Two of League One’s form sides locked horns at Montgomery Waters Meadow but unfortunately, Russell Martin’s side were extremely Saloppy and gave themselves a mountain to climb after 20 minutes.
The Dons gifted their opponents the customary early goal. Four minutes it took, this time, for the Shropshire-based outfit to score. Donald Love got down the right and put in a peach of a cross which Sean Goss took down like a seasoned striker and found the bottom corner.
The exciting Harry Chapman then reaped more misery on his opponents, drawing a foul in the penalty area, which Ollie Norburn made no mistake from with the resulting spot-kick, to cap a disgraceful start from MK Dons.
The Blue Amber Army then went and won themselves another penalty. Harry Darling was judged to have handled in the area and Curtis Main stepped up on this occasion to match Norburn’s achievement and bag another penalty for his side.
Fortunately, the men in black managed to strike back quickly thanks to brilliant work from Ethan Laird which saw him set up Will Grigg to pull one back. Of the few positives from an awful first quarter, that means goals in back to back games for the Sunderland loanee now, after having not scored in 16 months before his strike against The Cobblers three days prior.
After an eventful first quarter, the second half of the first half was far less eventful. Every shot taken, up to and including MK Dons’ first, resulted in a goal and only one more attempt for either side followed before the half-time whistle as Cameron Jerome was foiled by Matija Šarkić and Chapman could not beat Andrew Fisher after working a decent position on the inside-left.
Half-time: Shrewsbury Town 3-1 MK Dons
Martin’s men emerged from the tunnel knowing that another goal would put them right back in contention. However, Goss tapped home his second after sloppy play from the visitors resulted in Josh Vela setting up the midfielder for his brace.
This put the game to bed with a whole third of the match to go. Martin seemed to accept defeat and see Saturday as another day as he subbed off both of his frontmen and had completed all five available substitutions by the 64th minute.
One of the men subbed on was Jordan Houghton, seeing the end of a spell on the sidelines. He came close to scoring as well, forcing a competent save from Šarkić. Looking at the match from an extremely “glass-half-full” perspective, Houghton’s return is a huge positive for The Dons.
Milton Keynes did grab another goal but it was merely a consolation. Charlie Brown also scored in consecutive games, really knocking on the door of the starting 11. He showed real poaching instincts, just like for his weekend goal, to stab home inside the six-yard box.
Despite the winning run coming to an end, Martin and his players will not have too much time to dwell on this poor result. All teams drop at least one stinker over the course of the season and Cowshed goers will be hoping that this is merely a blip for their team.
Full-time: Shrewsbury Town 4-2 MK Dons
Man of the match: Harry Chapman