MK Dons’ recent unbeaten run was ended after a 4-2 defeat by Shrewsbury Town, with the Dons falling 3-0 down in the first 20 minutes.
A poor start hurt the Dons’ hopes of taking the points in Shropshire, as an early goal by Sean Goss was then followed by 2 penalties, scored by Ollie Norburn and Curtis Main respectively.
Will Grigg brought MK Dons back into the contest shortly after Shrewsbury’s third goal, but a second for Goss shortly before the hour ended hopes of a comeback. Charlie Brown’s late strike ended up being merely an MK consolation.
The Dons had won their previous 3 games as part of a sequence of five unbeaten before their Tuesday night visit to Shrewsbury, against a side currently being temporarily managed by ex-Dons forward Aaron Wilbraham while the club’s boss Steve Cotterill recovers from coronavirus.
But Wilbraham’s side would sweep clear at the start. After four minutes, Donald Love picked out Goss to put the home side in front.
Very quickly after that, it was 2-0, as a coming together between Ben Gladwin and Harry Chapman was ruled as a Shrewsbury penalty, and Norburn buried it past Andy Fisher.
Ten minutes after that, the Dons’ miserable opening to the game got worse, as Harry Darling was penalised for handball, and Main scored from the spot.
MK Dons would have a goal back before the opening half hour of the game was out, when Grigg met Ethan Laird’s cross and turned the ball home.
Matija Sarkic in the Shrewsbury goal then denied Cameron Jerome minutes after the Dons’ goal, though they would struggle to get going in the remainder of the first half, which soon lost some of its early energy.
The game’s fifth goal would be crucial in deciding the fate of the contest, and it would fall for the home side. Matt O’Riley lost possession on the edge of his own box, and from there, Josh Vela’s cross picked out Goss to tap in a second.
Brown would grab a late consolation for the Dons when he turned in Andrew Surman’s cross moments after a try by Darling had been blocked, but while the Dons would have a few chances late on, the Dons had ultimately left themselves too big a mountain to climb as they slip out of the top half of the table.