MK Dons 3 Daggers 1 FULL TIME

Daggers are out of the JPT after a 3-1 defeat to MK Dons on Tuesday night

FULL TIME Well, that was always going to be an uphill struggle for Daggers after those two early second half goals.

Dons were good value for their win, but Daggers put up a good fight in the first half, and will still go to Cheltenham in good heart.

GOALFLASH: Scott nabs a late goal, heading in from close range after Arber headed a Monty corner back into the danger zone.

Looked like an own goal from where Im sitting, but the announcer has given it to Scott, so who am I to argue?


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Four minutes of injury time added on - I would guess the Daggers players might have hoped for less than that!

Attendance is 4,413 by the way, and Id say there is a smattering of abougt 100 visiting supporters here.

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80MINS: Theres no way back for Dagger here, though Antwi did hit the post with a volley and Thomas had good header well saved by Gueret.

Daggers have never scored against their opponents before, and it must be said, that probably won't be changing tonight.

Scott on for Nurse here, while Leven and Gleeson enter the fray, replacing Easter and Carrington.

70MINS: Somehow its not 4-0 here, as Ibehre misses from a matter of yards, and gets clobbered by Roberts in the process.

Although not as bad as Benno at the weekend, that was still some miss.

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GOALFLASH: MK Dons 3 Daggers 0 Thats the game definitely now, and its another error from Roberts, as Easter shoots from distance, and it squirms through the keeper at his near post into the bottom corner.

A game to forget for the usually excellent Roberts it must be said.

60MINS: That looks like game over now, which is a shame as Daggers had defended with real purpose in the opening half.

A few minutes of poor concentration at the back has cost them, and you wouldnt think MK will let this slip now.

In all that, Green has come on for Benson.

GOALFLASH: MK Dons 2 Daggers 0Oh dear.

Another terrible piece of defending makes it 2-0 as a corner was swung in and the header was pushed back across goal by Roberts, allowing Easter to smash home.

Not a good few minutes for the veteran Welshman.

GOALFLASH: MK Dons 1 Daggers 0Its 1-0 to the hosts here, as Lewington nods home from a Partridge cross.

Have to say though, that goal was all Daggers doing, as Roberts had a chance to clear, but kept the ball in play, forcing Griffiths to concede a corner.

He then made a weak punch, and from the ball back in, Lewington pounced.

The birthday greetings have just flashed up on the big screen, Robert Robertson is celebrating today - a fine choice of name.

50MINS: Good start by the Daggers here as Thomas is put clear and slides a low shot that Gueret does well to palm clear, before Davis almost puts the rebound in his own net.

Prior to that, Ibehre put a shot over as the hosts look to make their first half dominance count.

Hilarity here, as the cheerleaders have obviously got the wrong music on, so they have no idea what routine to do!

HALF TIME

There goes the HT whistle, a good battling display from the visitors, and they might be able to make some more of the space available in the second half.

Any thoughts on the game, email: mike.simmonds@archant.co.uk

One minute added time in the first half as Puncheon goes close with a free kick, but Roberts saves.

Its still pretty much all the home side, but give Daggers credit, they havent allowed their hosts too many sighters of Tony Roberts' posts.

Its started to hammer it down here at stadium MK now, but thankfully, the press seats are nicely tucked away under cover, with plenty of legroom too, excellent.

35MINS: No change here as the hosts continue to have all of the possession, but crucially for Daggers, they have done precious little with it in the final third.

Puncheon and Easter have both fired shots in, but nothing to worry Roberts, so if Daggers can keep this tight until the break, frustration may well begin to set in for the Dons.

25MINS: MK Dons coming good now, some lovely interchanges of passing, as Daggers struggle to keep hold of the ball at times.

Benson is doing his best out there, but the ball is starting to come back a little bit too often now.

Easter looks a handful upfront, very tricky on the ball, but Thomas is causing some problems with his pace too.

All very quiet on the emails so far - mike.simmonds@archant.co.uk

15MINS: Let off for Daggers just there as Johnson is allowed acres of time and space to come off his wing and fire a shot that just missed the target, with Roberts beaten.

At the other end, Benson forced a fine save from Gueret, after he intercepted a sloppy pass. It was a tight angle, but the striker thought he was in for another goal then.

mike.simmonds@archant.co.uk

5MINS: Good start by both sides here as Ibehre forced a diving save from Roberts, before the Daggers are enjoying some joy down both flanks.

They have beaten the Dons offside trap on more than one occasion, and Benson was inches away from reaching a cross by Monty, before the striker returned the favour, but Monty didnt get any purchase on his shot.

Still, a good start nonetheless.

Daggers Sid has already been in touch, to say: I am crying out for Still to pick his strongest side - as I think the Paint trophy thing is worth winning.

It seems he has gone with a few changes, and this wouldnt be a first team, but Im interested to see what the new boy looks like, while Thomas, Monty and Ogogo will be out to impress tonight.

Right then, the teams are out now, and remember, if you would like to get in touch, email mike.simmonds@archant.co.uk

Daggers have made four changes to the side for their clash with MK Dons tonight, with new signing Tom Kilbey thrust straight into action.

Kilbey begins in midfield, while Abu Ogogo, Graeme Montgomery and Wes Thomas all start too.

Daggers: Tony Roberts, Abu Ogogo, Scott Griffiths, Mark Arber, Will Antwi, Jon Nurse, Peter Gain, Tom Kilbey, Graeme Montgomery, Paul Benson, Wes Thomas.

Subs: Chris Lewington, Scott Doe, Danny Green, Josh Scott, Billy Bingham.

MK Dons: Willy Gueret, Dean Lewington, Mathias Doumbe, Jermaine Easter, Jemal Johnson, Mark Carrington, Danny Woodards, Jason Puncheon, Richie Partridge, Jabo Ibehre, Sol Davis.

Subs:Stephen Gleeson, Stuart Searle, Luke Howell, Peter Leven, Danny Swailes.

THE POST is running our Match Day Live service from Stadium MK for the Daggers' Johnstone's Paint Trophy with MK Dons.

Team news will be available from 6.45pm, with John Still likely to make changes for the match against the winners from two seasons ago

If you would like to get involved and send any thoughts about the game or Daggers in general, then just email mike.simmonds@archant.co.uk

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