Milton Keynes Dons 0 Scunthorpe United 2
Report of match 6th December 2008
Reporter Iron-Bru @ stadium:mk
Late second-half goals from substitutes Ian Morris and Gary Thompson gave the Iron a deserved win against MK Dons.It was nothing more than they deserved after spurning several great chances in the first half. They now move a point behind the Dons.
After not playing in 11 days the Dons looked very rusty in the first half and in the first 15 minutes gifted the visitors two great chances.
Firstly Alan Navarro inadvertently flicked the ball through for Marcus Williams, whose powerful left-foot shot was well parried by Willy Gueret.
Then Carl Regan's clumsy back header went straight to Gary Hooper who turned well in the box and hit a snap shot just past the post.
Dons just couldn't get any foothold in the game, were sloppy in possession and lacking ideas and creativity up front.
They then gifted Hooper another golden opportunity as on-loan West Ham defender Bondz N'Gala stupidly let the ball run behind him and the pacy Hooper picked his pocket and went round the Gueret, only for Regan to rescue the situation and clear.
Dons did eventually start to wake up as the half went on. Jason Puncheon faked to shoot before hitting a shot that required a smart save from Joe Murphy.
Then Ali Gerba's clever flick from Shaun Cummings' low cross forced a decent reaction save from Murphy.
Dons came out with a little more energy in the second half, but they still couldn't fashion a clear-cut chance. Puncheon had several long-range efforts that missed the target.
The Cowshed were after a penalty when Sam Baldock was outmuscled in the penalty area, but the referee got it spot on as he waived play on.
Then with 13 minutes left Morris hit the Dons with a superb strike. He got on the end of a knockdown and hit a fierce half-volley into the roof of the net from 20 yards.
Then five minutes later Thompson was left completely unmarked to tap in Williams' cross at the back post and seal a deserved win.
|Competition: Coca-Cola League One Date: Saturday, 6th December 2008 Kick off: 15:00 Venue: stadium:mk|
||0 - 2||Scunthorpe U.
|14||Carl Regan (Wilbraham 82)||7|
|7||Mark Wright (Johnson 71)||6|
|18||Ali Gerba (Flo 61)||5|
|35||Tore Andre Flo (Gerba 61)||6|
|9||Aaron Wilbraham (Regan 82)|
|8||Jemal Johnson (Wright 71)|
|15||David Mirfin (Wright 39)||7|
|16||Martyn Woolford (Thompson 77)||7|
|30||Ben May (Morris 56)||6|
|8||Garry Thompson (Woolford 77)|
|24||Andrew Wright (Mirfin 39)||7|
|27||Ian Morris (May 56)||7|
|Milton Keynes cards shown|
|44 mins||Sam Baldock||Dissent|
|59 mins||Jason Puncheon||Dissent|
|Scunthorpe U. cards shown|
|45 mins||Grant McCann||Unsporting behaviour|