MK Dons 2-0 Queens Park Rangers

5 Mar

MK Dons


MK Dons captain Dean Lewington (second right) scored his first goal of the season to help the hosts record their first win in four games

Championship strugglers MK Dons recorded their first win in four games as they defeated QPR at Stadium: MK.

The hosts led when captain Dean Lewington rifled in his first goal of the season past Alex Smithies.

The Dons earned a penalty when QPR’s Paul Konchesky was fouled Josh Murphy, but Smithies saved Murphy’s spot-kick.

Nedum Onuoha gave away a second penalty in injury time, and substitute Ben Reeves stepped up to fire past Smithies to seal the win.

The win was vital for Karl Robinson’s relegation-threatened side, as the team immediately below them in the Championship table, Rotherham, made it back-to-back wins with victory over Sheffield Wednesday.

QPR brought on top scorer Matty Phillips to try to get back into the game, but he was unable to add to his tally of seven league goals, as his late effort was blocked at close range by Kyle McFadzean.

It was only QPR’s second defeat in 10 league games, but they slip to 12th, and now look out of contention for a play-off place.

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson: “I think everything we’ve set up to do this week has been sensational and I really want to thank everyone for their hard work – and that includes all of the backroom team as well.

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Robinson on MK Dons v QPR

“Together as a group I think we have put a team on the pitch that was worthy of the three points.

“We had a gameplan to come to life in the second half because we didn’t want to be out of it in the first half.

“I thought we looked very disciplined and we showed what we were about with our attitude and desire.”

QPR boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink: “I think if we are playing like that in the second half then we do not deserve to win any matches

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Hasselbaink on MK Dons v QPR

“We came out of the dressing room thinking we had already won the game – but we hadn’t scored yet and the game was still level.

“They won the second balls and put us under pressure and from the first minute in the second half they put us under pressure and that it not good enough. “

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