MK Dons picked up the points as they ground out a 2-1 victory over rivals AFC Wimbledon at stadium mk.
Sam Nombe fired MK Dons in front in the game’s early stages. Rhys Healey would then double the home side’s advantage as the home side looked the more comfortable in the opening half.
Marcus Forss came off the bench to bring the visitors back into the contest, but the visiting side couldn’t grab another strike as the hosts held out.
The result is a third home win of the new campaign in the league for Paul Tisdale’s outfit, who picked up the points in the league after back-to-back reverses against Peterborough and Accrington Stanley.
After an inconsistent start to the season in the league, MK Dons faced a second game of the season against their post-Wimbledon FC rivals AFC Wimbledon. The two sides had met in the First Round of the Carabao Cup back in August, which saw MK beat AFC on penalties.
Paul Tisdale opted to shuffle his pack from recent league outings, with David Kasumu and Nombe both given starts, and the latter would have the key involvement in the game’s opening goal.
Work down the Dons’ right saw a through ball played for Nombe, who held off covering defender Paul Kalambayi and advanced. When in a shooting position, he then had a go at goal that struck both posts and eventually crossed the line to give the home side the lead.
MK Dons had seen a few set-pieces and half-chances fall their way in the stages before the goal, with the most noteworthy seeing Alex Gilbey have a header deflected wide.
For the most part after that, the game became fairly quieter. Although AFC Wimbledon had a few set-pieces, the game largely saw MK Dons have a lot of the ball but struggle to do a lot with it.
Then, just before the half-hour, they managed to find a way through. After some good teamwork with the ball, Healey was able to pick up a pass by Gilbey, run to the edge of the box, and fire a low shot beyond Joe McDonnell.
AFC Wimbledon’s best chances in the opening period came after they fell 2 down. Headers from Joe Pigott and Kwesi Appiah were saved by Lee Nicholls, while in-between the two efforts, Pigott saw a volley just fly over.
Each side had a decent early chance after the break. For the hosts, a short corner routine ended with Gilbey’s drive crashing into the side-netting, while on a counter, the visitor’s Appiah had a try blocked by Russell Martin.
Although MK Dons had most of the ball, it was AFC Wimbledon who had a decent chance to pull one back. Moments after Kalambayi had an overhead kick blocked at a free-kick that fell to him, a second cross found Appiah, who shot over when well placed.
Michael Folivi would also be denied by Nicholls, but in truth the game began to run out of energy as it continued through the second half.
An opportunity did open up for Healey to try and make it 3, but his curling try was saved by away keeper Joe McDonnell. The away keeper also denied Gilbey when he got in a header after Dean Lewington picked him out.
But as the game looked to be drifting out, the visitors got back into proceedings. A cross by Callum Reilly picked out Forss, who headed across and beyond Nicholls.
As the game ticked into four minutes added on, a great chance opened up for the visitors only for the well placed Kalambayi to head wide from a corner.
But the home side had ultimately done enough to take the victory, as they go back to winning ways in League One and pick up a second victory in the opening stages over their rivals.
MK Dons: Nicholls – Williams, Martin, Walsh – McGrandles, Kasumu, Houghton, Gilbey (Boateng 77), Lewington – Nombe (Agard 84), Healey (Bowery 84)
Subs not used: Moore, Dickenson, Harley, Asonganyi
Goal: Nombe (10), Healey (25)
AFC Wimbledon: McDonnell – O’Neill, Kalambayi, Thomas (Sanders 45), Delaney, Guinness-Walker – Wagstaff (Folivi 45), Nightingale, Reilly – Pigott, Appiah (Forss 78)
Subs not used: Tzanev, Roscrow, Rudoni, Osew
Goal: Forss (83)