HOODOO IS OVER AS BEN HITS DOU­BLE

Reeves the star as Posh pounded

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Harry Wilmin

M K Dons boss Karl Robin­son said the hurt of fail­ing to beat Peter­bor­ough since 2011 spurred them on to hu­mil­i­ate their pro­mo­tion-seek­ing ri­vals and move to within two points of top spot.

And the victory was made even sweeter thanks to de­feats for Bris­tol City and Swin­don, which sees the Dons move five points clear in the au­to­matic spots.

The game was won in the first 45 min­utes thanks to Will Grigg’s early strike af­ter just a few min­utes, but it was Ben Reeves who stole the show with two stunning goals from 25 yards just be­fore the break.

And Dons chief Robin­son in­sisted his play­ers were des­per­ate to go out and claim their first win over their ri­vals in four at­tempts.

“I was a lit­tle wor­ried about it be­cause we haven’t beaten them for a while, and I think my play­ers had a bit of anger in them be­cause of that,” he said.

“I thought the team se­lec­tion was ab­so­lutely right, and the in­ten­sity they played at was just un­playable at times.

“In some ways we prob­a­bly played bet­ter in the sec­ond half be­cause we had lots of chances to try and score even more goals.

“This is a big game for both teams. We had our stall set out early on and we knew what we wanted to do.

“My last words to the play­ers were that we needed to win this one for the fans – this is the one they want to win.

“I don’t think any play­ers in the dress­ing room have any en­ergy left af­ter that to be hon­est.

“To go 17 points clear of sev­enth is great and we’ve passed last year’s points tally al­ready.

“I’ve asked my play­ers to put the body on the line, and they’ve done that.”

The hosts were ahead in­side four min­utes af­ter some clever work from Daniel Pow­ell on the wing cre­ated space for a cross into Grigg, and the on-loan Brent­ford striker stroke home his 12th of the sea­son from close range. Posh went close to lev­el­ling af­ter 20 min­utes with a long-range ef­fort from Erhun Oz­tumer, but the cross­bar saved Ian McLough­lin’s blushes in the Dons goal.

Reeves dou­bled the Dons’ lead on the stroke of 30 min­utes with a low fizzing strike from 25 yards, which flew un­der the body of Ben Al­nwick and into the vis­i­tors’ goal.

Mid­fielder Reeves bagged his sec­ond of the af­ter­noon with an­other stunning long-range ef­fort just be­fore the break to send the Dons in cruis­ing at half-time.

Samir Carruthers was forced to head clear off the Dons’ goal-line af­ter 65 min­utes when Jon Tay­lor’s cor­ner was headed goal­wards.

Carl Baker could have ex­tended the Dons’ lead just be­fore the 90th minute af­ter Al­nwick par­ried a shot into his path, but the for­mer Coven­try mid­fielder saw his ef­fort trickle just wide.

“We’ve got all dif­fer­ent emo­tions af­ter that – the per­for­mance in the first-half I can’t de­fend,” said Peter­bor­ough boss Dar­ren Fer­gu­son.

“The goals we lost were aw­ful and it could have been even more, but some­times I have to pro­tect my play­ers in the public – but I’m strug­gling to de­fend that first 45 min­utes.

“If we had per­formed like our fans we could have come away with three points be­cause they were ab­so­lutely mag­nif­i­cent.

“We owe them an apol­ogy be­cause that’s not ac­cept­able for them and we des­per­ately want to get back to where we have been be­fore in terms of per­for­mances.

“We’re miss­ing a clin­i­cal edge and that’s per­haps the dif­fer­ence be­tween the two sides – this is the worst day we have had in games against Mil­ton Keynes.

“I think that the con­sis­tency has not been there this sea­son, but we’ll try and get enough points to try and achieve some­thing this sea­son.

“We have to take re­spon­si­bil­ity, the play­ers get looked af­ter re­ally well at this club.”

ON TAR­GET: Ge­orge Wil­liams of MK Dons gets a shot off

STAR MAN BEN REEVES MK­Dons

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