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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
21:28 27th February 2010

MACCA CRACKER DOWNS DONS

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A 23rd minute screamer from Shaun MacDonald was enough to give all three points for Yeovil Town against Milton Keynes Dons at Huish Park this afternoon.

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His fifth goal of the season was the highlight of a largely entertaining game though the Glovers spent a significant period under pressure in the second half.

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Manager Terry Skiverton made one change from Tuesday night's victorious team at Walsall with Arron Davies coming in for fellow Welshman Owain Tudur Jones who failed a fitness test this morning.

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MK Dons kicked off and in the first ten minutes had slightly more possession with Alex McCarthy saving with his feet from Jermaine Easter. Former Yeovil loanee Andros Townsend raided forty yards down the flank but saw Steven Caulker block his cross.

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Yeovil's first sight of goal came after Gavin Tomlin had been brought down outside the box. The ex-Fisher man cut a low cross back across goal but Dean Bowditch hit his shot over.

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As the Glovers came more into it, Davies hit his shot over after linking up well with Sam Williams but within two minutes, the Welsh winger had created the only goal of the game.

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After winning the corner, Davies floated it over, the ball was cleared as far as MacDonald who hit an absolute beauty into the top corner. It was a goal worthy of being the winner.

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Jean-Paul Kalala almost made it two moments later but his curling effort from fully 35 yards out was easily held by keeper Willy Gueret low down.

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Aaron Wilbraham headed a Townsend cross over the bar as the open nature of the game continued before there was an almighty scramble at the other end after Kalala had volleyed a clearance back into the danger zone.

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The Glovers were playing some great stuff and Tomlin and Davies almost doubled the lead with shots as Milton Keynes lost a little discipline. Stephen Gleeson, Peter Leven and Andros Townsend all earned yellow cards from referee Graham Salisbury as the pressure told.

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The second half was almost sure to lack the excitement and vigour of the first half and the first quarter was punctuated again by fouls, free kicks and the injury, on his 150th senior appearance, of Dean Bowditch who pulled up with a tweaked hamstring and was replaced by Ryan Mason.

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Tomlin shot wide of the post after man-of-the-match MacDonald had set him up and David McCracken became the fourth Dons player to be booked for hacking down Williams.

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Gradually the Dons crept back into the game as Yeovil were forced on to the back foot. Luke Chadwick fired well over as the Glovers seemed a little hesitant in defence.

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Dean Morgan came on for Chadwick and he hooked a shot over the bar as the visitors started to look capable of snatching a point that would have been harsh on Yeovil's earlier display. Andy Welsh replaced Davies in a straight swap but still the Dons poured forward.

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Glesson fired over and there was some last ditch defensive heroics from all of Yeovil's back four as they fought hard to keep all three points.

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Dons sub Sean O'Hanlon came on late into the game and almost grabbed a leveller but saw his header drop the wrong side of the crossbar.

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Four minutes of stoppage time saw the Glovers try to play it safe in the corners and when referee Salisbury finally blew his whistle, there was delight mixed with relief at the result.



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