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“How­ever I'm fum­ing about the penalty I don’t know why he’s given that, Antony Kay has clearly got the ball.

“It was a re­ally in­ter­est­ing game and we've got the three points again which takes us even closer to those play-off places. The see-saw swings back in our favour.”

The Dons started on top as Dean Lew­ing­ton’s dip­ping free-kick fell just the wrong side of Joe Mur­phy’s right­hand post.

Coven­try slowly grew into the game and Jordan Spence hacked the ball off the line af­ter Nathan Ec­cle­ston fired goal­wards.

But Alli’s mo­ment of magic came in the 39th minute, thump­ing past a fullystretched Mur­phy.

Baker drilled Coven­try back on to level terms af­ter the break but two sub­sti­tutes com­bined for the Dons’ win­ner, McLeod tuck­ing away a deft lob fol­low­ing Gior­gio Ra­sulo’s pin­point pass.

And with 20 min­utes to go, Martin dived to his right to beat out Baker’s spot kick and Coven­try’s last threat – but Sky Blues man­ager Steven Press­ley in­sists the Dons were there for tak­ing.

“I thought in the sec­ond half, we played re­ally well,” he said. “We cre­ated a lot of good op­por­tu­ni­ties in the sec­ond half, and the penalty miss at a cru­cial time had a big bear­ing on the game.

“We pres­surised them

the re­ally high, and we worked to­wards the tran­si­tion of the game, but prob­a­bly what let us down was the fi­nal pass.

“I gen­uinely be­lieve that with the ex­cep­tion of one mo­ment they had caused us no prob­lems in the sec­ond half and that’s an ex­tremely dis­ap­point­ing as­pect of the game.”


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