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Team news for MK Dons
MJ Williams returns to the substitute’s bench as Graham Alexander keeps with the same team which started this time last week. Williams, who missed the game with Colchester, has overcome his injury which kept him out against Colchester.
MK Dons: MacGillivray, O’Hora, Tucker, Smith, Harvie, Norman, Robson, Gilbey, Devoy, Eisa, Leko
Subs: Harness, Williams, Grant, Ilunga, Hunter, Dean, Dennis
Doncaster’s side to face MK Dons
We’re underway, Mo Eisa kicks off
1 min: Bright start
Corr Dons on the front foot immediately. Harvie and Eisa get into the area and fizz the ball across the face of goal, but Cameron Norman cannot convert from the far side.
2 mins: Doncaster spurn good chances
Two quick chances in succession for Doncaster, Modou Faal with both and failed to score with both too. The first he should do better with, unmarked in the centre and fires wide, while the second is a tame effort into the arms of MacGillivray.
7 mins: Dons let off again
MacGillivray gets enough behind Rowe’s strike but it loops up, Ironside looks set to tap it in but he clatters into Harvie. It was either going to be a foul or offside, the whistle goes for one of them.
Dons living on the edge really.
13 mins: Patchy start for the hosts
Dons are looking a little second best here so far. A bit scrappy from both sides, but it’s Doncaster who look most dangerous. Leko and Eisa unable to really get involved because the ball simply isn’t getting to them
16 mins: GOAL! Harvie opens the scoring
What do I know eh? From thinking Dons weren’t playing well and looked second best, they’ve opened the scoring!
Leko capitalised on a slip, turns to shoot, it’s deflected into the path of Harvie who is left with the simple task of slotting home from close range!
Dons are in front!
17 mins: Change to make it two
Leko at the heart of the move again, this time driving Dons forward on the right, the ball comes to Harvie again, his cross this time falls for Gilbey but his strike is into the chest of keeper Lawlor
21 mins: Oh Leko!
That’s the sort of thing you love to see from Leko. Picked out by Gilbey, he skips past Doncaster skipper Wood lines one up and it should be 2-0 but somehow it’s just wide.
22 mins: Faal misses a good chance
As good as Leko has just been at one end, Faal has danced through five or six challenges but fires wide of the mark. Three good chances he’s had so far
25 mins: Smith into the book
A really late challenge by Tommy Smith on Deji Sotona, nearly sticks him into the Dons dugout. Into the book for the Dons defender.
33 mins: GOAL! O’Hora heads home
A goal from a corner! It’s a short corner, Devoy delivers into the box and O’Hora’s header is almost in slow motion as it finds the back of the net!
36 mins: Eisa’s free-kick
Free-kick in a dangerous spot, edge of the box, left of centre. Eisa over it, he gets it over the wall but Lawlor is behind it and holds it to his chest.
40 mins: Senior into the book
Nasty challenge by Jack Senior, a scissor tackle on Leko to prevent him from turning the ball around the corner to Gilbey and Eisa break.
42 mins: Terrific save from Lawlor
Rovers can thank keeper Lawlor for still being in it before half-time there with Mo Eisa inches away from his fifth goal in as many games. The striker looks like he’s putting Dons three up, the whole crowd though it was in, but Lawlor gets something on it to put it behind for a corner
HALF TIME: MK Dons 2-0 Doncaster Rovers
Dons have not been at their best here, but they’re 2-0 up. Harvie and O’Hora with the goals.
It could easily have been 3-2 to Doncaster though, could also be 4-0 so it’s been one of those games where being clinical has been paramount.
View from the press box
If you’re not going to play especially well, don’t lose. And Dons haven’t been especially great in the opening 45 minutes, but they’ve done enough to be on top here. Goals from the defenders won’t bother Graham Alexander a jot, but the forwards will be sensing goals this afternoon.