On this day in 2010, a Mark Carrington header earned MK Dons a 1-0 victory over Leyton Orient at stadiummk.
courtesy of Carrington’s fifth goal of the season.mkstadiumThe Dons, then under the guidance of Paul Ince, kept their slim play-off hopes alive in front of over 14,000 fans at
The midfielder nodded Aaron Wilbraham’s cross past O’s ‘keeper Jamie Jones to close the gap on Millwall, who occupied sixth-place, to just seven points.
It was far from pretty from Ince’s side, who were without winger Andros Townsend after he was recalled to parent club Tottenham Hotspur the day before. Townsend’s replacement, Arsenal loanee Mark Randall, did go close to a second after half-time but his cheeky chip landed on the roof of the net.
Manager Ince said afterwards: "It was thoroughly deserved today, I thought we were by far the better side and Willy only had one save to make.
"I'm disappointed we didn't put the game to bed and there were two penalty appeals that were arguably penalties.
"But at this time of the season you've got to be happy with getting a result and 1-0 is a great result to have. We had to make our blocks and throw our heads in, so the spirit was certainly there.”
MK Dons (4-3-3): Gueret; Woodards, Tunnicliffe (O’Hanlon 87), McCracken, Lewington (c); Randall, Leven, Carrington; Easter (Stirling 80), Wilbraham, Chadwick (Morgan 84).
Subs not used: Searle (GK), Doumbe, Davis, Howell.
Goal: Carrington 31
Booked: Wilbraham, Randall, Stirling
Leyton Orient (4-4-2): Jones; Purches (c), Mkandawire, Chorley, Cave-Brown; Doran (Telhoue 63), Smith, Thornton (Chambers 80), Demetriou; McGleish (Scowcroft 63), Jarvis.
Subs not used: Morris, Daniels, Baker, Mike.
Booked: Smith, Tehoue
Attendance: 14,323 (1,519 away)
Referee: Danny McDermid (Hampshire)