MK Dons went to Posh but were not privileged with any points as a Samuel Szmodics brace inspired his team to a comfortable victory as Jonson Clarke-Harris also netted against his former side to make it back-to-back games in which he has scored against Russell Martin’s men.
Just when it had seemed as though the Dons were over their habit of conceding early goals, they were reminded of it again as Clarke-Harris struck for the hosts after seven minutes, meeting Joe Ward’s low cross expertly.
Injury was added to insult as Andrew Surman, fresh from extending his deal at MK Dons, had to be withdrawn, and he was replaced by Joe Mason.
Posh were 2-0 up within the half-hour mark as Siriki Dembélé played in Szmodics to round Andrew Fisher and stroke his side into a two-goal lead. The Dons have lost many points this season whilst still playing well but Russell Martin would not have been pleased with any aspect of that first 30 minutes.
MK Dons did enjoy a period of sustained pressure at the end of the half as the home side were temporarily down to 10 men with Frankie Kent going off for treatment. During this period, Regan Poole struck the bar from 30 yards with Christy Pym beaten by his thunderous effort.
Half-time: Peterborough United 2-0 MK Dons
Martin must have had some stern words during the interval as the visitors started the second period much brighter. It was the hosts that came closest to scoring the third goal of the game, however, as Dembélé latched on to a soft backpass but Fisher was quick and clever to snuff out the chance.
Despite the Dons dominance in the second half, Peterborough added a third and this goal really showed why they are one of League One’s heavy-hitters. Dembélé did some incredible work on the left before delivering the end product: a perfect low cross for Szmodics to tap home.
3-0 does seem harsh on the away side but it was not one of MK Dons’ best performances this season. After four consecutive away matches, franchise football returns home on Tuesday night to play Fleetwood Town for the first time since October 2019.
Full-time: Peterborough United 3-0 MK Dons
Man of the match: Siriki Dembélé