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Milton Keynes Dons 1-3 Tranmere Rovers

Rushian Hepburn-Murphy scored a hat-trick as Tranmere ran out winners over 10-man MK Dons.

Paul Tisdale's side had levelled through Ben Reeves, but the Dons' hopes of ending an eight-game winless league run were dashed when Kieran Agard was sent off just before half-time.

The visitors took the lead inside 15 minutes when Kieron Morris slotted the perfect cross into the path of Hepburn-Murphy, who tapped home from inside the box.

The Dons levelled when Reeves' left-footed strike from the edge of the Tranmere penalty area fizzed into the bottom corner - his first goal since making a summer return to the club.

MK's revival was scuppered minutes later when Agard received a straight red card for a dangerous challenge on Rovers' Neil Danns.

Micky Mellon's side retook the lead eight minutes after the break when Hepburn-Murphy raced onto Connor Jennings' neat through ball before coolly slotting home his second.

The 21-year-old completed his hat-trick in the 69th minute after a neat finish, rounding off a comfortable victory for Rovers and ending their two-game winless league run.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

MK Dons

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Nicholls
  • 2WilliamsSubstituted forCargillat 73'minutes
  • 4WalshBooked at 73mins
  • 15Moore-Taylor
  • 3Lewington
  • 25Brittain
  • 24HoughtonSubstituted forPooleat 73'minutes
  • 8Gilbey
  • 18McGrandlesBooked at 78mins
  • 7ReevesSubstituted forAsonganyiat 67'minutes
  • 14AgardBooked at 45mins

Substitutes

  • 5Poole
  • 6Cargill
  • 16Martin
  • 22Moore
  • 26Boateng
  • 33Harley
  • 37Asonganyi

Tranmere

Formation 3-4-3

  • 1Davies
  • 4Nelson
  • 6MontheBooked at 58mins
  • 3Ridehalgh
  • 14CapriceSubstituted forBlackett-Taylorat 54'minutes
  • 17Perkins
  • 35Danns
  • 22Wilson
  • 7Morris
  • 18Hepburn-MurphySubstituted forMullinat 82'minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 11JenningsBooked at 45mins

Substitutes

  • 5Ray
  • 8Potter
  • 9Mullin
  • 23Blackett-Taylor
  • 24Maddox
  • 25Pilling
  • 33Borthwick-Jackson
Referee:
Matt Donohue
Attendance:
7,171

Match Stats

Home TeamMK DonsAway TeamTranmere
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home6
Away16
Shots on Target
Home2
Away7
Corners
Home10
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away19

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, MK Dons 1, Tranmere Rovers 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, MK Dons 1, Tranmere Rovers 3.

  3. Post update

    Alex Gilbey (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Paul Mullin (Tranmere Rovers).

  5. Post update

    Regan Poole (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Corey Taylor (Tranmere Rovers).

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Alex Gilbey (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  8. Post update

    Regan Poole (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Corey Taylor (Tranmere Rovers).

  10. Post update

    Offside, Tranmere Rovers. Paul Mullin tries a through ball, but Corey Taylor is caught offside.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Lee Nicholls.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Kieron Morris (Tranmere Rovers) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kane Wilson.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Lee Nicholls.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Corey Taylor (Tranmere Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kane Wilson.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Paul Mullin (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by David Perkins.

  16. Post update

    Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Scott Davies.

  17. Booking

    Paul Mullin (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

  18. Post update

    Hand ball by Paul Mullin (Tranmere Rovers).

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Liam Ridehalgh (Tranmere Rovers).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wycombe1696125141133
2Ipswich1493224101430
3Peterborough1684439221728
4Oxford Utd1675433191426
5Fleetwood158252719826
6Coventry166822018226
7Sunderland157442216625
8Blackpool166732219325
9Bristol Rovers167451919025
10Rotherham1573524131124
11Doncaster146532416823
12Shrewsbury155641215-321
13Burton145541815320
14Rochdale165472027-719
15Portsmouth144641615118
16Gillingham164662020018
17Lincoln City165381821-318
18Tranmere154472028-816
19Accrington163671726-915
20Wimbledon163492026-613
21MK Dons1641111325-1213
22Southend1612131644-285
23Bolton13247729-22-2
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