MK Dons arrived at Hillsborough with the reputation as being one of the best passing teams in League One and they began the match as advertised but in the end it was Sheffield Wednesday, and in particular striker Gary Madine, who passed the test.
Jermaine Johnson made his first appearance of the season but was replaced at half-time.
Dons were being neat and tidy in possession but it was Wednesday who took the lead.
Wednesday didn’t look as troubled as the first half and when a clearance to charged down the ball fell to Morrison in the Dons box, he squared it left to MADINE who slotted a right foot shot past Martin’s outstretched body into the right hand corner. There was nearly a chance for two on 56 minutes. Prutton’s incisive pass just eluding Palmer.
A rampaging run by Marshall down the left indirectly led to Wednesday’s second goal on 63 minutes. After the winger had been denied the resulting long throw by Bennett was cleared to Palmer on the right wing. The substitute produced a superb curling cross which MADINE powered over Martin with a diving header from six yards out in the centre of the goal.
The Dons continued to play their passing footbal AND THOUGH Wednesday looked well in control MK Dons pulled their way back into the match on 77 minutes when BALANTA weaved his way in past two tackles on the left wing and bent a left foot shot off O’Donnell’s far post.
Wednesday sealed the match on 88 minutes. Jones won the ball back and fed PALMER. The wide man sent Madine through the right hand channel before being set up 10 yards out to stroke his shot past Martin.
In the game’s final minute Ibehre was sent off for his second booking after tangling with O’Donnell.
For a full report, plus match pictures, see the Green’Un.