TWO goals in eight minutes at the start of the second half were enough for MK Dons to come from behind and beat Swindon Town 2-1 at stadium:mk this afternoon.
After Jonathan Obika had given Town the lead after only six minutes, in what was a fairly even first period, the hosts struck early in the second through Dele Alli before Antony Kay arrived at the back post to convert Ben Reeves’ free-kick for what turned out to be the winner.
Both sides pushed forward in an open encounter but, despite finishing the game with three strikers on the pitch, Mark Cooper’s side couldn’t create anything to seriously test David Martin in the Dons goal as they slipped to a disappointing loss.
With Cooper keeping an unchanged side from Town’s win at Chesterfield on Tuesday night, Town were again under fire quickly as Benik Afobe sent Wes Foderingham sprawling to tip his header wide inside the first minute.
However, less than four minutes later, the visitors had the lead.
Massimo Luongo put in the leg work in midfield as he retrieved a clearance and waltzed inside and found Byrne, who in turn found Michael Smith free down the right who had the easy task of sliding the ball across to an unmarked Obika, who thumped home the glaring chance from eight yards.
Foderingham saved from Afobe again to keep things level, before Smith had a golden opportunity to extend the lead as he was played clean through by Obika’s superb pass. However, the big Geordie seemed a little surprised to be onside, before shooting into the goalkeeper’s body while trying to round him.
Town had to withstand a solid spell of MK pressure, with Foderingham and Nathan Thompson regularly called into action to dig the ball away, but were still looking dangerous on the break as Byrne had the run of the MK Dons left flank.
Obika headed over from a corner to end the first half, with the hosts coming out all guns blazing at the start of the second.
Stephens was twice beaten by Daniel Powell in the opening minutes, firstly forcing Foderingham into a good low save before firing over the top, but the hosts did soon make their undoubted advantage count as the outstanding Dele Alli found space to send a rocket into the top corner from outside the box.
The hosts continued to press and, after Turnbull gave away a needless free-kick just eight minutes later, the ball was lofted into the area and found its way through a ruck of bodies to Kay at the back post, where the defender turned it home.
It was nearly three as Afobe shot into the side netting, before Town began to exert some control as they pushed for an equaliser.
Cooper introduced Andy Williams as an extra striker in a bid to get back into the game, but the opening didn’t arrive as Town ended the contest without seriously testing home keeper Martin.
It could have been worse had Luongo, Thompson, Foderingham and Jordan Turnbull not blocked shots from Grigg, Powell and Curruthers before time expired.