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Barnet 1 MK Dons 4

27 July 2013

Izale McLeod came off the bench to score twice against his former side and help MK Dons to a 4-1 win over Barnet.

After a low-key first half it was the Blue Square Bet side who took the lead through Jake Hyde, but McLeod, on the pitch for four minutes, headed home the equaliser before handing the Dons the lead eight minutes from time.

There was then a flurry of goals in the final five minutes as Mauro Vilhere turned the ball into his own net and Patrick Bamford completed the scoring moments later. 

Robinson stuck with the same XI which started against Rayo Vallecano in midweek while former Barnet players Tom Flanagan and McLeod were on the bench.

Barnet player-manager Edgar Davids handed himself a starting role while former Dons loanee Keanu Marsh-Brown was also named against his old side.

In soaring temperatures both sides took time to find their way into the game and the first 10 minutes offered little in terms of goalmouth action, but it was a chance for the midfield players to soak up a lot of the action. 

It took the Dons 13 minutes to register their first shot when Darren Potter rifled an effort from 25-yards but it always looked set to fly the wrong side of the right post. 

The tempo struggled to pick up, partly due to the heat but also because neither side had been able to stamp their authority on proceedings. 

A short water break provided the perfect interruption in the match which had been scrappy and fair unproductive for both sides. Soon after Dean Lewington and Jason Banton showed some good understanding as they overlapped on the left-hand side before Banton fizzed a great ball into the box.

Luke Chadwick found himself on the end of the pass, but a heavy touch allowed the Bees’ defence to close down the danger quickly and end the threat. 

Banton was at the heart of the best movement of the match when he picked up the ball on the left and drifted into a central position before weaving his way past three Barnet players only to see his drilled low shot deflect wide off the heel of Chadwick.

The Crystal Palace loanee then had another chance at goal, this time from the left of the box, yet his shot was wildly off target.

Moments before the half-time whistle, Barnet had their own opportunity to take the lead when Curtis Weston was on the end of a through ball into the Dons’ box and pulled the ball back to Marsh- Brown, whose 
effort fell wide.

Cooler temperatures after the break helped bring the game to life as Lee Hodson, after his initial cross fell back to him, watched Graham Stack pull off a great save. The Bees goalie was called back into action when a fine drive from Lewington looked set to nestle into the bottom corner only for Stack to get his fingertips onto the ball to turn it away for a corner.

Despite enjoying a good spell of possession, the Dons found themselves a goal down shortly after the hour mark when Davids won the ball from Antony Kay, the ball was chipped to Hyde who curled a superb shot into the back of the net.

Straight after the goal, the Dons opted to make six changes as Williams, Gleeson, Powell, Lewington, Chadwick and Potter were replaced by Flanagan, McLeod, Ben Reeves, Dele Alli, Patrick Bamford and George Badock.

The Dons reaped immediate rewards for their change when Baldock latched on to a pass from Smith and whipped a cross in for McLeod. The striker was able to get the better of his marker to send a looping header over Stack in goal to level the score for the visitors.

McLeod looked in a hungry mood and was eager to impress as he powered his way through the Bees defence but saw his right-footed shot fall just wide of the post.

The forward showed great composure seven minutes from time when Kay’s ball was well controlled by McLeod and fired into the bottom corner. 

It sparked a frenzy of goals from the Dons as Barnet failed to keep tabs on their good movement up front as Alli breached the right of the box and Mauro Vilhete accidentally turned the ball into his own net to give the Dons a 3-1 lead.

And just two minutes later it was Bamford’s chance to join in on the scoring when he was found on a one-on-one opportunity with the goalie and turned in a clinical finish to give the visitors a three goal cushion.

The Dons were in cruise control in the final stages as Barnet tried to prevent any further damage to the scoreline. The result means a Dons XI head into Wednesday’s match against a Tottenham Hotspur XI looking to preserve the unbeaten record in pre-season.

Barnet: Stack, Stephens, Acheampong (Saville 46), Johnson, Yiadom (Vilhete 80), Davids (Allen 86), Weston, Byrne, Gambin (Villa 68), Marsh-Brown (Mengerink 86), Hyde (Sykes 67).

Subs not used: Jupp.

Goal: Hyde 63

MK Dons: Martin; Hodson, Kay, Williams (Flanagan 65), Lewington (c) (Reeves 65); Potter (Alli 65), Gleeson (Baldock 65); Powell (McLeod 65), Chadwick (Bamford 65), Banton; Smith (Galloway 89).

Subs not used: McLoughlin. 

Goals: McLeod 67, 83, Vilhette (OG) 83, Bamford 85

Referee: Nick Kinselly

Attendance: 1,062 (189 away) 

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