MK Dons did not feel at home at Home Park as they slipped to 17th after an eighth league defeat of the season. Ryan Hardie’s cool finish in the 68th minute took his Plymouth side above their opponents in the League One table.
Russell Martin’s side arrived at a gorgeous Devon pitch, vastly different to the bog that the Stadium MK surface has been like of late. This culture shock may have had an impact as the home side dominated possession in the first half, which is an impressive feat against this Buckinghamshire side.
Ryan Hardie was looking dangerous for Ryan Lowe’s team and he sent a header over the top which should have at least tested Andrew Fisher. Despite the lack of possession, The Dons had the first half’s only effort on goal. Regan Poole forced a save from Michael Cooper right before the interval.
Half-time: Plymouth Argyle 0-0 MK Dons
Martin’s side began the second half much improved but struggled to create anything noteworthy. Their drop off, after the first ten minutes of the half, coincided with the confirmation that Milton Keynes is going to be put into the brand new Tier 4 for COVID-19 restrictions.
Both managers are former Dons themselves but it was the man in the home dugout who ended up celebrating his side scoring. Joe Edwards brilliantly teed up Hardie, who took a touch before burying his effort from the centre of the MK Dons penalty area.
With twenty minutes still to go, the men in red showed an extremely toothless resolve as they failed to create any chances that might have seen them equalise. Plymouth ended their six-game losing streak by comfortably defending their lead.
It was an extremely disappointing display from the visitors who take on former manager, Paul Tisdale, at an empty Stadium MK on Boxing Day.
Full-time: Plymouth Argyle 1-0 MK Dons
Man of the match: Danny Mayor