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Milton Keynes Dons 0-1 Wolves

Liam McAlinden

Wolves moved six points clear at the top of League One after substitute Liam McAlinden's first league goal for the club gave them victory at MK Dons.

Striker McAlinden headed in Kevin McDonald's cross a minute after Dons substitute Sanmi Odelusi was sent off for two bookings in two minutes.

Michael Jacobs and Nouha Dicko also went close for Wolves, while Dons' Dean Bowditch saw a free-kick tipped wide.

Defeat for the hosts left them three points off the play-off places.

It was the Dons' fourth successive home defeat but Wolves, who were backed by more than 8,800 fans as a new record attendance was set at Stadium MK, now have daylight between themselves and the chasing pack.

They are now six points ahead of second-placed Brentford, who were held 0-0 at Oldham, and 10 clear of Leyton Orient in third after they lost 1-0 at home to Bradford.

Wolves had marginally the better openings of a cagey first half as Jacobs shot tamely at home keeper David Martin, who also tipped over a Dicko effort.

Dicko went close again at the start of the second half, while at the other end striker Bowditch saw his free-kick pushed around the post by Wolves keeper Carl Ikeme.

But the game swung in the visitors' favour when Odelusi, a 58th-minute substitute, was shown two yellow cards in quick succession for fouls on Scott Golbourne.

And McAlinden, whose only previous senior Wolves goal came in a Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie against Walsall last August, made his side's numerical advantage count immediately when he nodded in to win it.

MK Dons boss Karl Robinson told BBC Three Counties Radio:

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MK Dons boss Karl Robinson on Wolves loss

"I thought the players' hunger, their fight, determination and bravery, in and out of possession, was tremendous.

"These young players are getting tremendous experience; the future is certainly bright at MK Dons.

"You've got to accept we've been beaten here by the best team in the league. I think it was a very fair and equal game today.

"I think the players, young and old, gave everything they've got in their bodies and I don't think they could have done much more."

Wolves head coach Kenny Jackett told BBC WM:

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Post-match: Wolves boss Jackett

"It was a terrific win here on a pitch that made it very difficult for both teams, we just had to find a way of winning.

"I just think you need a variation in tactics, you can't just play one way. Our midfield players have scored goals this season so it's worked for us.

"The advantage for myself is I've been around these leagues for a long time. I've just spent three years in the Championship and before that three years in League One.

"Look forward positively is the important thing for us now. We're hoping that Bakary Sako and perhaps Matt Doherty will come back."

Line-ups

MK Dons

  • 1Martin
  • 18Baldock
  • 3Lewington
  • 14Alli
  • 23Spence
  • 24KayBooked at 29mins
  • 29KennedySubstituted forOdelusiat 58'minutesBooked at 80mins
  • 11Smith
  • 26LoveridgeSubstituted forRasuloat 73'minutes
  • 9BowditchSubstituted forGallowayat 82'minutes
  • 17Powell

Substitutes

  • 15Randall
  • 19Galloway
  • 20Rasulo
  • 21Hall
  • 27Odelusi
  • 50Burns

Wolves

  • 13Ikeme
  • 18Ricketts
  • 26Golbourne
  • 11McDonald
  • 6Batth
  • 5Stearman
  • 27Jacobs
  • 19PriceSubstituted forMcAlindenat 61'minutes
  • 40DickoSubstituted forClarkeat 61'minutes
  • 4Edwards
  • 7Henry

Substitutes

  • 3Elokobi
  • 8Davis
  • 9Clarke
  • 14Evans
  • 20McAlinden
  • 23Ebanks-Landell
  • 31McCarey
Referee:
Kevin Wright
Attendance:
20,516

Match Stats

Home TeamMK DonsAway TeamWolves
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home4
Away8
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home14
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, MK Dons 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, MK Dons 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

Foul by Jordan Spence (MK Dons).

Liam McAlinden (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Jordan Spence (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Leon Clarke (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Foul by George Baldock (MK Dons).

Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Bamidele Alli (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Brendan Galloway replaces Dean Bowditch.

Goal!

Goal! MK Dons 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Liam McAlinden (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kevin McDonald with a cross.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Sanmi Odelusi (MK Dons).

Foul by Sanmi Odelusi (MK Dons).

Scott Golbourne (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Sanmi Odelusi (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Sanmi Odelusi (MK Dons).

Scott Golbourne (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Dean Bowditch (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Giorgio Rasulo (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Michael Jacobs (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Attempt missed. Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Dean Lewington (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Giorgio Rasulo replaces James Loveridge.

Daniel Powell (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Sam Ricketts (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Attempt missed. Sanmi Odelusi (MK Dons) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Sam Ricketts.

Foul by Sanmi Odelusi (MK Dons).

Scott Golbourne (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Dean Lewington.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Leon Clarke replaces Nouha Dicko.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Liam McAlinden replaces Jack Price.

Foul by Dean Lewington (MK Dons).

David Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves39268572254786
2Brentford38248662352780
3Leyton Orient402210872373576
4Rotherham392112673452875
5Preston402015556381875
6Peterborough38184165952758
7Swindon40169155853557
8Walsall401414124541456
9MK Dons40167175654255
10Sheff Utd38149154042-251
11Port Vale39156185265-1351
12Bradford391115135048248
13Coventry391610137069148
14Gillingham39146195163-1248
15Bristol City401016146263-146
16Crawley361113123844-646
17Oldham401111184355-1244
18Colchester391013164453-943
19Notts County40124245469-1540
20Tranmere391010194769-2240
21Carlisle391010193961-2240
22Crewe401010204775-2840
23Shrewsbury40814183650-1438
24Stevenage39108214060-2038
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