MK Dons 1 Derby County 3 - Charles Crook’s player ratings

CONSOLATION - Josh Murphy scored the Dons' goal in their 3-1 defeat to Derby (Picture: Jane Russell)
CONSOLATION - Josh Murphy scored the Dons' goal in their 3-1 defeat to Derby (Picture: Jane Russell)

MK Dons slumped to a sixth straight defeat in all competitions as they were beaten 3-1 by Derby County on Saturday.

Here is our man Charles Crook’s ratings of the Dons players’ performances.

David Martin – 6

Largely untroubled and did well when called into action, although could’ve done better for Bent’s goal

Jordan Spence – 7

Largely dealt well enough with Derby’s wing play and provided a strong outlet in support on the right-hand side in the first half

Antony Kay – 7

Needed a strong game after the Southampton thrashing, and provided a resolute barrier for the most part.

Kyle McFadzean – 6

Substantially better than midweek, but found Martin a tricky challenge, and unable to slow the tide in the latter stages.

Dean Lewington – 7

Better performance than managed against Southampton, and did best for the most part to contain the big money buy Ince. Also unlucky not to score.

Diego Poyet – 7

A good performance from the West Ham loanee, who again looked confident in the face of his opposition.

Jake Forster-Caskey – 7

Solid debut from the new signing, who had a hand in a lot of MK Dons’ positive moments in this encounter.

Carl Baker – 6

Quieter than he has been of late, although he did contribute solidly when required.

Ben Reeves – 6

First start in a number of weeks after recent injury trouble. Contributed neatly when required, but quieter than perhaps expected.

Josh Murphy – 7

Lively and deserved his goal. Provided a confident display in attack that gave Christie a number of problems.

Simon Church – 6

Very lively in attack and contributed enough to suggest goals will come, but ultimately unable to find one in this match.

Subs:

Nicky Maynard – 6

Quiet after coming off the bench, and unable to get the better of the two Rams centre-backs

Rob Hall – 6

Lively but unable to influence proceedings after his arrival

Dean Bowditch – 6

Very little time to contribute