MK Dons are out of the Carabao Cup after a 5-0 defeat by Championship side Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium.
In a game played in the aftermath of MK Dons confirming they’d received an approach from Swansea for manager Russell Martin, the Dons were thumped in the second half by Scott Parker’s Cherries.
The game had been 1-0 at half-time after David Brooks put the home side in front. But things then fell away from the Dons in the second half, as Dominic Solanke, Phillip Billing, Christian Saydee and a second for Brooks saw Bournemouth get a thumping win to book their place in the next round.
It means a second consecutive First Round exit from the Carabao Cup for the Dons, who were beaten by Coventry City in the first round last season.
The Dons named five debutants in their first starting line-up of the new season, with their best early chance seeing Scott Twine denied by Mark Travers.
Brooks had two decent chances in the first half an hour, with once saved by debutant Dons goalkeeper Franco Ravizzoli and another go wide when in front of goal.
But the Welsh attacking midfielder would grab a goal with his third attempt, as his volley beat Ravizzoli and found the back of the net.
Tennai Watson did have a shot blocked by Travers just after, but although MK Dons made it to half-time only 1-0 down, the challenge was made more difficult when Bournemouth scored a second less than two minutes into the second half.
The scorer of that goal would be Solanke, as the former Liverpool striker collected Adam Smith’s cross, turned and scored.
While MK Dons did have some set-piece chances, Bournemouth largely dominated thereafter and would rack up the score with 3 goals in 11 minutes.
A defensive mistake allowed Billing to collect the ball, advance and beat Ravizzoli for 3-0.
Moments after that, Bournemouth grabbed their fourth goal as substitute Saydee grabbed his first professional goal after turning in Junior Stanislas’ cross.
MK Dons’ miserable day was then concluded after Brooks turned in Saydee’s cross.
It added up to an unhappy first day in the new season for MK Dons, whose EFL season begins when they travel to Bolton next Saturday.