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Posted Sat 19 Sep 09 at 23:43 PM


A wonderful first-half goal from Mathias Doumbe secured bragging rights in the Buckinghamshire derby as MK Dons extended their unbeaten run over local rivals Wycombe.

Doumbe's solo strike just before half-time, his first goal in a Dons shirt following his summer move from Plymouth, secured a deserved three points after a dominant performance and moved the Dons up to fourth in League 1. In truth, the narrow scoreline hardly reflected the control Paul Ince's men exerted on proceedings, particularly during a first half in which Wycombe were left clinging to a foothold on the game.

But having rarely seen their superiority threatened throughout the afternoon, over 1,200 Dons fans went home happy as their team maintained their record of never having lost a Battle of Buckinghamshire. With leading scorer Jermaine Easter ruled out through injury, it was left to David McCracken as the sole former Chairboy to feel the brunt of the abuse from the Adams Park boo boys. On his first return to Adams Park after his move to stadiummk in the summer, the Scottish defender responded with a faultless display at the heart of the Dons defence.

McCracken took some stick in the early stages, his every touch in defence booed by the home supporters, but such was the Dons' early dominance, they rarely had that opportunity. Ince's favoured 4-2-3-1 formation on the road often gives those supporting the main striker a real stage to perform, and this was the turn of Luke Chadwick to seize the spotlight.

With Jason Puncheon playing deeper alongside Stephen Gleeson, Chadwick was able to operate centrally in advanced positions - buzzing around lone striker Jabo Ibehre and proving impossible for Wycombe to mark. Along with Jemal Johnson and Lewis Gobern, Chadwick saw a lot of ball in the opening stages and it helped crank up the pressure on a home defence that looked susceptible to good movement.

The visitors forced 13 corners during the first half and big Darren Powell came closest to making one count on 26 minutes later when his thumping header from Puncheon's delivery was beaten away by Scott Shearer. John Mousinho had to make a saving tackle to prevent Chadwick converting Ibehre's backheel and Puncheon forced another good save from Shearer after a short corner routine, but when the goal finally came it was from a less likely source. Playing at right-back in place of the injured Danny Woodards, Doumbe started the latest of several surges down the flank, collecting Gobern's pass before striding into Wycombe territory.

On and on he went unchallenged before Chadwick's clever run across the defence opened and avenue, and the Frenchman stepped into it before curling past Shearer from the edge of the box. It was a just reward for the Dons' first-half performance against a Wycombe side that simply failed to compete. Mathias Doumbe caps a fine run with a fine finish.   Wanderers boss Peter Taylor responded with a brave triple substitution, introducing Jon-Paul Pittman, Matt Phillips and Kevin Betsy to turn things around.

It took a while for the changes to take effect as Ibehre and Gobern both threatened to extend the Dons' advantage, but Wycombe eventually found the rhythm they were seeking. A slip from Dons skipper Dean Lewington looked to have left McCracken stranded against two attackers on 63 minutes, but when Betsy squared for Chris Zebroski, McCracken read it superbly to make a timely block. Zebroski's flick seven minutes later then gave Pittman a sight of goal, but his attempted lob was far too weak and Willy Gueret was able to comfortably gather.

Wycombe defender Luke Oliver's intervention denied substitute Aaron Wilbraham a chance with seven minutes to go, but the final word would typically belong to McCracken. Pittman thought he'd salvaged Wycombe a point when he pulled down Zebroski's cross in the area, but as he stabbed the ball goalwards, McCracken was behind Gueret to clear off the line.

Wycombe Wanderers (4-4-2): Shearer; Moncur, Duberry (c), Oliver, Woodman; Zebroski, Pack, Mousinho (Betsy 46), Green; Beavon (Phillips 46), Harrold (Pittman 46).
Subs not used: Young, Johnson, Hunt, Westlake.
MK Dons (4-2-3-1): Gueret; Doumbe, Darren Powell, McCracken, Lewington (c); Gleeson, Puncheon; Gobern (Leven 71), Chadwick (Howell 86), Johnson; Ibehre (Wilbraham 71).
Subs not used: Carrington, Searle, Davis, Swailes. Goals: Doumbe 44.
Attendance: 6,127 (1,252 away)
Referee: Grant Hegley (Hertfordshire)

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