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Posted Sun 29 Aug 10 at 14:27 PM

REPORT: MK DONS 2 SWINDON TOWN 1

Sam Baldock scored twice in as many second-half minutes as MK Dons came from behind to beat Swindon and maintain their 100 per cent home record this season.

Trailing to Scott Cuthbert's opener on the stroke of half-time, the Dons bounced back in impressive fashion - Baldock taking his tally for the season to four goals with two predatory close-range headers to turn the tables. It was a devastating double-blow that shattered the Robins - who saw David Prutton sent off late on for a brace of bookings - and their former Dons manager Danny Wilson, while giving the Dons their first home victory in the league since beating the same opponents in March.

Manager Karl Robinson will be delighted with the response of his improving side, who looked set to be frustrated by Swindon's neat if slightly negative approach. But Baldock's brilliance ensured a third win out of three at stadiummk so far this term, with next Saturday's televised visit of Hartlepool on the horizon.

Aiming to build on the momentum of Tuesday's Carling Cup win over Blackpool, the Dons were the game's primary aggressors in the first period - seeking avenues to attack against a Swindon side in search of its first win of the season. Luke Chadwick pursues Swindon's Alan O'Brien.   Jermaine Easter looked as likely source as any for an opener - seeing David Lucas plunge low to his right to keep out a well-struck free-kick and just failing to find the target after being picked out by Luke Chadwick from the right.

Robinson's side were firmly on the front foot - Colombian Angelo Balanta the latest to cause panic in the visiting defence when he surged into the box from the left, rounding Lucas before running out of room from a tight angle. Swindon slowly started to win some territory further forward - Jon-Paul McGovern's cross from the right flicking off the head of Mathias Kouo-Doumbé and forcing David Martin to tip over.

But the Dons continued to look the more likely as Balanta set up Peter Leven for a 20-yard strike - Lucas just about holding on with Easter lurking in the six-yard box. So it was with some surprise that the visitors took the lead on the stroke of half-time - their two central defenders combining with a training ground set-piece.

Sean Morrison provided the ammunition, hurling a long throw towards the dead-ball line from the right, and Cuthbert the finish, flicking over the stranded Martin after stealing a yard on Didi Hamann. A true sucker punch for Robinson's charges, but their intent to wipe out Swindon's advantage was obvious straight after the break. Balanta set off on another impressive burst into Robins territory, saw his deflected shot beaten away by Lucas and Easter couldn't grow sufficiently to get over his follow-up. Swindon looked fairly content with their lead, Prutton flashing a drive just wide from one of a succession of corners, but the hosts were looking increasingly dangerous at the other end.

Kouo-Doumbé and Danny Woodards somehow conspired to head wide as they both rose to meet a Balanta corner on 62 minutes. And when Baldock, put through by Balanta, saw Lucas brilliantly push his low show round the post, the crowd could sense a goal was coming. Swindon switched off from the resulting corner, Balanta worked it short to Lewington and Baldock raced across the near post to flick home his skipper's left-wing cross. Up went the familiar chant for the home-grown striker, forward came the home side once more and suddenly, they were in front.

Baldock himself won the corner down the right, Leven whipped it dangerously into the box and when Lucas beat away Sean O'Hanlon's fierce header, Baldock threw his head among the flying boots to claim a fourth goal of the season. 

Swindon didn't know what had hit them - a goal up to a goal behind in the space of two Baldock-inspired minutes and they found it difficult to change their mentality. The little striker may even have made it a hat-trick had he managed to turn substitute Lewis Guy's low cross on target with five minutes to go. And after picking Prutton's pocket just inside the Swindon half a few minutes later, the Robins midfielder's reckless lunge on the England Under-20 international saw him hit the showers for a second booking.

MK Dons (4-4-2): Martin; Woodards, O'Hanlon, Kouo-Doumbé, Lewington; Chadwick, Hamann (Guy 65), Leven, Balanta; Baldock, Easter (Ibehre 60).
Subs not used: Carrington, Searle, Chicksen, Powell, Johnson.
Goals: Baldock 71, 73
Booked: Leven
Swindon Town (4-4-2): Lucas; Caddis, Cuthbert, Morrison, Rose; McGovern (Amankwaah 70), Douglas, Prutton, O'Brien (Ball 78); Dossevi (Pericard 52), Austin.
Subs not used: Ferry, Smith, Kennedy, Thompson.
Goals: Cuthbert 45+1 Booked: Prutton
Sent-off: Prutton 87 Attendance: 7,866 (1,133 away)
Referee: Karl Evans (Lancashire)

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