MK Dons beat the Black Cats last week but could not get past the Big Cats today as Grant McCann’s side reach the League One summit with a 3-1 victory at Stadium MK. Russell Martin’s men were let off the hook by a Northern Irish striker in their previous fixture but had no such luck this week as Josh Magennis bagged an early brace, sandwiching Stephen Walker’s second MK Dons goal. James Scott latched on to Tom Eaves’ flick on in the second half to make the result safe for the table toppers.
Cowshed regulars would have been hoping for their team to build on an incredible result last week but instead, they saw multiple examples of how not to defend in the opening exchanges. Josh Magennis was the beneficiary of this as he struck twice in four minutes to set his team on their way to victory.
In typical MK Dons fashion, the home side found themselves 1-0 down in the opening 10 minutes as Josh Magennis evaded his marker in the penalty area to meet Josh Emmanuel’s cross from the right-hand side with a smart right-footed finish into Andrew Fisher’s bottom corner. The side from Buckinghamshire found themselves behind at home once again.
As they did in their last league match at Stadium MK, the Dons reacted quickly after going behind early, to equalise swiftly. Ben Gladwin put a teasing ball into the Hull City penalty area and it ricocheted to the feet of Stephen Walker all alone in the six yard box, who swivelled smartly to put the team in white back on terms.
Less than a minute had passed after the Middlesbrough loanee’s strike and McCann’s side were out to retake their lead. Callum Elder found it incredibly easy to beat Matthew Sorinola on the left-hand side and found Magennis in the area. The big frontman still had plenty to do as he shimmied the ball onto his left and smashed it into the roof of the MK Dons net.
MK Dons have been very solid at home since Russell Martin’s appointment so he would have been fuming with the extremely sloppy defending that saw his team concede twice within the opening 12 minutes. Stephen Walker had a promising chance to complete a brace of his own and equalise for a second time but his attempt was saved by Matthew Ingram in the 34th minute, following an impressive ball through by Matthew Sorinola: himself trying to atone for his involvement in Hull City’s second.
Half-time: MK Dons 1-2 Hull City
After a first half in which MK Dons were the better side, Grant McCann’s men managed the second half very professionally. The game became a drab affair following the interval and Martin’s men struggled to create anything of note.
Josh Magennis was withdrawn in the 66th minute with Tom Eaves taking his place. It did not take long for the number nine to make his impact as he latched on to a corner 10 minutes after his introduction and set up James Scott to nod his side into a two-goal lead.
Stephen Walker and Matthew Sorinola had half-chances following Hull City’s third but, in truth, it was a toothless second-half performance from the Bletchley based outfit. There is little time to dwell on this disappointing display as the Dons look ahead to facing Sam Ricketts’ Shrewsbury side on Tuesday. Russell Martin’s side are far from the finished article.
Full-time: MK Dons 1-3 Hull City