DAZZLING DONS GRAB TOP SPOT
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.”
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