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MATCH REPORT: Milton Keynes Dons 2-0 Sheffield Wednesday FT

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MILTON Keynes made history tonight in their FA Cup third-round replay triumph against Sheffield Wednesday.

The League One side had never beaten Sheffield Wednesday after seven previous meetings, drawing five and losing two.

The pair were pitted together this evening after battling out a goalless draw in the original tie at Hillsborough.

MK felt they were unlucky not to have shaded the first game.

But they went one better tonight.

Wednesday had made seven changes for the replay.

And they had to make another after just 12 minutes as Danny Mayor came on in place of Jermaine Johnson, who is thought to have a hamstring problem.

The bad news continued for Wednesday’s travelling fans on 27 minutes when Irishman Shaun Williams put MK ahead from the penalty spot, following a tug in the area from Lewis Buxton on Dean Bowditch, the scorer finding the top corner.

The Owls, who were seeing plenty of the ball, almost got straight back into it.

Danny Mayor produces a right-footer from outside the box which went just wide.

At the other end, a shot from Daniel Powell was scooped up by Stephen Bywater before the teams went in at half time.

A header from ex Owl Ryan Lowe looped over the net in the second half as Dons tried to extend their advantage.

Dave Jones put on out-and-out striker Chris O’Grady, replacing Nejc Pecnik, on 53 minutes hoping for a change in fortune.

Winger Michail Antonio came on for Kieran Lee, too, seven minutes later.

But the home side scored from another dead ball situation: Bowditch, the 26-year-old striker, netting direct from a free kick.

That was the final nail in the Owls’ coffin.

TEAMS:

MK Martin, Otsemobor, Lewington, MacKenzie, Kay, Williams, Potter, Smith, Powell, Bowditch, Lowe.

Substitutes Doumbe, Chicksen, Harley, Alli, Ismail, Rasulo.

Owls: Bywater, Buxton, Taylor, Mattock, Llera, Semedo, J Johnson, Lee, Corry, Madine, Pecnik.

Substitutes Davies, D Jones, Antonio, Mayor, Coke, O’Grady, Sidibe.

Ref: Collins

*Read Paul Thompson’s analysis in Wednesday’s Star.

*Is there a positive side to an FA Cup exit? Can Wednesday really concentrate on League survival better, now? Let us know your thoughts!

 

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