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7 October 2017

Stuart McCall's Bantams recorded an impressive result and performance as they swept aside Milton Keynes Dons to claim a controlled victory at Stadium MK.

Goals from Romain Vincelot, Charlie Wyke (2) and Paul Taylor - his first for the club - helped McCall's men to an eye-catching 4-1 success over MK Dons.

The victory - City's sixth in their last eight league games - keeps the Bantams in third position in the Sky Bet League One table.

City dominated from the first whistle at the magnificent Stadium MK, 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 six minutes later from a Tony McMahon corner.

The goal was the fourth in less than a month for City's influential skipper.

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, and they could have added further to their lead.

Dominic Poleon and Tony McMahon forced saves from Nicholls later in the half as City stroked the ball around with some confidence.

Just as City looked set to complete an almost perfect half though, 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.

MK Dons brought on the powerful and imposing Chuks Aneke just before the restart, and the forward did show some glimpses of his undoubted talent at times.

City suffered a blow just after the hour mark when McMahon was forced to limp off after appearing to stretch his hamstring slipping after taking a short corner.

McMahon's injury was arguably the only low point for City on another productive day on the road for McCall's side.

With Luke Hendrie on the pitch now as McMahon's replacement, the Bantams seemingly ended any hopes of an unlikely MK Dons comeback twenty minutes from the end.

Some neat passing from Nicky Law and Reeves from a wide City free-kick eventually saw Matthew Kilgallon with the ball at his feet inside the box.

With the hosts looking for offside, Kilgallon squared for Wyke to give the striker a simple tap-in in the middle from close range.

The goal was Wyke's sixth of the season after missing the early stages of the campaign through injury.

Incredibly, MK Dons actually 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.

The trio of impressive saves from Doyle came after the Irishman had also made a smart stop from Kieran Agard in the latter stages of the first period.

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. 

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