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Milton Keynes Dons 2-1 AFC Wimbledon: Dons hold on to beat rivals

Sam Nombe scores for MK Dons
Sam Nombe needed just 10 minutes to find the net in his first start for Milton Keynes Dons

Milton Keynes Dons held on to beat rivals AFC Wimbledon in the latest meeting between the two bitter rivals.

Sam Nombe opened the scoring early on as he held off Paul Kalambayi before his powerful low shot from 18 yards bounced off both posts and in.

Rhys Healey doubled the lead with a strike from the edge of the box after good footwork to beat his marker.

Marcus Forss scored scored five minutes into his Wimbledon debut to set up a tense finish.

The win moves Paul Tisdale's side close to the top half of the table while the visitors stay in the early League One relegation zone.

The south London phoenix club were formed in 2002 by Wimbledon FC supporters upset by the Football Association's decision to allow their club to move to Milton Keynes and 2003 and subsequently change their name to MK Dons in the summer of 2004.

While emotions among some fans of the old Wimbledon FC are still raw, the club that replaced them failed to take their chances.

Nombe's early goal set the tone in a fixture which never threatened to boil over, and while the hosts scored with their two best efforts of the first half, AFC Wimbledon spurned two chances that were arguably better.

Joe Piggott had a close-range header go straight into Lee Nicholls' arms while Kwesi Appiah headed weakly at the goalkeeper from inside the six-yard box seven minutes later.

A quiet second period was brightened when Kalambayi had an effort saved by Nicholls from a corner after an hour and Appiah skied an effort straight after, before Michael Folivi was repelled by Nicholls.

Wimbledon finally found a way past the hosts' goalkeeper with seven minutes left as Brentford loanee Forss peeled off at the back post to brilliantly head Nesta Guinness-Walker's cross back across the face of goal and into the opposite corner of the net.

Kalambayi saw a header from a stoppage-time corner drift just wide as the visitors tried in vain to come away with a point.

Line-ups

MK Dons

  • 1Nicholls
  • 2Williams
  • 16Martin
  • 4Walsh
  • 18McGrandles
  • 24Houghton
  • 29Kasumu
  • 8GilbeySubstituted forBoatengat 77'minutes
  • 3Lewington
  • 27NombeSubstituted forAgardat 84'minutes
  • 10HealeySubstituted forBoweryat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Bowery
  • 11Dickenson
  • 14Agard
  • 22Moore
  • 26Boateng
  • 33Harley
  • 37Asonganyi

Wimbledon

  • 24McDonnell
  • 30Kalambayi
  • 6ThomasSubstituted forFoliviat 45'minutes
  • 21Delaney
  • 2O'Neill
  • 7WagstaffSubstituted forSandersat 45'minutes
  • 5Nightingale
  • 33Reilly
  • 18Guinness-Walker
  • 39Pigott
  • 9AppiahSubstituted forForssat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Roscrow
  • 12Rudoni
  • 13Tzanev
  • 15Forss
  • 17Folivi
  • 23Sanders
  • 37Osew
Referee:
Ben Toner
Attendance:
8,627

Match Stats

Home TeamMK DonsAway TeamWimbledon
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home9
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away6
Fouls
Home8
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, MK Dons 2, AFC Wimbledon 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, MK Dons 2, AFC Wimbledon 1.

Attempt missed. Paul Kalambayi (AFC Wimbledon) header from very close range is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Luke O'Neill with a cross following a corner.

Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Conor McGrandles.

Conor McGrandles (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael Folivi (AFC Wimbledon).

Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by David Kasumu.

Foul by Jordan Bowery (MK Dons).

Nesta Guinness-Walker (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Kieran Agard replaces Sam Nombe.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Jordan Bowery replaces Rhys Healey.

Goal!

Goal! MK Dons 2, AFC Wimbledon 1. Marcus Forss (AFC Wimbledon) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Callum Reilly with a cross.

Rhys Healey (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ryan Delaney (AFC Wimbledon).

Substitution

Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Marcus Forss replaces Kwesi Appiah.

Foul by Sam Nombe (MK Dons).

Ryan Delaney (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Hiram Boateng replaces Alex Gilbey.

Attempt saved. Alex Gilbey (MK Dons) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Dean Lewington with a cross.

Joe Walsh (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael Folivi (AFC Wimbledon).

Hand ball by Kwesi Appiah (AFC Wimbledon).

Attempt saved. Rhys Healey (MK Dons) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Russell Martin.

Jordan Houghton (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kwesi Appiah (AFC Wimbledon).

Sam Nombe (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ryan Delaney (AFC Wimbledon).

Attempt saved. Michael Folivi (AFC Wimbledon) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kwesi Appiah.

Foul by Joe Walsh (MK Dons).

Paul Kalambayi (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Max Sanders.

Rhys Healey (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Will Nightingale (AFC Wimbledon).

Attempt missed. Kwesi Appiah (AFC Wimbledon) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Joe Pigott.

Attempt saved. Paul Kalambayi (AFC Wimbledon) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by David Kasumu (MK Dons).

Michael Folivi (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Sam Nombe (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ryan Delaney (AFC Wimbledon).

Foul by Jordan Houghton (MK Dons).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wycombe7430137615
2Coventry7430138515
3Ipswich64201441014
4Fleetwood7412129313
5Lincoln City7403137612
6Blackpool7331128412
7Doncaster532096311
8Sunderland632198111
9Peterborough6312126610
10Burton631285310
11Rochdale62318539
12MK Dons6303811-39
13Bristol Rovers7223810-28
14Shrewsbury622246-28
15Rotherham521256-17
16Gillingham613211836
17Tranmere6123101005
18Portsmouth51227705
19Accrington6123812-45
20Oxford Utd71241015-55
21Wimbledon7025612-62
22Southend6006417-130
23Bolton5014017-17-11
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