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Memorable match: Swindon Town

10 June 2014

Relive the drama of the Dons’ come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Swindon Town in March as part of mkdons.com’s 'Memorable Match' series.

Report
Karl Robinson’s men had fallen behind in the first-half courtesy of a Michael Smith finish but two second-half goals from Antony Kay and George Baldock, the latter of which coming in stoppage time, secured their third away victory in four.

The Dons boss, who stressed the importance of the clash before kick-off, made slight change to his 4-2-3-1 formation, opting for three-man strike-force with loan pair Larnell Cole and Sanmi Odelusi either side of Izale McLeod.

And the men from MK1 made a positive start, with both Odelusi and Ben Reeves threatening Robins stopper Tyrell Belford with long-range efforts early on.

However, in the 18th minute, Swindon took the lead when, on a rare attack forward, their striker Smith was in the right place at the right time to nod home from close range after David Martin had failed to deal with Alex Pritchard’s ambitious effort.

Smith’s goal appeared to take the sting out of Robinson’s men, who almost fell further behind only for Martin to make up for his earlier error with a fine stop to deny Massimo Luongo scoring with his head.

The Dons started the second half much better and they went agonisingly close to a leveller through Reeves in the 65th minute but his free-kick flew just wide of the post.

Eventually, though, Robinson’s side did equalise and it came from the unlikely source of defender Kay, who climbed above everybody from Reeves’ corner to power a header past Belford and into the top corner.

Kay and his team-mates did, however, have Martin to thank for keeping the score at 1-1 just a minute later when the keeper correctly judged Pritchard’s clever free-kick and made a strong save at his near post.

Robinson then introduced Dean Bowditch from the bench for his first appearance since February and the popular winger had a glorious chance to mark his comeback with a winning goal but Belford did well to save his low shot.

With the game finely poised heading into stoppage, the stage was set for someone to steal the headlines and in the 93rd minute Baldock did exactly that. After receiving the ball out wide, the right-back cut inside and drilled an unstoppable shot into the top corner to win the game for his side.

Match stats
Swindon Town: Belford, Thompson (McEveley 83), Byrne, Luongo, Harley, Pritchard, Kasim (Murphy 69), Thompson, Ward (c), Smith (N'Guessan 86), Archibald-Henville.

Subs not used: Bedwell (GK), Rossi-Branco, Barker, Gladwin.

Goal: Smith 19

MK Dons (4-3-3): Martin; Baldock, Spence, Kay, Lewington (c); Smith; Alli, Reeves; Cole (Powell 46), McLeod, Odelusi (Bowditch 76).

Subs not used: Burns (GK), Chadwick, Rasulo, Hall, Collinge.

Booked: Kay, Baldock

Goal: Kay 60, Baldock 90

Referee: J Simpson

Attendance: 7,424 (322 away)

Highlights
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