Result: Barnsley 3 MK Dons 5

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The Reds came crashing down to earth with a huge bump as their five-game unbeaten run was ended in devastating fashion by MK Dons.

THE Reds came crashing down to earth with a huge bump as their five-game unbeaten run was ended in devastating fashion by MK Dons.

Barnsley's ''Connor Hourihane slides in to dispossess Samir Carruthers

Barnsley's ''Connor Hourihane slides in to dispossess Samir Carruthers

Karl Robinson’s high-fliers were unstoppable once they had taken the lead just beyond the half-hour mark.

At 5-0 down, Conor Hourihane smashed in two late consolation goals, both from distance, but by then it was far too late. It was still too late when Devante Cole grabbed the Reds’ third to make it 5-3 in stoppage-time.

The Reds had been facing an uphill battle since seconds before half-time, when Samir Carruthers slammed home from 12 yards to fired the Dons 2-0 up.

Arsenal loan man Benik Afobe had earlier opened the scoring with his sixth goal of the season.

The second half got off to a dismal start as the Dons stormed three clear when Carruthers played in Dele Alli, and the young midfielder clipped a beautiful finish up and over the advancing Adam Davies.

As the Reds finally rallied as the game entered the final half-hour, Conor Hourihane saw a shot blocked following neat approach play from sub Devante Cole.

Reece Brown also went close as he slid in to meet Hourihane’s free-kick to the far post.

However, two Dons substitutes then got on the scoresheet to make it 5-0 before the 80-minute mark was up.

Will Grigg slammed home and then Ben Reeves side-footed past a flat-footed Davies.

That was before Hourihane at least gave the few remaining Reds fans something to cheer, as they did when Cole made it 5-3 in stoppage-time.

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