MK Dons returned to winning ways on Saturday afternoon with a hard fought 2-1 victory over Swindon Town at the stadium:mk.
A Sam Baldock double in the space of two minutes earned the Dons all three points and helped obliterate any memories of last week’s thrashing at Carlisle, after Scott Cuthbert had put Swindon ahead on the stroke of half-time.
Buzzing after the midweek giant-killing of Premier League Blackpool in the Carling Cup, it was the first home game of the season in the league for Karl Robinson’s side, and in the first 45 the Dons seemed to find it hard to break through Town’s solid defence .
Jermain Easter came close with a free kick and Angelo Balanta hit the side netting, but it was former MK Dons manager Danny Wilson of Swindon Town who was the happier coach at half time after Sean Morisson’s powerful throw-in set up Cuthbert’s finish.
Another former Don to impress was Swindon’s Jon-Paul Mcgovern, who caused the MK defence some anguish before being narrowly kept out by David Martin in goal. Both sides came out looking confident after the interval, with the Robins looking to sit on their lead and the Dons looking eagerly for an equaliser.
Baldock nearly drew MK level after yet more good work from Balanta, but for David Lucas to produce a fine save to deny him.
Just moments later though, Lucas was left powerless as Dean Lewington’s cross from the left was headed in by Baldock to make things all square. The Dons could sense the shift in momentum in their favour and were quick to pile the pressure on the Robins, with Baldock winning a corner.
After a goal-mouth scramble which saw Lucas frantically trying to get the ball away, Baldock’s head was again the hero for the Dons as he claimed his fourth goal of the season and wrapped up the points to cap a spirited Dons display.
Lewis Guy impressed as a substitute after coming on, almost setting up Baldock’s hat-trick, but it was to be the home-grown striker and fan favourite Baldock that would steal the show with his heroics. The Dons now sit in a comfortable 11th in League One, just four points off the top.
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