Fraser's penalty earns Dons a huge win over Hull
Scott Fraser's penalty 10 minutes from time saw Dons claim a stunning win over promotion-chasing Hull City at the KCOM Stadium.
In a thrilling end-to-end scrap, a Hull hand was deemed to stop Matt O'Riley's effort from the edge of the penalty area, and Fraser sent Matt Ingram the wrong way to secure Dons' third win in four matches to move them up to 13th in the table.
By no means was it an unlikely win though, with the visitors more than a match for Hull in an end-to-end battle from the opening whistle.
After their emphatic second half display saw Dons thump Rochdale 4-1 in the week, Russell Martin was set to name an unchanged side but for illness to Cameron Jerome – not Covid-related – to rule him out of the game against Hull. In his place came Joe Mason, with Ben Gladwin returning to the bench after injury.
Despite the difference in league position – Hull's second to Dons' 14th at kick-off – there was little to tell between the sides in a hugely entertaining opening 45 minutes. Playing at a rapid rate, the game flowed from end-to-end, with chances for both to take the lead.
Hull edged the better of those chances, with Mallik Wilks coming close with an audacious effort from the halfway line after a poorly judged clearance from Andrew Fisher, though the keeper did brilliantly to deny Keane Lewis-Potter when he beat the offside trap.
At the other end, Zak Jules stung the palms of keeper Matt Ingram before the Hull man made a fine acrobatic save to keep out Will Grigg after being picked out by Scott Fraser.
It would be a similar affair into the second half too. Hull looked a constant threat as they flowed forwards, but they were matched by Dons' back three, who threw themselves in front of everything.
At the other end, Grigg and Mason had to be patient to see the ball as O'Riley and Fraser did a lot of the grunt work in the centre of the park.
Fisher was called into action to tip over Greg Docherty's fierce strike from the edge of the box, while Ingram again dealt comfortably with a Jules effort from the left flank.
With a goal-less draw looking the most likely outcome, a rogue Hull hand 10 minutes from time was adjudged to stop O'Riley's effort from 20 yards, and afforded referee Declan Bourne to award a spot kick for the visitors, which Fraser duly dispatched to give Dons the lead.
Hull had two glorious chances to draw level late on though, but neither Jacob Greaves nor Josh Magennis – who bagged a brace at Stadium MK when the sides met – could direct their headers on target as Dons clung on to claim the win.
Referee: Declan Bourne
Hull City: Ingram, Coyle, Elder, Burke, Wilks, Honeyman, Lewis-Potter, Crowley (Chadwick 65), Greaves, Magennis, Docherty
Subs not used: Long, Scott, Emmanuel, Flores, McLoughlin, Slater, Chadwick
MK Dons: Fisher, Lewington, Darling, O'Hora, Laird (Harvie 80), Jules (Sorinola 66), Surman, O'Riley, Fraser, Mason (Gladwin 80), Grigg
Subs not used: Nicholls, Brown, Sorensen, Freeman