League One
MK DonsMilton Keynes Dons0PeterboroughPeterborough United2

Milton Keynes Dons 0-2 Peterborough

Britt Assombalonga

Britt Assombalonga scored twice to beat MK Dons and strengthen Peterborough United's League One play-off prospects.

Dons keeper David Martin saved from Assombalonga and Nicky Ajose, with Sanmi Odelusi testing Bobby Olejnik at the other end in a goalless first half.

After the break, Assombalonga tucked in Michael Bostwick's cross and then converted from the spot after George Baldock fouled Conor Washington.

The brace takes the former Watford striker's tally to 27 for the season.

The home side, who could only name six substitutes, were looking for a third consecutive win to put pressure on sixth-placed Posh, but Olejnik's save from Dean Lewington's effort was as close as they came to a late rally.

Instead, Darren Ferguson's men pulled six points clear of MK with a game in hand.

MK Dons boss Karl Robinson told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"We understand how difficult it was going to be today, but there was very few opportunities in the first half.

"(On the penalty) I've seen a frame by frame. It's definitely not a penalty.

"We've been beaten, we've got to accept that. They'll be a lot of people, including myself, who will be very disappointed leaving today.

"I don't think the players attitude can be questioned today. I thought everyone put a right effort in, and so did the fans."

Line-ups

MK Dons

Formation 4-5-1

  • 1Martin
  • 18BaldockBooked at 60mins
  • 3LewingtonBooked at 29mins
  • 7GleesonBooked at 30mins
  • 23SpenceBooked at 55mins
  • 24Kay
  • 21HallSubstituted forRasuloat 77'minutes
  • 14AlliBooked at 84mins
  • 13McLeodBooked at 82mins
  • 11SmithSubstituted forChadwickat 62'minutes
  • 27OdelusiSubstituted forBowditchat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Flanagan
  • 9Bowditch
  • 10Chadwick
  • 15Randall
  • 20Rasulo
  • 50Burns

Peterborough

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Olejnik
  • 31Little
  • 2AlcockBooked at 19mins
  • 6Bostwick
  • 5Baldwin
  • 22NugentBooked at 66mins
  • 36McQuoid
  • 14RoweBooked at 82mins
  • 9Assombalonga
  • 21Ajose
  • 24WashingtonSubstituted forIsgroveat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Brisley
  • 8Payne
  • 11McCann
  • 13Day
  • 17Newell
  • 20Knight-Percival
  • 37Isgrove
Referee:
Keith Hill
Attendance:
9,590

Match Stats

Home TeamMK DonsAway TeamPeterborough
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home16
Away15
Shots on Target
Home4
Away11
Corners
Home6
Away7
Fouls
Home13
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, MK Dons 0, Peterborough United 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, MK Dons 0, Peterborough United 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Dean Bowditch (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  4. Post update

    Hand ball by Britt Assombalonga (Peterborough United).

  5. Post update

    Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Ben Nugent.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Dean Lewington (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Dean Lewington (MK Dons) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Peterborough United. Lloyd Isgrove replaces Conor Washington.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Luke Chadwick (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Giorgio Rasulo (MK Dons) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  11. Post update

    Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Michael Bostwick.

  12. Booking

    Bamidele Alli (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card.

  13. Post update

    Bamidele Alli (MK Dons) has gone down, but that's a dive.

  14. Post update

    Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Robert Olejnik.

  15. Booking

    Izale McLeod (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card.

  16. Booking

    Tommy Rowe (Peterborough United) is shown the yellow card.

  17. Post update

    Izale McLeod (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Jack Baldwin (Peterborough United).

  19. Post update

    Dean Lewington (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Josh McQuoid (Peterborough United).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves35238464214377
2Brentford35237559312876
3Leyton Orient37228770343674
4Preston361814452361668
5Rotherham361812667442366
6Peterborough361841458481058
7MK Dons37157155350352
8Walsall371213124140149
9Swindon37139155351248
10Sheff Utd34138133738-147
11Port Vale35144174655-946
12Bradford361015114844445
13Gillingham37136184960-1145
14Crawley32101393639-343
15Bristol City37915135459-542
16Coventry35149126463141
17Colchester35912143945-639
18Oldham37109184154-1339
19Tranmere36109174464-2039
20Carlisle36108183857-1938
21Stevenage36107193755-1837
22Crewe37910184269-2737
23Shrewsbury36713163447-1334
24Notts County3794244567-2231
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