By Martin Atherton
After seven wins in 10 games, MK Dons were humbled 4-2 tonight against another in form team in Shrewsbury Town.
The Dons looked completely lost without star man Scott Fraser in midfield – injured, though expected to be back in some form for Saturday.
Both Will Grigg and Charlie Brown had themselves on the scoresheet, but neither effort was able to prevent their side falling to a poor defeat after such a strong period of games.
As ever, Martin’s side fell behind early doors – Goss nutmegging O’Hora with a poke home after being found unmarked in the box. 1-0.
And before MK had even pushed forward it then became two, Chapman running into Gladwin – winning a penalty – before seeing it converted by Norburn to double his side’s advantage. 2-0.
And two then became three on the twenty-minute mark, another penalty – Darling caught handballing a cross – being converted by Curtis Main. 3-0.
But whilst the Dons could have folded, they worked to get themselves back in the game – and they were rewarded pretty quickly as Laird stuck in an excellent ball for Grigg to turn home. 3-1!
After they had got themselves back in it, the second half presented to opportunity to maybe bring things level – but it wasn’t meant to be.
On 57 minutes, Goss got his second of the night – and the hosts’ fourth to put things beyond doubt – after some good work from Vela allowed him to fire into an empty net. 4-1.
Brown then pulled another back late on, brilliantly connecting with a cross to fire home – but it was all too late in reality. 4-2.
Udoh should have made it five for the hosts in the dying moments after Lewington had completely misplaced a pass, but his effort went well high of the bar. FT 4-2.
With a side as young as ours in key areas and the silly run of form they’d been on, it was always going to come down crashing at some point – oh well. Credit to Shrewsbury, who were outstanding tonight – let’s not take anything away from them.
Great to see both Griggy and Brown on the scoresheet – absolutely delighted for the latter. I’m sure now he’s coming towards a better level of fitness we’ll see a lot more of him. It’s easy to see, both based off of what he achieved in the JPT with Chelsea and his last two performances with us, the quality he possesses in front of goal.
Learn from it, move on, and let’s go again Saturday. COYD.