League One
MK DonsMilton Keynes Dons1Lincoln CityLincoln City2

Milton Keynes Dons 1-2 Lincoln City

Tom Hopper scored a second-half winner to give Lincoln the perfect platform for their showdown with Liverpool after victory at MK Dons.

The visitors clinched a 2-1 win at Stadium MK ahead of the Imps' Carabao Cup tie with the Premier League champions on Thursday.

Jorge Grant's penalty was cancelled out by Joe Mason but Hopper's late header maintained Michael Appleton's side 100% start in League One.

Mason fired just wide for the hosts before Lincoln opened the scoring after 11 minutes.

A combination of Baily Cargill and Dean Lewington brought down Hopper before Grant scored from the resulting spot-kick.

Lee Nicholls' fine reaction stop denied Harry Anderson seven minutes after the break but the hosts improved and levelled just before the hour.

The Dons picked their way through on the edge of the box and, when the ball was flicked to Mason, who looked offside, he calmly finished past Alex Palmer.

The goalkeeper then turned Lewington's shot wide before Hopper's thumping header from Anderson's cross won it for the Imps with 12 minutes left to see them sit second in the table on goal difference.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

MK Dons

  • 1Nicholls
  • 15O'Hora
  • 3Lewington
  • 6CargillBooked at 64mins
  • 5PooleSubstituted forFraserat 86'minutes
  • 25BrittainBooked at 69mins
  • 24HoughtonBooked at 45mins
  • 8KasumuBooked at 73minsSubstituted forGladwinat 73'minutes
  • 21HarvieBooked at 25minsSubstituted forSorinolaat 64'minutes
  • 20Mason
  • 9Morris

Substitutes

  • 7Gladwin
  • 10Fraser
  • 18Sørensen
  • 19Nombe
  • 22Walker
  • 29Sorinola
  • 30Freeman

Lincoln City

  • 1Palmer
  • 22EyomaBooked at 90mins
  • 4Montsma
  • 5Jackson
  • 30RoughanSubstituted forMelbourneat 66'minutes
  • 23BridcuttSubstituted forMortonat 66'minutesBooked at 69mins
  • 18McGrandles
  • 8JonesBooked at 54mins
  • 26AndersonSubstituted forArchibaldat 90+1'minutes
  • 9Hopper
  • 10Grant

Substitutes

  • 3Melbourne
  • 7Edun
  • 11Scully
  • 14Archibald
  • 16Walsh
  • 19Morton
  • 29Ross
Referee:
Brett Huxtable

Match Stats

Home TeamMK DonsAway TeamLincoln City
Possession
Home68%
Away32%
Shots
Home12
Away6
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home12
Away19

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, MK Dons 1, Lincoln City 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, MK Dons 1, Lincoln City 2.

  3. Booking

    Timothy Eyoma (Lincoln City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Matthew Sorinola (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Timothy Eyoma (Lincoln City).

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Lincoln City. Theo Archibald replaces Harry Anderson.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Houghton (MK Dons).

  8. Post update

    Callum Morton (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Callum Brittain (MK Dons) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Scott Fraser.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ben Gladwin (MK Dons) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is saved in the centre of the goal.

  11. Post update

    Matthew Sorinola (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Timothy Eyoma (Lincoln City).

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, MK Dons. Scott Fraser replaces Regan Poole.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Joe Mason (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Carlton Morris.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Max Melbourne (Lincoln City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Conor McGrandles.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Jorge Grant (Lincoln City).

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. James Jones (Lincoln City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Callum Morton.

  19. Goal!

    Goal! MK Dons 1, Lincoln City 2. Tom Hopper (Lincoln City) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Harry Anderson with a cross.

  20. Post update

    Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Alex Palmer.