Bradley Johnson scored twice as MK Dons picked up their first league win of the season by beating Port Vale at Stadium MK.
Having lost each of their previous three games without scoring, it was a timely result for last season’s play-off semi-finalists.
After 34 minutes of monotony, Johnson finally broke MK Dons’ league duck for the campaign – and opened his account for the club – by finding the bottom corner from around 20 yards.
Henry Lawrence had to clear off the line from Ellis Harrison early in the second half before Vale goalkeeper Jack Stevens did well to tip away Matt Dennis’ long-range curler.
The Dons’ lead was doubled in the 85th minute when Johnson stepped up to drill a free-kick from just outside the box into the bottom corner.
The Valiants did pull a goal back three minutes into stoppage-time when Harrison headed in Tom Conlon’s free-kick, but it was too little, too late.
Match report supplied by PA Media.
- 4TuckerBooked at 90mins
- 19BarrySubstituted forOyegokeat 45′minutes
- 7SmithSubstituted forGrantat 72′minutes
- 17KempSubstituted forDevoyat 87′minutes
- 15ForresterSubstituted forCharsleyat 81′minutes
- 27RobinsonSubstituted forJonesat 82′minutes
- 14OjoSubstituted forWalkerat 81′minutes
- 16HusseySubstituted forSmallat 68′minutes
- 22HarrisonBooked at 53mins
- 17HoldenSubstituted forProctorat 63′minutes
- Tom Nield
Match ends, MK Dons 2, Port Vale 1.
Second Half ends, MK Dons 2, Port Vale 1.
Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Ethan Robson.
Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Daniel Oyegoke.
Goal! MK Dons 2, Port Vale 1. Ellis Harrison (Port Vale) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tom Conlon with a cross following a set piece situation.
Jack Tucker (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Jack Tucker (MK Dons).
Harry Charsley (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Bradley Johnson (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Ellis Harrison (Port Vale).
Henry Lawrence (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Thierry Small (Port Vale).
Substitution, MK Dons. Dawson Devoy replaces Daniel Kemp.
Goal! MK Dons 2, Port Vale 0. Bradley Johnson (MK Dons) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.
Daniel Kemp (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Dan Jones (Port Vale).
Substitution, Port Vale. Dan Jones replaces Sam Robinson.
Substitution, Port Vale. Harry Charsley replaces William Forrester.
Substitution, Port Vale. Brad Walker replaces Funso Ojo.
Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Jack Stevens.