DAZ­ZLING DONS GRAB TOP SPOT

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Matthew Dale

MK DONS man­ager Paul Tis­dale is re­fus­ing to get car­ried away just yet de­spite see­ing his side move to the top of the ta­ble af­ter sink­ing Macclesfield.

Tis­dale’s men took full ad­van­tage of Lin­coln City’s post­poned game against Yeovil as Chuks Aneke and Kieran Agard scored the all-im­por­tant goals.

Base­ment boys Macclesfield are now seven points off safety af­ter their fourth straight league de­feat – and rarely looked like col­lect­ing any­thing against MK Dons.

Tis­dale beamed: “I’m re­ally pleased with the win. We knew it was go­ing to be tough, so we’re de­lighted.

“It’s al­ways tough when you come up against a team with real pur­pose like Macclesfield.

“We’re pleased to put this one to bed and come away with three vi­tal points.

“We pre­dicted it would come down to the sec­ond half. It was im­por­tant we didn’t panic. We’re only in Novem­ber so we have to re­sist the temp­ta­tion to get car­ried away.

“All this means is three points – our league po­si­tion means noth­ing. We march on to the next game and three points there.”

The hosts had two goals dis­al­lowed in a goal­less first half at Sta­dium MK, while Kieran O’Hara made some fine saves to frus­trate the hosts.

Chuks Aneke was well kept out by O’Hara early af­ter a well worked team move.

Agard had the ball in the net be­fore the lines­man cut short his cel­e­bra­tions. For­ward Agard’s vol­ley was saved by O’Hara as the Dons con­tin­ued to push for an opener.

Just be­fore the break, Jor­dan Moore-Tay­lor headed home, but Agard was ad­judged to have felled keeper O’Hara.

Eight min­utes af­ter the restart the hosts got their re­ward as Aneke reached dou­ble fig­ures for the sea­son with a curl­ing fin­ish.

Agard al­most dou­bled the ad­van­tage min­utes later with O’Hara keep­ing out his back heel.

But the po­tent front­man fi­nally got on the score­sheet in the 66th minute as he latched onto Alex Gil­bey’s through ball be­fore fin­ish­ing well un­der pres­sure. Macclesfield’s Danny Whi­taker said: “We held firm in the first half and we can take pos­i­tives from that. “We have to try and turn our run around. I think we’re get­ting there. The per­for­mances are im­prov­ing we just need to change that into points. “Kieran made some fan­tas­tic saves and he’s a real as­set to have on loan. “We need to keep work­ing hard. That’s all you can do. There’s no magic for­mula. “We have to put this re­sult be­hind us and try to get back to win­ning ways. “Hope­fully once we do that we can build mo­men­tum and get on a run.”

PIC­TURE: PA Im­ages

DUEL: MK Dons’ Rhys Healy and Macclesfield’s Jared Hogkiss bat­tle for the ball STAR MAN CHUKS ANEKE MK DOns SHUCKS IT’S CHUKS: MK Dons’ Chuks Aneke, sec­ond right, cel­e­brates scor­ing his side’s first goal

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