Despite Karl Robinson’s lengthy injury list including the likes of Aaron Wilbraham and Sean O'Hanlon, his side dug deep against one of the form sides in League One to finally banish their away hoodoo that has haunted them for so much of the season. Mathias Kouo-Doumbe opened the scoring and Angelo Balanta then guaranteed the White and Blacks would be returning to Milton Keynes with all three points.
The game started quickly and the Dons were soon producing some fantastic football to delight the travelling fans. Peter Leven robbed Gary Alexander and forced his way through the Brentford defence to pick out Baldock, who sliced wide.
There was yet more frustration for Baldock as Michael McIndoe, signed on loan from Coventry in the week, provided a beautiful set up for the home grown MK front man towards the end of the first half, but the striker couldn’t finish from a difficult angle. The new boy also went on to later set up Balanta, who smashed his shot against the woodwork.
The Dons then had a weak penalty appeal waved away when Baldock went down. The opening 45 minutes finished 0-0, but it looked very unlikely that the Dons would allow it to stay that way with their positive, attacking football, combined with a superb performance from the defence.
Craig Woodman produced arguably the best Brentford chance of the afternoon when his stinging shot forced David Martin into an athletic save. The Dons were quick to tip the balance their way though as the Colombian Balanta again tried his luck from range, but the shot couldn’t find its way past the fingertips of Richard Lee, forcing a corner. It was from this corner that Kouo-Doumbe put the Dons 1-0 up with a sharp header.
And it wasn’t long before Angelo Balanta doubled the Dons lead in spectacular fashion – Woodman’s clearance was forced down by Luke Chadwick, deflecting it to Balanta who, after bringing the ball down with his chest, stormed a fantastic half volley into the back of the net.
Pim Balkestein was sent off late on for two fouls on the young Dons substitute Daniel Powell to compound the home sides’ misery, and it capped a less than desirable afternoon for the Dutch defender, who had struggled to contain some brilliant passing from the Dons’ midfield.
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