A late goal by substitute Cameron Jerome helped MK Dons take a 1-0 win over Barnet at The Hive in North London.
Jerome’s winner 8 minutes from time was enough for the Dons to book their place in the Third Round of the FA Cup after 2 seasons of back-to-back Round One exits, as they confirmed their spot in Monday night’s Third Round draw.
It also meant the Dons successfully avoided a banana skin in the form of a Barnet team who had knocked out MK’s League One contemporaries Burton Albion in the opening round.
Russell Martin made 7 changes to his starting line-up from the midweek draw with Shrewsbury in League One, but nearly repeated Tuesday night’s early concession when Ephron Mason-Clark forced a save from Lee Nicholls inside the opening minute.
George Williams headed wide on his return before the Dons suffered an early blow after Jordan Houghton’s own recall was ended early by an injury.
MK Dons’ best opportunity for a first half opener came when Regan Poole crashed a strike off the crossbar, before Poole’s cross lead to a strike fired wide by Stephen Walker.
An open second period would see both sides come close to breaking the deadlock, with Mason-Clark and James Dunne coming closest for Barnet, and Carlton Morris saw one drive curl off target.
But the Dons would have the decisive moment. With less than 10 minutes remaining, Scott Fraser received Daniel Harvie’s pass and the substitute’s low cross picked out Jerome, who flicked it past Scott Loach to score.
MK Dons could’ve made their winning margin even bigger late on, with Loach denying Harvie and Jerome blasting a drive over, but one goal was ultimately enough to decide the contest and a Third Round place in MK Dons’ favour.