Match Report: Burnley 2-1 MK Dons

Burnley secured a fourth straight league win with a convincing 2-1 win over MK Dons at Turf Moor.

After a string of first half chances Sam Vokes handed the Clarets the lead on 32 minutes before the Dons levelled against the run of play on the stroke of half time through Carl Baker.

But George Boyd’s exquisite volley secured all three points in a second half dominated by the Clarets to propel Burnley to third in the table as their excellent form continues.

Sean Dyche opted to leave a winning side unchanged after Saturday’s win over Sheffield Wednesday with Andre Gray partnering Vokes up front.

And after a slow start from both sides the duo linked well when Gray showcased his pace to latch onto Vokes’ through ball, but the summer signing from Brentford could not beat Dons ‘keeper David Martin with a tame one-on-one effort.

With MK Dons scrappy in their limited possession, Burnley grew into the game as Tendayi Darikwa enjoyed success down the right flank.

On 28 minutes the summer signing from Chesterfield reached the byline and delivered a testing cross, forcing Martin to tip over the bar.

From David Jones’ subsequent corner Michael Keane was left unmarked but the defender, with three goals to his name already this season, saw his bullet header fire just over the crossbar.

Sean Dyche’s side began to dominate the game and only minutes later Gray was in one-on-one again when he latched onto a long ball forward from Ben Mee, but the ex-Luton Town marksman saw the visiting ‘keeper block his low effort.

On 32 minutes Vokes went one better when he picked up a loose ball to turn on a sixpence and unleash a fearsome drive from 20 yards which sailed beyond the reach of Martin into the top corner.

Burnley 1-0 MK Dons (Sam Vokes, 32 minutes)

After going behind, the visitors struggled to find a foothold in the game but on the stroke of half time midfielder Samir Carruthers reached the right byline and delivered an inviting cross to the back post for Carl Baker to head home, despite Tom Heaton getting a glove to the low effort.

Burnley 1-1 MK Dons (Carl Baker, 45 minutes)

Burnley responded excellently after the interval and on 49 minutes when Gray picked up the ball after running in behind and George Boyd met the forward’s floated delivery with a delightful volley which nestled in the bottom corner for his first goal of the season.

Burnley 2-1 MK Dons (George Boyd, 49 minutes)

And Gray was involved again moments later with a burst of pace infield from the right hand side. A queue of claret and blue shirts queued up in the area, but the forward saw his shot ripple the side netting.

Dons forward Simon Church lacked service from a midfield including former Claret Dean Bowditch as Karl Robinson’s side were limited to hopeful shots from distance, with Carruthers blasting over from 30 yards.

Burnley remained on top as a dominant Keane won the ball excellently in midfield for Jones to float a ball in to the back post, but the delivery was slightly too high for Gray whose stretched header went wide.

Jones’ left foot was a regular threat and Vokes met the former Wigan midfielder’s corner from the left unmarked, only for his deflected effort ricocheted narrowly over the bar.

Matty Taylor replaced Michael Kightly late on and was immanently involved with a right footed drive from the edge of the box, but his effort rebounded off Kyle McFadzean for a corner.

And the Clarets held on to the lead despite a nervy five minutes of added time which saw the Dons throwing caution to the wind, to earn a fourth straight victory.

1 Tom Heaton ©; 27 Tendayi Darikwa, 4 Ben Mee, 5 Michael Keane, 6 Ben Mee; 21 George Boyd, 14 David Jones, 37 Scott Arfield, 11 Michael Kightly (15 Matthew Taylor, 85’; 9 Sam Vokes (18 Rouwen Hennings, 75’), 7 Andre Gray (24 Chris Long, 78’).
Subs: 22 Matt Gilks, 23 Stephen Ward, 2 Matt Lowton, , , 34 Tom Anderson.

MK Dons:
1 David Martin; 12 Jordan Spence, 5 Kyle McFadzean, 6 Anthony Kay, 3 Dean Lewington ©; 14 Samir Carruthers, 39 Diego Poyet; 38 Rob Hall (31 Josh Murphy, 68’), 9 Dean Bowditch (17 Daniel Powell, 80’), 7 Carl Baker (13 Sam Gallagher, 74’); 11 Simon Church.
Subs: 2 Lee Hodson, 4 Matt Upson, 18 Sergio Aguza, 29 Charlie Burns.

Attendance: 15,845 (166 away)

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