MK Dons 1 Leeds United 2: YEP jury verdict

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Leeds United got back to winning ways with a spirited 2-1 win at MK Dons but it was not without a few scares on the way.

Uwe Rosler replaced Berardi, Antenucci and Adeyemi. They all dropped to the bench with Wootton, Byram and Mowatt coming into the starting 11 and gave Jordan Botaka his first place amongst the Leeds United substitutes.

Charlie Taylor

Charlie Taylor

MK started well and it was only for the under-fire goalkeeper Marco Silvestri who kept the home side out with a couple of good saves and the aid of the woodwork.

Leeds, though, gradually got into the game and sent the 6,000 or so fans who travelled with them into raptures with two goals in the final 15 minutes of the first half.

First Charlie Taylor was brought down in the MK Dons penalty box and Chris Wood despatched the penalty, then, with minutes of the half remaining, Taylor scored himself. When he found himself in the opposition penalty area he finished superbly. Two nil at the break.

With the home side behind they tried desperately to get back into the game, but Leeds defended desperately and Silvestri again thwarted the home side with the help of the woodwork.

MK Dons did get a goal, when Church netted from just inside the Leeds six-yard area. Unfortunately for them, soon afterwards Carruthers was shown a red card for a challenge on Stuart Dallas. Wood nearly increased Leeds’ lead but was just wide with his effort on goal.

Although MK Dons were a man short, the home side pressed Leeds back and only Silvestri and a goal line clearance stopped them equalising. Cook so nearly made it three when he broke free and only a defender’s block stopped him scoring with their goalkeeper up-field.

After Tuesday’s inept performance this was a much needed win but Leeds need to learn quickly that at 2-0 you cannot let an opposition team have so much possession. Nerves were shredded before the referee blew his whistle after nearly eight minutes of injury time.

Man of the match: Charlie Taylor.

Keith Ingham

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It was nervy, but then again when are things at Leeds United ever straightforward as Uwe Rosler’s men held on against 10 men to pick up another three points away from home.

Leeds went back to the managers preferred formation with Chris Wood spearheading the attack.

But the biggest talking point before the game was the dropping of Gaetano Berardi at right-back, with Scott Wootton coming into the team.

It would be the full-back on the other side though who would prove to be the match winner.

Charlie Taylor has been rock-solid defensively this season and on Saturday he showed the other side of his game, with two superb runs producing both goals.

The first saw him upended which allowed Chris Wood to slot home from the spot, before Taylor notched himself, capatalising on some good fortune on the way to fire across the keeper to make it 2-0.

Hearts were in mouths though as MK Dons pulled a goal back.

And Leeds enjoyed some good luck to hang on for the win that keeps them close to the top six.

Man of the match: Charlie Taylor.

Stephen Clark

Saturday was a great three points but the performance wasn’t something we should be pleased about. We couldn’t keep the ball and everything was rushed. The midfield got overrun and our main attacking threat was our left back!

Man of the match: Charlie Taylor.

James Harrison

Leeds got away with one at Milton Keynes; the home side played the better football for longer periods and amassed 26 shots and 13 corners to our 14 and three respectively.

Karl Robinson, MK Dons’ manager was also scathing of referee David Webb who sent off Carruthers in the 77th minute. All I will say is that it’s a good job we didn’t have 11 to face in those final 13 minutes; it was hard to tell we had a man advantage!

But there were positives for Leeds other than the three points; Chris Wood stepped up to erase the memory of that kick he took at Doncaster (we’re still waiting for it to return to earth) and Charlie Taylor capped another solid display with a superb goal.

Man of the match: Charlie Taylor.

David Watkins

Watching Leeds should carry a government health warning as United had 5,000 of the loyal hordes biting their fingernails down to the quick!

The home side were there for the taking but United sat back and invited on the pressure.

Man of the match: Charlie Taylor.

Gary Newbold

An away win is an away win but this was as uninspiring as it gets with Milton Keynes peppering the United goal and dominating most of the first half.

Charlie Taylor had to take matters into his own hands from left-back and two drives into the box resulted in two goals. That meant taking a somewhat undeserved 2-0 lead into a half-time that saw pandemonium in the concourses of the way end.

The high spirits in the bar was the last excitement of a tough watch as the home side dominated play even, latterly, with 10 men. United will need a huge improvement at Middlesbrough if they want another three points away from home.

Man of the match: Charlie Taylor.

Matthew Evans

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