MK Dons saw off Northampton Town as a 2-0 win was enough for them to reach the Papa John’s Trophy Quarter Finals.
Fresh from a hard-thought encounter with Premier League side Burnley in the FA Cup at the weekend, the Dons won this all-League One encounter courtesy of 2 goals by Ste Walker.
The match was a second victory for the Dons over the Cobblers in this season’s edition of the competition, after Russell Martin’s side secured a 3-1 win over Northampton in a group stage meeting at stadium mk back in September.
Northampton had been forced into a late change after named goalkeeper Steve Arnold was injured in the warm-up, but the home side nearly scored first after Ryan Watson fired over.
MK Dons then thought they had struck first when the recalled Joe Mason received a Scott Fraser pass and beat home keeper Jonathan Mitchell, but the goal was ruled out for offside.
But MK Dons pressed for a breakthrough, and moments after Mitchell kept out Fraser, it was the away side who would score after Walker received Fraser’s through-pass and chipped Mitchell to put the visitors ahead.
Danny Rose headed wide for Northampton in their best chance for an equaliser, before MK Dons came close again as Mitchell saved from Mason.
In the second period, the Dons’ enjoyed most of the ball, with their best chance seeing substitute Cameron Jerome having a shot blocked, while the hosts’ best chance saw a strike by Ricky Korboa denied by Lee Nicholls.
The game-ending second goal would be scored by Walker late on. The Dons won a penalty after Cian Bolger fouled Jerome, and Middlesbrough loanee Walker beat Mitchell from 12 yards to seal progress into the next round for MK Dons.