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MK Dons   2 - 0   Southampton

MK Dons v Southampton

MK Dons 2-0 Southampton

By Paul Fletcher
BBC Sport at stadium:mk

MK Dons won their third straight home fixture in League One to climb to third in the table, as new Southampton manager Nigel Adkins tasted defeat in his first game in charge of Saints.

Dons boss Karl Robinson turned 30 on Monday and enjoyed a belated birthday present as his team bounced back from their defeat at Brighton on Saturday.

Angelo Balanta struck the opening goal with a precise right-foot finish after 72 minutes, while Peter Leven secured the points close to the final whistle after Kelvin Davis parried his initial effort.

It was Southampton's fourth straight defeat without scoring a goal since the sacking of Alan Pardew.

The home team were compact in midfield, organised in defence and made good use of the width of the pitch at stadium:mk, but for large periods of the first half it was Southampton who looked most likely to open the scoring.

Adkins, who was given a generous reception by the Saints fans after taking his place in the dug-out, saw his team create several good chances.


Rickie Lambert forced a sensational fingertip save from David Martin with an opportunistic dipping strike, while the impressive Morgan Schneiderlin shot narrowly over with a technically brilliant volley from just outside the area.

Schneiderlin had a later effort palmed clear by Martin, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlin, who looked dangerous when running at goal, drilled the follow-up wide.

MK Dons struggled to retain possession and spent periods chasing the game but they did create two good first-half chances.

Davis made a brilliant reaction save to deny Lewis Guy, who deftly controlled a square ball from Luke Chadwick before shooting from 12 yards.

Nigel Adkins
Adkins left Scunthorpe to take over at Southampton at the weekend

Central defender Mathias Kouo-Doumbe then wasted a great chance minutes before the break, heading over a Leven free-kick despite being just eight yards from goal.

Another precise delivery from Leven shortly after the restart found Jabo Ibehre, on as a first-half substitute after Sam Baldock picked up an injury, but the replacement also headed over.

Leven tried to catch Davis off his line with an audacious 60-yard effort that the keeper comfortably caught, while Balanta, on as a 55th-minute replacement for Dietmar Hamann, narrowly missed after a surging run down the left.

The home team had improved after the restart and might have been awarded a penalty after Jermaine Easter went down after tangling with Daniel Seaborne but referee Fred Graham waved play on.

But there was no debate about Balanta's goal, which came at the end of a well-constructed build-up that started when Luke Chadwick picked out skipper Dean Lewington with a superb raking pass.

Lewington then played a cracking through ball, with the outside of his right boot, that Balanta controlled before guiding his strike beyond Davis.

Easter almost secured the points with a header that rebounded off the crossbar, but Leven made the points safe with his close-range finish.

MK Dons boss Karl Robinson told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"We knew we'd have to weather a storm, with a new manager and a new style of football.

"We knew that if we got over the first 10-15 minutes that our quality would tell. We thought we'd sit off them, let them have a bit of play and hit them on the counter.

"Tonight, luckily, it's worked in our favour, or tactics worked."

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Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Npower League One

Home Team Score Away Team Time
MK Dons 2-0 Southampton FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Balanta 72
  • Leven 87

    MK Dons

    • 01 Martin
    • 03 Lewington
    • 04 Doumbe
    • 06 O'Hanlon (Wilbraham 82)
    • 15 Woodards
    • 16 Hamann (Balanta 55)
    • 22 Leven
    • 26 Chadwick yellow card
    • 08 Easter
    • 10 Baldock (Ibehre 11)
    • 14 Guy


    • 17 Searle,
    • 23 Chicksen,
    • 24 Flanagan,
    • 13 Carrington,
    • 09 Wilbraham,
    • 11 Balanta,
    • 19 Ibehre


    • 01 Davis
    • 03 Harding
    • 06 Fonte
    • 12 Butterfield
    • 19 Seaborne
    • 04 Schneiderlin yellow card
    • 10 Puncheon
    • 14 Hammond
    • 26 Chamberlain (Holmes 90+1)
    • 07 Lambert
    • 22 Connolly (Wotton 65)


    • 24 Bialkowski,
    • 05 Dickson,
    • 15 Jaidi,
    • 18 Mills,
    • 11 Guly,
    • 16 Wotton,
    • 21 Holmes
    Ref: GrahamAtt: 8,133


