Match Details: 15/09/2012
Milton Keynes Dons 1-0 Yeovil Town
npower League One
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Marek Stech, 2. Luke Ayling, 4. Richard Hinds, 5. Byron Webster, 6. Dominic Blizzard, 8. Ed Upson, 9. James Hayter, 14. Sam Foley, 15. Lewis Young, 16. Nathan Ralph, 19. Gozie Ugwu,
Subs: 7. Keanu Marsh-Brown, 11. Reuben Reid, 12. Gareth Stewart, 17. Rohan Ince, 18. Archange Nkumu, 21. Korey Smith
Substitutes Used: Korey Smith for James Hayter (62 mins), Reuben Reid for Gozie Ugwu (62 mins), Keanu Marsh-Brown for Luke Ayling (77 mins)
Bookings: Luke Ayling (Foul, 30), Gozie Ugwu (Foul, 39), Byron Webster (Foul, 57)
Yeovil Town slipped to their second consecutive defeat this afternoon as a poor performance against Milton Keynes Dons saw them suffer a 1-0 defeat. A Charlie MacDonald strike 16 minutes from time saw the Dons gain a deserved winner, in a match where the home side dominated across the very large majority of the 90 minutes.
The Glovers went into match making two changes to their starting line-up, with Gozie Ugwu and Lewis Young coming in for Reuben Reid and Keanu Marsh-Brown respectively. There was also space for new loan signing Korey Smith, who had agreed a 93 day loan spell with the team on the morning of the game, coming in from Norwich City.
The first half was a woeful one for any Glovers fans watching - dominated by the home side to such an extreme that it was hard to remember the visitors entering the opposition penalty area. They were saved only by the Dons often looking as though they had put their boots on the wrong way round, or by the masterful goalkeeping of Marek Stech, who kept the scores level on a number of occasions.
That said, neither side managed a decent shot on goal during a quiet opening 20 minutes. Daniel Powell had been exploiting Nathan Ralph's flank well, but it took him until midway through the half to plant a decent cross into the box, with Luke Chadwick forcing Marek Stech into an excellent tip-over save that went out for a corner.
Then came a comedy moment as a Dean Bowditch corner was passed out to Ryan Lowe with the Yeovil defence having gone to sleep, but despite the Dons player being left in acres of space on the edge of the box, his air swing at the ball was met with gales of laughter by the travelling supporters. Yeovil were making their own errors though, and Byron Webster's poor backpass let in Luke Chadwick free on goal, with the stand-in captain's blushes rescued by Marek Stech racing out of his box and beating the striker to the ball - just!
The first period had been as poor as it could possibly get from a Yeovil attacking point of view, and so it was good to see the Glovers get two quick chances within minutes of the restart. Dominic Blizzard, who was once on the home side's books, forced David Martin into his first save of the match as he tipped over for a corner, and from that set piece, Luke Ayling's header was denied by the outstretched boot of Darren Potter, who was stood on the goalpost for the corner.
In comparison, this was a much improved Yeovil half, but it was still obvious as to who was on top. Luke Chadwick's shot on the angle as he beat Luke Ayling down the channel, saw the outside of the goalframe rattled as his narrow angle drive eventually went out for a goal kick. Then Marek Stech had to save twice as Darren Potter and Dean Bowditch breached the defence.
The goal when it came, was thoroughly deserved. Darren Potter's long ball broke the Yeovil offside trap, with the Glovers back four playing a high line throughout the match, and substitute Charlie MacDonald ran on, and slammed the ball past Marek Stech to put the Dons 1-0 up with 16 minutes remaining, meaning that Yeovil would need to change their gameplan in the closing stages.
It never really happened. Yeovil had been far too standoffish throughout the whole game, allowing the home team time on the ball, and failing to close them down in the way that they've done with earlier games this season. The introduction of Reuben Reid and Korey Smith as substitutes, and the later arrival of Keanu Marsh-Brown to a chorus of boos from his former supporters didn't do too much - only Reid briefly threatened as he was put through on goal only to get the ball stuck under his feet, allowing time for a defender to get a block in.
Goalscorer Charlie MacDonald almost got a second in injury time as he put the ball in the back of the net - with a linesman flag having long since gone up. But overall there was only one team in the match for the very large majority of the game, and only one team that was going to win it. The fact that they could only do so by a single goal probably said more about their strikers, and Marek Stech on the day, with not too many Glovers players putting in good performances other than the keeper - Richard Hinds, and Byron Webster a couple of other exceptions who battled well under pressure.
Final Score: Milton Keynes Dons 1 Yeovil Town 0.
Scorer: Charlie MacDonald (74 mins, 1-0)
Milton Keynes Dons:
1. David Martin 2. Jon Otsemobor 5. Gary MacKenzie 6. Shaun Williams 3. Dean Lewington 17. Daniel Powell 7. Stephen Gleeson 8. Darren Potter 9. Dean Bowditch 83' 26. Luke Chadwick 14. Ryan Lowe
16. Ian McLoughlin 10. Charlie MacDonald (67 mins Charlie MacDonald) 11. Alan Smith 12. Adam Chicksen 13. Jimmy Bullard (83 mins for Dean Bowditch) 23. Jay O'Shea 24. Antony Kay (12 mins for Gary MacKenzie)
Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 4. Richard Hinds 5. Byron Webster (Capt) 16. Nathan Ralph
15. Lewis Young 6. Dominic Blizzard 8. Ed Upson 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 19. Gozie Ugwu
7. Keanu Marsh-Brown (77 mins for Luke Ayling) 11. Reuben Reid (62 mins for Gozie Ugwu) 12. Gareth Stewart 17. Rohan Ince 18. Archange Nkumu 21. Korey Smith (62 mins for James Hayter)
MK Dons Bookings: Shaun Williams (42 mins, foul)
Yeovil Bookings: Luke Ayling (30 mins, foul), Gozie Ugwu (39 mins, foul), Byron Webster (57 mins, foul)
MK Dons Match Statistics: Possession: 56%; Shots: 16; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 8; Fouls: 8.
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 44%; Shots: 6; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 2; Fouls: 16.
Referee: Carl Boyeson (East Yorkshire). Assistants: Mark Mellor (Hertfordshire) and Matthew Bristow (Manchester). Fourth Official: David Rock (Hertfordshire).
Attendance: 7,235 (including 322 Yeovil supporters).