Although the points should have been secured long before the 92nd minute, Russell Martin’s men recorded a much-needed win. Dons fans would have been saying “Who are they?” about their opponents with their side cruising at 2-0 but in the end, it went right to the wire in typical MK Dons fashion.
Nerves were eased early on as The Dons ended their recent goal drought with Cameron Jerome ending his personal struggles in front of goal as well. Matthew Sorinola was instrumental on the left as he crossed for Jerome to round Toby Savin and score in the sixth minute.
Jerome could have had a hat-trick by the 22nd minute as Sorinola almost had a second assist, crossing for the former to head against the side netting. Scott Fraser also played him in only for Savin to deny him.
Savin did not look comfortable with the ball at his feet all afternoon and he gave the ball straight to Scott Fraser who raced into the box and should have scored. Accrington’s goalkeeper made amends with an impressive save.
The home side’s performance definitely dropped off slightly following this as half-time approached. Martin’s men were taking unnecessary risks at the back, making for some heart-in-mouth moments, with Andrew Fisher, in particular, creating these but Stanley were unable to profit as The Dons coasted into the interval with the lead.
Half-time: MK Dons 1-0 Accrington Stanley
In the 49th minute, Accrington’s Ben Barclay finally went into the referee’s notebook after an awful challenge on Ethan Laird. There is an argument that he should have been booked before the break after a poor tackle on Fraser.
In the 55th minute, it was the Sorinola X Jerome show as the youngster teed up Jerome for another goal. The veteran started out quite deep, played the ball to Sorinola and the academy product whipped in a quality ball which was met by Jerome’s late run to double the Dons’ lead.
Before the dust of that second goal had even settled, Accrington pulled one back after a calamity at the back from MK Dons. Rather than clearing the obvious danger, the men in white attempted to play out and gave the ball straight to Barclay who assisted Dion Charles to score his third goal against Milton Keynes this season.
Just four minutes later, John Coleman’s men were back on level terms following a corner for the most undeserved comeback you will ever see. Losing this lead was all MK Dons’ own doing as they shot themselves in the foot once again with Andrew Surman’s own goal wiping the hosts’ lead out.
Just when it seemed as though MK Dons would surrender two points this afternoon, Sorinola completed a hat-trick of assists in the 92nd minute, as he put in a very similar cross to that which he put in for Jerome’s second. This time, the quality right-footed delivery from the left was met by the head of Matthew O’Riley to give his side a deserved win.
Full-time: MK Dons 3-2 Accrington Stanley
Man of the match: Matthew Sorinola