    • MK Dons 54%
    • Southampton 46%

    Attempts on target

    • MK Dons 3
    • Southampton 2

    Attempts off target

    • MK Dons 2
    • Southampton 2


    • MK Dons 2
    • Southampton 5


    • MK Dons 4
    • Southampton 10
    • Final Result
    • 93:36 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+0:38 Substitution Alec Chamberlain goes off and Lee Holmes comes on.
    • 90:00 The referee signals the end of the game.
    • 86:57 Assist on the goal came from Dean Lewington.
    • 86:57 GOAL - Peter LevenMK Dons 2 - 0 Southampton A goal is scored by Peter Leven from inside the six-yard box to the top left corner of the goal. Milton Keynes Dons 2-0 Southampton.
    • 84:11 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Peter Leven from the right by-line, Richard Lambert manages to make a clearance.
    • 81:27 Kelvin Davis takes the free kick.
    • 81:27 Substitution Aaron Wilbraham is brought on as a substitute for Sean O'Hanlon.
    • 81:27 Foul by Peter Leven on Morgan Schneiderlin, free kick awarded.
    • 80:23 Outswinging corner taken by Jason Puncheon from the left by-line.
    • 79:02 Jermaine Easter is caught offside. Kelvin Davis restarts play with the free kick.
    • 76:04 Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Peter Leven, clearance made by Morgan Schneiderlin.
    • 71:05 Jermaine Easter provided the assist for the goal.
    • 71:05 GOAL - Angelo BalantaMK Dons 1 - 0 Southampton Angelo Balanta grabs a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Milton Keynes Dons 1-0 Southampton.
    • 64:41 The assistant referee signals for offside against Jabo Ibehre. Indirect free kick taken by Danny Butterfield.
    • 64:04 Substitution Paul Wotton on for David Connolly.
    • 63:34 Short corner taken by Jason Puncheon from the right by-line.
    • 61:54 Angelo Balanta fouled by Danny Butterfield, the ref awards a free kick. Dean Lewington takes the direct free kick.
    • 59:35 Outswinging corner taken by Jason Puncheon from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Luke Chadwick.
    • 54:49 Substitution Angelo Balanta replaces Dietmar Hamann.
    • 54:03 Sean O'Hanlon restarts play with the free kick.
    • 54:03 Booking Morgan Schneiderlin goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
    • 53:53 Jermaine Easter fouled by Morgan Schneiderlin, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 48:10 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jason Puncheon on Jermaine Easter. Peter Leven takes the direct free kick.
    • 46:08 Luke Chadwick fouled by Morgan Schneiderlin, the ref awards a free kick. Luke Chadwick takes the direct free kick.
    • 45:01 The second half has started.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00 The referee blows for half time.
    • 38:14 Foul by Dan Harding on Luke Chadwick, free kick awarded. Peter Leven delivers the ball, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Jermaine Easter goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
    • 32:59 Jose Fonte gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jabo Ibehre. Direct free kick taken by Dean Lewington.
    • 31:32 Kelvin Davis takes the direct free kick.
    • 31:32 Booking Booking for Luke Chadwick for unsporting behaviour.
    • 31:21 Dan Harding fouled by Luke Chadwick, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 27:55 The official flags Luke Chadwick offside. Indirect free kick taken by Kelvin Davis.
    • 25:09 Lewis Guy takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save by Kelvin Davis.
    • 22:36 Shot by Morgan Schneiderlin from outside the box goes high over the crossbar.
    • 21:01 Danny Butterfield concedes a free kick for a foul on Luke Chadwick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Peter Leven.
    • 20:22 Jason Puncheon decides to take the corner short.
    • 19:57 Richard Lambert has an effort at goal. David Martin makes a save.
    • 18:03 Free kick awarded for a foul by Daniel Seaborne on Jabo Ibehre. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Peter Leven, save by Kelvin Davis.
    • 17:19 Shot by Morgan Schneiderlin. Save by David Martin.
    • 16:55 The official flags Jermaine Easter offside. Indirect free kick taken by Kelvin Davis.
    • 14:21 Free kick awarded for a foul by Dean Lewington on David Connolly. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Jason Puncheon, clearance by Dietmar Hamann.
    • 12:30 Jose Fonte concedes a free kick for a foul on Jermaine Easter. Peter Leven sends in a cross, Mathias Doumbe produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
    • 10:30 Substitution Jabo Ibehre joins the action as a substitute, replacing Sam Baldock.
    • 9:51 The referee blows for offside against Richard Lambert. Mathias Doumbe takes the indirect free kick.
    • 5:48 Effort from outside the box by Jason Puncheon goes wide right of the target.
    • 4:05 David Connolly gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dean Lewington. David Martin takes the free kick.
    • Correction - 2:26 Sean O'Hanlon concedes a free kick for a foul on Morgan Schneiderlin. Free kick taken by Morgan Schneiderlin.
    • 2:26 Foul by Sean O'Hanlon on Morgan Schneiderlin, free kick awarded. Morgan Schneiderlin takes the free kick.
    • 0:40 Corner taken by Jason Puncheon played to the near post, Luke Chadwick manages to make a clearance.

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    15 Sep 2010 23:59 UK

    Npower League One table snapshot

    As it stood on 15 Sep 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Peterborough 6 6 12
    2 Carlisle 6 6 12
    3 MK Dons 6 0 12
    4 Bournemouth 6 9 11
    5 Huddersfield 6 4 11
    6 Rochdale 6 4 11
    7 Sheff Wed 6 6 10
    8 Brighton 5 3 10
    9 Colchester 6 2 10
    10 Charlton 6 1 10
    11 Oldham 6 1 9
    12 Exeter 5 -1 8
    13 Notts County 6 -2 7
    14 Yeovil 6 -4 7
    15 Swindon 6 -1 6
    16 Walsall 6 -2 6
    17 Bristol R 6 -6 6
    18 Plymouth 5 -3 5
    19 Brentford 6 -4 5
    20 Hartlepool 6 -5 5
    21 Tranmere 6 -5 5
    22 Southampton 6 -2 4
    23 Leyton Orient 6 -3 4
    24 Dag & Red 5 -4 4