Wolves win stretches their gap at the top

A late Liam McAlinden header following a Sanmi Odelusi red card dropped MK Dons into 9th place in league 1 and still a drift away from the play offs as Wolves were on hand to claim a 1-0 victory at Stadium MK.

A record 8,800 Wolves fans arrived at Stadium MK , Wolves were looking to increase their lead at the top of the league whilst the Dons were still aiming for a late play off push. There was little to separate the two sides in the first half with both defenses looking sharp from the off.  Dean Bowditch took up the number 10 role, and it was was he who came closest for Milton Keynes in the first half, when his speculative volley nearly caught out keeper Carl Ikeme, who made a good reaction save. Dicko had Wolverhampton’s best chance when he latched onto a through ball and brought Martin into action with a full stretched save.

After the break, again in was Bowditch who came closest for the Dons, when his well struck free kick was brilliantly saved by Ikeme. Batth wasted a good chance when his header flew just over when he met Henry’s free kick, but then came the turning point. Sanmi Odelusi, who had only been on a matter off minutes,  was booked following a late challenge on Golbourne, and just 1 minute later, the winger received a second yellow for another reckless late challenge on Golbourne. And from the resulting free kick, the ball found its way over to  McDonald, who’s cross was well met by the unmarked substitute McAlinden, who was  on hand to head home the winner in the 81st minute.

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Milton Keynes Dons:

Martin: 7. Made a brilliant save to deny Dicko and there was nothing he could have done to prevent the winner.
Baldock: 6. Had a tough job coming up against Jacobs, but once again defending well and contributed to attack.
Spence: 8. The Dons’ best player today, kept both Dicko and Clarke quiet for most of the game.
Kay: 6. Won most things in the air, did what he could when acting as a striker at the end, but gave it away a few times in defense with needless long balls.
Lewington: 7. Solid as always at the back, made some crucial tackles and defended well against Henry.
Powell: 6. Started the game very brightly running at Ricketts, and helped out Lewington well in defence, but was anonymous in the second half.
Smith: 6. Did a good job as a holding midfielder once again, but got caught out on a few occasions.
Alli: 7.5. Again showed creativity in midfield and made some important tackles to break up play.
Kennedy: 6. Made his debut today. Did little wrong and showed some pace however was ineffective second half and eventually subbed.
Bowditch: 7.5. Produced the best chances for the Dons all game. Great to have him back.
Loveridge: 5.5. Worked hard up front but offered little and posed little threat.

Substitutes:

Odelusi: 5. Looked bright when he first came on, but ultimately cost us the game with his two reckless challenges.
Rasulo: 6. Worked hard and wasn’t fazed by the occasion.
Galloway: 6. Helped out the defense well and although he didn’t mean it, nearly scored the equalizer when Stearman’s clearance hit his face and just went wide.

Wolves:

Ikeme: 7. Made two good saves to deny Bowditch. One in each half. Another clean sheet.
Ricketts: 7. Defended against Powell very well.
Batth: 7.5. Was solid for Wolves as the back. Kept Loveridge quiet all game.
Stearman: 7.5. Along with Batth was solid and contributed to attack as well.
Golbourne: 7. Kept Kennedy quiet all first half and was an outlet in attack.
Jacobs: 8.5. Caused the Dons’ defense all sorts of problems, was lively and a constant threat.
McDonald. 7.5. Broke up play well. Provided the assist for the goal.
Price: 6. Protected the defense well, was subbed after 60 minutes.
Edwards: 6.5. Linked up with Dicko and later Clarke well and played some clever through balls.
Henry: 7. Put in some quality crosses and corners and kept Lewington on his toes all game.
Dicko: 7. Showed signs of quality all first half and nearly put Wolves ahead after some good footwork. Was subbed after 60 minutes.

Substitutes:

Clarke: 6. Provided a physical test when he came on for the Dons’ back line, however didn’t test Martin once.
McAlinden: 7. Was a threat when he came on and scored the winner with a pinpoint header.

Man of the Match

Michael Jacobs: Wolves. Hard to handle all game, nearly scored a wonder goal first half when he dribbled round multiple Dons players however couldn’t quite adjust to find the finish.


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