MK Dons were beaten 3-0 by Peterborough United as they suffered defeat in their first league game of 2021.

First half goals by Jonson Clarke-Harris and Sammie Szmodics left the Dons with a mountain to climb, before Szmodics grabbed a second goal in the second period.

The result means the Dons slip to a first league defeat since December 19th, as they stay in 16th in the League One table.

MK Dons began on the backfoot, and moments after Jack Taylor blasted a strike wide for Peterborough, the home side took the lead.

Clarke-Harris, who scored a game opening goal when Peterborough played MK Dons last month, was on hand to score the opener after the striker reached Joe Ward’s cross and poked the ball past being Andy Fisher.

MK Dons’ ambitions were not helped when Andrew Surman suffered an injury and had to leave the field.

The visitors did begin to put a few chances together, with Cameron Jerome put a shot wide before a deflected lash at goal from range by Ben Gladwin bounced just wide.

But on the half hour mark, Peterborough would double their advantage, when Szmodics received a Siriki Dembele through ball, rounded Fisher, and slotted the ball into the back of the net.

Regan Poole nearly brought MK Dons back to one when he saw a drive crashed off the crossbar, with Joe Mason crowded out before he could make anything of the rebound.

MK Dons could’ve grabbed a way back as well after the half-time break but were largely limited to long shots from range, and they would fall 3-0 down with 25 minutes left to go.

Szmodics would grab his second of the afternoon, as he turned in Dembele’s low cross to extend the Peterborough lead.

This ended the Dons’ hopes of getting back into the contest, as while they still had some opportunities, they wouldn’t grab a further goal as they slipped to defeat.