Dons stun high-flying Wycombe to win Bucks derby

Ben Gladwin scored his first goal since March 2017 to secure MK Dons' second win in a week as they beat Wycombe 2-0 at Stadium MK.

Saturday, 1st February 2020, 5:08 pm
Updated Saturday, 1st February 2020, 5:13 pm

After a stalemate in the first half, Rhys Healey tapped home Jordan Houghton's cross with 22 minutes to go to give the home side the lead. But he, and then fellow strike partner Carlton Morris limped off within three minutes of each other, but Gladwin's 20-yard strike secured the win in style four minutes from time.

The victory sees Dons climb above AFC Wimbledon into 19th, and crucially they are nine points from the relegation zone.

Russell Martin made one change to the side which started against Rochdale, bringing in Sam Nombe for David Kasumu – the change which made all the difference to Dons in the second half on Tuesday night.

Among the Wycombe ranks was David Wheeler - the man who fired Dons into League One. And he became the pantomime villain when he made a meal of a clash with Dean Lewington, but got the Dons skipper put in the book early on.

Referee Darren Handley never really looked in control of the game, and though there were a few niggling challenges, his whistle was probably the most common thing seen in the opening 45 minutes.

Though the standards was not bad, both sides cancelled each other out at both ends of the pitch and chances were few and far between.

Dons though thought they had taken the lead in stoppage time when David Stockdale palmed Carlton Morris' shot on the turn into Sam Nombe's path, but he was deemed offside as he lashed it home.

The second half flowed more like a basketball game as both sides sensed a chance of victory. While Wycombe had the better of the early phases, Dons came back into it and were rewarded for their efforts with 22 minutes to go when Rhys Healey tapped home his eighth goal of the season from Jordan Houghton's cross.

The goal-scorer though would limp off with 10 minutes to go, holding his thigh as he went straight down the tunnel for treatment.

Dons were dealt another blow three minutes later when Morris too limped out of the game holding his hamstring.

Despite the setbacks though, Dons made sure of the points when Ben Gladwin scored his first goal since March 2017, firing past Stockdale from 20 yards to win it.

Referee: Darren Handley

Attendance: 9,699 (1,834)

MK Dons: Nicholls, Brittain, Williams, Moore-Taylor, Lewington, Houghton, Gilbey, Thompson (McGrandles 80), Nombe, Healey (Gladwin 80), Morris (Kasumu 82)

Subs not used: Fisher, Walsh, Poole, Reeves

Wycombe Wanderers: Stockdale, McCarthy, Jombati, Stewart, Jacobson, Thompson, Gape (Bloomfield 87), Freeman, Smyth (Parker 69), Wheeler, Samuel (Pattison 74)

Subs not used: Allsop, Mascoll, Phillips, Ofoborh

Booked: Lewington, Gape, Stewart