MK Dons endured a miserable afternoon as they lost 3-0 at home to Burton Albion at stadium mk.
Burton struck the game’s opening goal through Liam Boyce. They would then strike another through Oliver Sarkic just after half-time.
Boyce rounded off the scoring with his second in added time at the end, as the Dons endured a 4th straight defeat in League One, and they drop 2 spots to 17th after 11 games played.
The Dons had arrived ahead of the contest looking for an upturn in their league form. While Paul Tisdale’s side picked up a midweek victory over Fulham’s junior team in the Leasing.com Trophy, they arrived on the back of 3 consecutive league defeats.
Not helping was injuries, with the club confirming pre-game that Sam Nombe and Jordan Houghton had suffered injuries to rule them out, while George Williams was only fit enough for the bench.
In the early stages, both sides had pressure and blocked shots as the two sides looked to land an early blow.
But MK Dons nearly gifted their hosts the opener on their first visit to stadium mk. Nicholls failed to get power on a clearance and Edwards was straight on it to intercept, but Nicholls recovered well to touch it wide.
The first big chance for the hosts was for Jordan Bowery, who saw a first-time shot nicely saved by Kieran O’Hara.
Burton did have positive momentum in the early stages but had some shots prove more inaccurate than wanted, with Boyce heading one across goal and Edwards blasting a drive wide of the mark.
Somewhat against the run of play, MK Dons nearly burst ahead when some patiently worked build-up place released Dean Lewington, and his cross found Alex Gilbey, who headed wide.
But moments after that, the visitors struck first. A floated ball from deep found Sarkic, whose header found an unmarked Boyce, and despite the covering intent of Nicholls and Joe Walsh, the ball crept into the goal.
Burton could’ve had a second before the half-time whistle, with away skipper Lucas Akins lashing a low drive wide and Nicholls having to be on hand to deny Boyce’s long-ranger and a shot from Nathan Broadhead.
The Dons introduced Dylan Asonganyi and changed formation at half-time. But before they could fully get up to speed with their changes, the visitors had a second goal.
After getting through a brief burst of home side pressure, Broadhead lead a charge down the away left before laying the ball off to Scott Fraser. His initial cross looked mishit, but it dropped kindly for Sarkic. He was able to cut in a little, and then lash a drive beyond Nicholls.
Things could’ve got worse for the home side, with Edwards’ stabbed effort denied by Nicholls and Scott Fraser seeing a strike deflected wide.
The Dons began to gain some momentum, with O’Hara denying Callum Brittain and Asonganyi hitting the side-netting. But for the most part, they were struggling to break through.
A great chance opened for Bowery when he burst through for a one-on-one, only to be denied by O’Hara.
A reshuffle saw MK Dons put Joe Walsh into an attacking role, and the defender did come close when he saw a flicked effort at a corner denied by the Burton keeper.
Burton sub Lloyd Dyer also came close, when the winger’s strike was repelled by Nicholls. Boyce also came close, when he saw a drive blocked by Conor McGrandles.
Boyce would then come close again as the game moved into added time, but the striker was denied by Nicholls after being found by Dyer. However, MK Dons failed to fully clear their lines, and Boyce was presented with a second shot, which he duly dispatched to rub salt into the wounds after a miserable day for the Dons.
MK Dons: Nicholls – Poole, Martin (Asonganyi 45), Walsh – Williams, McGrandles, Gilbey (Cargill 60), Kasumu, Boateng, Lewington (Moore-Taylor 76) – Bowery
Subs not used: Moore, Williams, Dickenson, Sorinola
Burton Albion: O’Hara – Akins, O’Toole, Nartey, Hutchinson (Anderson 90) – Edwards, Wallace, Fraser – Sarkic (Sbarra 84), Boyce, Broadhead (Dyer 71)
Subs not used: Bywater, Daniel, Buxton, Templeton, Anderson
Goals: Boyce (32, 90+1), Sarkic (53)