A second half goal by Scott Fraser proved the difference as MK Dons beat Charlton Athletic at The Valley.
On a night that saw Charlton be one of the first teams to welcome fans back to an English football ground since lockdown, Fraser’s goal proved decisive as MK Dons tasted success in South London.
Victory meant the Dons picked up a third straight away win in all competitions, following on from their win at Sunderland and over Barnet in the FA Cup.
The game had represented some intriguing tests for the Dons, as they played in front of a full crowd for the first time since March, and against a home squad featuring 3 ex-Dons, although only Alex Gilbey would start with Chuks Aneke and one-time loanee Johnny Williams starting on the bench.
The Dons had a decent chunk of chances, with Jerome and Fraser having early tries denied by Ben Amos, a Ben Gladwin corner nearly creeping into the net and Cameron Jerome having a penalty appeal waved away – the latter of which leading to the Dons’ manager Russell Martin getting booked.
Carlton Morris and Warren O’Hora came close early in the second half, while Charlton grew into the game, as Darren Pratley fired wide and Connor Washington was unable to take advantage after being allowed a path to goal by a Dons defensive slip-up.
The match winner came with 15 minutes remaining, when Fraser finished off after a neat move involving Lasse Sorensen and Matty Sorinola.
Charlton’s single best chance for equaliser came when Dons keeper Andy Fisher was unable to clear a cross after coming off his line, but Pratley’s hit in response crashed off the crossbar and the away side were able to get the job done.