Match Details: 06/09/2008
Milton Keynes Dons 3-0 Yeovil Town
Coca Cola League One
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Asmir Begovic, 3. Nathan Jones, 4. Terry Skiverton, 6. Terrell Forbes, 7. Marc Bircham, 9. Andy Welsh, 11. Danny Schofield, 14. Paul Warne, 16. Gary Roberts, 18. Keiran Murtagh, 27. Lee Peltier,
Subs: 10. Gavin Tomlin, 12. Craig Alcock, 19. Andre McCollin, 23. James Dayton, 29. Aaron Brown
Substitutes Used: Gavin Tomlin for Marc Bircham (62 mins), Andre McCollin for Paul Warne (72 mins), James Dayton for Andy Welsh (76 mins)
Bookings: Danny Schofield (Foul, 66)
Yeovil Town could have few complaints today when they were emphatically beaten by a physically strong MK Dons side that deserved all three points at stadium:mk today. Peter Leven did the damage, scoring the first and third goal, whilst Sam Baldock's breakaway goal early in the second half more or less killed any hopes of a Glovers fight-back.
The Glovers suffered a pre-match blow when Darren Way had to pull out of the squad due to an upset stomach. Gavin Tomlin was included in the squad but only as far as the bench, with this season's top scorer having not quite recovered sufficiently from his dead leg to warrant a start. New signing Andy Welsh went straight into the starting line-up with Danny Schofield returning on the opposite flank.
Right from the start it looked as though Yeovil would have their hands full. The Dons have a strong powerful side, who looked at their most dangerous when running with the ball and at many points during the game this put the Glovers on the back foot. Goalkeeper Asmir Begovic had to deal with an early Mark Wright drive that he parried away at full stretch as the home side got a firm grip on the game.
When they took the lead midway through the first half, Begovic could count himself somewhat unlucky. Producing an outstanding save from an Aaron Wilbraham header, he almost made it an incredible double-save when Peter Leven was the first to react for the rebound. Unfortunately for the keeper, his valiant attempt to stop the ball going over the line failed with the ball going in off the post from close range.
The Glovers threatened only on fleeting occasions, although could have equalised when Gary Roberts let fly from 20 yards out, his shot looping and striking against the top of the crossbar. Just 10 minutes later though, Aaron Wilbraham did the same, and it was undoubtedly the home side who were on top at the break.
The second period saw a much better showing from the Glovers in terms of attack, even if that was probably as a result of their ever-pressing need to find a goal from somewhere. Kieran Murtagh broke through on goal but fired his angled shot just wide of the far post, as Yeovil began to find some space in the MK Dons back line for once.
But the gaps in the Glovers back line were also evident, particularly in the way that the midfield at times failed to protect their defensive counterparts at times, allowing the Dons to build up a head of steam as they bore down on goal. Captain Terry Skiverton put in some superb defensive blocks during the game, and were it not for one crucial error, Terrell Forbes also kept the home side at bay with some good mopping up. However eight minutes into the second period, Terrell allowed himself to be dispossessed close to the halfway line and Sam Baldock punished his mistake, racing through and pretty much finishing the game by firing home off Begovic's right-hand post with the ball just crossing the line as it nestled in the left-hand corner.
It took a while for the Glovers to come back mentally from that set-back, and Terry Skiverton went inches from scoring with a header on the back post when he received a right-wing cross, but again the Dons showed their speed on the break to net their third just when Glovers tails were starting to go up. The start of the move had a hint of controversy about it as Gavin Tomlin appeared to be taken out close to the dugouts after he had won the ball. But the home side again dispossessed the Glovers, and their breaking run cut through the midfield like a knife through butter, and when the ball was threaded through to Peter Leven the end result was inevitable. 3-0 down, and certainly no way back from that.
To be fair to the Glovers, they kept trying, but try was all they were capable of on the day. The Dons looked stronger and far more effective with what they did with the ball. At times the Glovers looked shot-shy, getting into good positions only for a split-second of dithering giving the home side the ability to close the shot down. At times it was like watching a youth team take on a first team - the youth team had plenty of energy and refused to give up, but the first team were more streetwise and experienced. Hopefully the gulf between the two teams is either a one-off, or a sign that the Dons are likely to be going for a second consecutive promotion this season. If it is not that, then it is certainly going to be a long hard season on the road.
Final Score: Milton Keynes Dons 3 Yeovil Town 0.
Scorers: Peter Leven (21 mins, 1-0), Sam Baldock (53 mins, 2-0), Peter Leven (78 mins, 3-0)
12. Willy Gueret 14. Carl Regan 2. Jude Stirling 6. Sean O'Hanlon 3. Dean Lewington 7. Mark Wright 22. Peter Leven 24. Flavien Belson 8. Jemal Johnson 9. Aaron Wilbraham 15. Sam Baldock
1. Nathan Abbey (GK) 11. Florian Sturm (67 mins for Jemal Johnson) 17. Shaun Cummings 20. Alan Navarro (82 mins for Flavien Belson) 4. Miguel Angel Llera
Yeovil Town (4-5-1):
1. Asmir Begovic
27. Lee Peltier 4. Terry Skiverton 6. Terrell Forbes 3. Nathan Jones
11. Danny Schofield 7. Marc Bircham 16. Gary Roberts 18. Kieran Murtagh 9. Andy Welsh
14. Paul Warne
10. Gavin Tomlin (62 mins for Marc Bircham) 12. Craig Alcock 19. Andre McCollin (72 mins for Paul Warne) 23. Aaron Brown 29. James Dayton (76 mins for Andy Welsh)
MK Dons Bookings: None.
Yeovil Bookings: Danny Schofield (66 mins, foul)
Referee: Darren Drysdale (Lincolnshire). Assistants: Wayne Porter (Lincolnshire) and Oleksandr Saliy (Middlesex). Fourth Official: Russell Fletcher (Derbyshire).
Attendance: 7,959 (including 550 Yeovil supporters).