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Football League One | 15th October 2011
ATT: 8927 | REF: Adcock | HALF-TIME: 0-1


42 mins | ANGELO BALANTA | MK Dons | 0-1

A neat pass out to the wing saw the home side put in an easy cross and Angelo Balanta breezed into the huge gap between Zubar and Barrett to poke home the ball between Flahavan’s legs.

61 mins | WES THOMAS | Bournemouth | 1-1

A free-kick from the left was whipped in invitingly by Cummings and Wes Thomas took advantage of a huge hole in the home defence to plant his header into the back of the net

73 mins | WES THOMAS | Bournemouth | 2-1

A lack of concentration in the MK Dons back three saw the ball passed across goal and picked up by Thomas. He was pushed wide by the home defender but still managed to find the back of the net with a sweet shot from 10 yard out.

80 mins | CLINTON MORRISON | MK Dons | 2-2

A long cross into the box was headed back across goal and three MK Dons players were waiting to bundle the ball home.


GOAL: D Flahavan
DEFENCE: S Purches | A Barrett | S Zubar | W Cummings
MIDFIELD: J Peters | S Cooper | S Gregory | H Arter | M Pugh
UP FRONT: W Thomas

ON THE BENCH: Jalal, Partington, Fogden, Symes, Fletcher
CHANGES: 46 Symes>Cooper 76 Partington>Thomas 91 Fogden>Peters


LEE BRADBURY gives his reaction:

“Not many teams come here, go one down and then 2-1 up.

“I felt we were good enough to keep hold of the lead. I thought in the second half we were the better team.

“He (Wes Thomas) works really hard for the team, he does a great job for us and he got his just rewards today.”

MK DONS manager Karl Robinson:

“We work so hard to create opportunities, which we did today. There was some really good passing but when you look for the killer instinct, it wasn’t there.

“We don’t defend poorly at set-pieces, we work on them religiously and it hurts me that it was a free header from six yards out. The other goal was just human error.

“I wish we were more clinical, whether that’s shooting, passing or defending – more clinical and ruthless.”


With the MK Dons losing in their previous match, the omens were not good. However, the Cherries have a good record away from home and it was great to see it continue against a promotion chasing side. The defending for both the Dons goals was at best lax and gave the keeper little chance with either. Thankfully, the MK Dons defence was even worse and gave Wes Thomas plenty of room, from a Cummings cross (playing well), to plant the ball in the net.

The second was even better, he may have got the ball cheaply, but he still had plenty to do, and he prodcued a top class finish to put the visitors in front. Bradbury, in his wisdom, decided to take Thomas off, when it looked like the Cherries could go on and score another. This allowed the home side plenty of possesion and of course the eventual equaliser. Still, another point, and unbeaten in four on the road.

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