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Milton Keynes Dons 1-0 Reading

Joe Walsh's winner for MK Dons
Walsh's winner was his first goal for MK Dons, and the first time he had found the net since scoring for Crawley in August 2014

Joe Walsh's acrobatic late volley gave MK Dons a hard-fought win over Reading that sees them climb away from the Championship relegation zone.

Matej Vydra wasted Reading's best chance before the break, firing wide after Garath McCleary's solo run.

In the second half, Oliver Norwood's half-volley brought a fine save from home keeper David Martin.

But the Dons won it when Walsh struck from close range after Rob Hall's corner was not cleared.

It was Walsh's first goal for the club and earned Karl Robinson's side their first victory of 2016.

The defeat was Reading's first of the new year, but also extended their winless run to three games under new manager Brian McDermott.

The Royals drop to 14th, while the Dons, who released midfielder Sergio Aguza before the game, move up a place to 20th and remain two points above the drop zone.

MK Dons boss Karl Robinson:

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Robinson on MK Dons v Reading

"I think today we looked strong. We didn't make any errors and we went and nicked it at the end.

"The heart in the players is sensational, especially on the back of the 5-0 loss on Tuesday night - that wasn't a team that was beaten 5-0 today, we looked really confident.

"We've got a mentality here that we stick together through thick and thin and it's about developing that here at the club."

Reading manager Brian McDermott:

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McDermott defends Vydra after MK Dons loss

"I couldn't see us losing that game today for one minute. I thought we were going to go on and win it if I'm honest - we were the better team.

"But we got done by a set-play which is what happened to us at Wolves and it's something I really need to sort out as the manager.

"We have to start finding the consistency from within us and make sure that we get the right results."

Line-ups

MK Dons

  • 1Martin
  • 12Spence
  • 5McFadzeanBooked at 67mins
  • 16Walsh
  • 3Lewington
  • 8Potter
  • 44Forster-Caskey
  • 38HallSubstituted forUpsonat 87'minutes
  • 14CarruthersBooked at 63minsSubstituted forHodsonat 90+3'minutes
  • 31MurphySubstituted forBowditchat 90+4'minutes
  • 28Maynard

Substitutes

  • 2Hodson
  • 4Upson
  • 9Bowditch
  • 10Reeves
  • 11Church
  • 19Hitchcock
  • 22Cropper

Reading

  • 26Al Habsi
  • 2GunterBooked at 25mins
  • 15Ferdinand
  • 35Cooper
  • 3Taylor
  • 23WilliamsBooked at 84mins
  • 6Norwood
  • 12McCleary
  • 17PiazonSubstituted forJohnat 64'minutes
  • 9Robson-KanuBooked at 37minsSubstituted forCoxat 82'minutes
  • 7Vydra

Substitutes

  • 1Bond
  • 10
  • 19Fernández Iglesias
  • 20John
  • 21Quinn
  • 31Cox
  • 34Keown
Referee:
Charles Breakspear
Attendance:
13,062

Match Stats

Home TeamMK DonsAway TeamReading
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home11
Away14
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away8
Fouls
Home17
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, MK Dons 1, Reading 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, MK Dons 1, Reading 0.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Dean Bowditch replaces Josh Murphy.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Lee Hodson replaces Samir Carruthers.

Garath McCleary (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Josh Murphy (MK Dons).

Attempt missed. Danny Williams (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Dean Lewington.

Attempt missed. Jake Cooper (Reading) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the right following a corner.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Matt Upson replaces Robert Hall.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Jordan Spence.

Booking

Danny Williams (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Danny Williams (Reading).

Josh Murphy (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Simon Cox replaces Hal Robson-Kanu.

Attempt missed. Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Oliver Norwood with a cross following a set piece situation.

Matej Vydra (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Kyle McFadzean (MK Dons).

Danny Williams (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jake Forster-Caskey (MK Dons).

Oliver Norwood (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Samir Carruthers (MK Dons).

Goal!

Goal! MK Dons 1, Reading 0. Joe Walsh (MK Dons) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner following a corner.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Ali Al Habsi.

Attempt saved. Jake Forster-Caskey (MK Dons) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Samir Carruthers.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Jake Cooper.

Ola John (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Robert Hall (MK Dons).

Chris Gunter (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Josh Murphy (MK Dons).

Foul by Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading).

Kyle McFadzean (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Ali Al Habsi (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Robert Hall (MK Dons).

Attempt saved. Nicky Maynard (MK Dons) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jake Forster-Caskey.

Offside, Reading. Oliver Norwood tries a through ball, but Anton Ferdinand is caught offside.

Booking

Kyle McFadzean (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Matej Vydra (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kyle McFadzean (MK Dons).

Attempt blocked. Josh Murphy (MK Dons) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Darren Potter.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Middlesbrough26174537132455
2Hull27165644182653
3Derby271310438211749
4Burnley27139542241848
5Brighton27121143227547
6Sheff Wed27129641301145
7Ipswich2712963732545
8Birmingham2712783428643
9Cardiff27101073329440
10Wolves27107103637-137
11Brentford27106113839-136
12Nottm Forest2781182925435
13Preston2781182424035
14Reading2797113130134
15QPR2781093434034
16Huddersfield2788113637-132
17Leeds2771192732-532
18Blackburn2661192323029
19Fulham27610114347-428
20MK Dons2775152238-1626
21Rotherham2773173247-1524
22Bristol City2759132446-2224
23Charlton2748152153-3220
24Bolton27211142145-2417
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