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7 October 2017

Match Reports


7 October 2017

Saturday 7 October 2017
Sky Bet League One
Milton Keynes Dons 1 (Ebanks-Landell 45+1)
Bradford City 4 (Vincelot 11, Wyke 18, 71, Taylor 82)
Kick Off: 3.00pm
at Stadium MK

Attendance: 9,106 (996 visitors)

Stuart McCall's four-midable Bantams recorded a comfortable away victory at in-form Milton Keynes Dons.

Against an MK Dons side with three wins from their last four matches, City looked in control throughout, eventually running out 4-1 winners at Stadium MK.

City dominated from the first whistle, and the hosts were soon down to ten men with only five minutes on the clock.

Jake Reeves, who impressed throughout, robbed Aaron Tshibola of the ball just outside the box, leading to the MK Dons midifelder bringing him down on the edge of the area with only home goalkeeper Lee Nicholls to beat.

Tshibola was given a straight red card for the foul, with City quickly making their one-man advantage count.

Romain Vincelot headed the Bantams into the lead from a Tony McMahon corner.

Charlie Wyke then doubled City's lead less than twenty minutes in with a deflected strike from outside the box.

McCall's men looked in complete control at this stage, but MK Dons gave themselves a life-line on the stroke of half time when Ethan Ebanks-Landell headed in from a corner.

The goal understandably gave the hosts some extra belief going into the second period, but City still looked largely in charge of proceedings.

The Bantams arguably clinched the points twenty minutes from the end when Nicky Law and Matthew Kilgallon combined to see the latter square the ball for a simple tap-in for Wyke - his sixth goal of the season.

MK Dons briefly threatened a response almost straight after but Colin Doyle, who joined back up with the squad on Saturday morning from Ireland international duty, saved well from Osman Sow, Chuks Aneke and Ed Upson in fairly quick succession.

City then put the seal on an impressive performance and result eight minutes from the end of normal time, sub Paul Taylor latching onto Reeves' ball over the top to finish neatly past Nicholls for his first goal for the club. 

FT: Milton Keynes Dons 1 Bradford City 4
Muirhead fires narrowly over with a fierce drive from outside the box.
There will be five minutes of time added on at the end of the match.
87min: YELLOW CARD -
Dean Lewington is booked for a late tackle on Luke Hendrie inside City's half of the pitch.
86min: SUB -
The Bantams bring on Alex Jones for Wyke.
86min: SUB -
MK Dons bring on Robbie Muirhead for Ariyibi.
Upson and Kilgallon are both cautioned for a spot of shoving after the award of a City free-kick.
84min: YELLOW CARD -
Aneke is booked for a foul on Vincelot inside City's half of the pitch.
82min: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MK Dons 1 Bradford City 4 - City have a fourth through Taylor! Reeves' fine ball over the top plays Taylor in on goal and the substitute finishes well past Nicholls for his first City goal!
78min: SUB -
The Bantams bring on Paul Taylor for Poleon.
78min: SUB -
MK Dons bring on Aidan Nesbitt for Sow.
MK Dons have another good chance when Upson is found in space in the box via a low cross. Upson goes for the far bottom corner but Doyle tips the ball around the post for a corner.
MK Dons threaten again. From Upson's cross, Aneke heads for goal and Doyle has to tip over.
Aneke plays Osman Sow into space deep inside City's penalty area but Doyle is out quickly to make the block with his body.
71min: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!1 MK Dons 1 Bradford City 3 - Wyke grabs his second of the game! Law and Matthew Kilgallon combine from a short free-kick, with the latter squaring to give Wyke a simple tap-in from close range.
69min: YELLOW CARD -
Nathaniel Knight-Percival is booked for dragging back Aneke as the striker looked to burst forward into City territory.
Law plays a corner out to Reeves but the midfielder's rising drive from outside the box is held by Nicholls at the second attempt.
62min: SUB -
Unfortunately for McMahon, he appears to have injured himself while slipping over during that corner. He is replaced by Luke Hendrie.
A short corner routine for City eventually ends with Adam Chicksen firing wide from distance.
McMahon tries his luck from outside the box with a left foot effort but the shot sails over.
Reeves' long range drive is held first time by Nicholls.
MK Dons kick off the second period.
MK Dons bring on Chuks Aneke for Agard before the restart.
HT: Milton Keynes Dons 1 Bradford City 2
45+1min: GOAL - MK Dons 1 Bradford City 2 - The hosts have a goal back on the stroke of half time when Ethan Ebanks-Landell glances home a header from Ed Upson's corner.
There will be two minutes of time added on at the end of the first half.
44min: YELLOW CARD -
Alex Gilbey is booked for a late challenge on Vincelot just inside MK Dons' half of the pitch.
Colin Doyle has to make a close range save from Kieran Agard after George Williams had headed across the box following Ed Upson's free-kick delivery from deep into the area.
McMahon goes for goal following Nicky Law's quickly-taken corner, and the defender's curling effort from just outside the box is superbly tipped over by Nicholls.
Jake Reeves' looping effort on the half-volley from just outside the box sails not too far wide of Nicholls' goal.
Gilliead finds Dominic Poleon in the box with a low centre but the striker's powerful low strike on the turn is held by Nicholls.
McMahon curls over with a left-footed effort from outside the box.
Alex Gilliead's low drive from outside the box is straight at Nicholls.
18min: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!! MK Dons 0 Bradford City 2 - Charlie Wyke doubles City's lead! Wyke grabs his fifth goal of the season when his deflected drive from just outside the box finds the bottom corner.
Gboly Ariyibi fires over with a rising drive from outside the box.
11min: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!! MK Dons 0 Bradford City 1 - The Bantams have the lead through Romain Vincelot. City's captain powers home a header from a McMahon corner to open the scoring.
Tony McMahon's effort for goal from the resulting free-kick deflects off the wall and behind for a corner.
5min: RED CARD -
MK Dons are down to ten men when Aaron Tshibola is given a straight red card for bringing down Jake Reeves on the very edge of the box. Reeves dispossessed Tshibola before looking to stride into the box and one-on-one with MK Dons 'keeper Lee Nicholls. Tshibola bundled over Reeves, however, leading to a City free-kick and a dismissal for the MK Dons midfielder.
The Bantams kick off.

Nicholls, Williams, Wootton, Ebanks-Landell, Lewington, Upson, Ariyibi, Tshibola, Gilbey, Agard, Sow

Subs: Sietsma, Walsh, Aneke, Seager, Muirhead, McGrandles, Nesbitt

Milton Keynes Dons substitutions:
Aneke for Agard (46), Nesbitt for Sow (78), Muirhead for Ariyibi (86)

Milton Keynes Dons dismissals:
Tshibola (5)

Milton Keynes Dons cautions:
Gilbey (44), Aneke (84), Upson (85), Lewington (87)


Doyle, McMahon, Knight-Percival, Kilgallon, Chicksen, Reeves, Vincelot, Law, Gilliead, Wyke, Poleon

Subs: Raeder, Dieng, Taylor, Field, Hendrie, Jones, Patrick

Bradford City substitutions:
Hendrie for McMahon (62), Taylor for Poleon (78), Jones for Wyke (86)

Bradford City cautions:
Knight-Percival (69), Kilgallon (85)


Referee: Scott Oldham
Assistant Referee: Simon Knapp
Assistant Referee: Rob Smith
Fourth Official: Kevin Johnson

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