MK Dons 0 Carlisle United 1

It is now just one defeat in seven games for Carlisle boss Graham Kavanagh as his side made light of the MK Dons’ unbeaten home record with a smash-and-grab performance which earned them a deserved three points

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It is now just one defeat in seven games for Carlisle boss Graham Kavanagh as his side made light of the MK Dons’ unbeaten home record with a smash-and-grab performance which earned them a deserved three points.

Discipline and shape were the buzzwords to come out of yet another impressive Carlisle performance and they could have made the win even more comfortable had they only finished off one of their many second-half chances.

The hosts settled into a neat passing style of play and an incisive through ball from Carruthers allowed Reeves to spin his man and cross low. Powell got there but he stabbed his effort wide.

The lively Ben Reeves found another accurate delivery as he raced clear on the right flank and Powell held his ground as he watched the ball come in.

A guided volley had Gillespie beaten but it shaved the post.

The home side pressed forward in numbers and tenacious tackling from Banton opened an unexpected path to the edge of the area. Darren Potter pulled the trigger but the ball curled away from the target.

Having weathered the early storm Carlisle almost committed defensive suicide midway through the first half when keeper Mark Gillespie lost his footing as he raced to meet a firm back pass from Chimbonda. His hurried clearance left Samir Carruthers with an open goal to aim at but he couldn’t find the target with his 30-yard volley.

Carruthers was next to waste the good build up play which had gone before when he twisted and turned in possession in the Carlisle half. He had options and he wished he’d used them when his poor shot ballooned over the bar.

The Cumbrians started to play their football and a dangerous run from Robson brought half a sight of goal for Amoo as he pulled clear at the back stick. He lobbed a pass back into the danger area but Flanagan dived to clear it before Potts could pounce.

The visitors passed their way into a lead they were not to lose on 34 minutes when former Don Lewis Guy started and finished a wonderful move, thundering the ball into the roof of the net after David Amoo’s attempted scissor-kick fell perfectly for him – a goal which even had the home fans applauding.

MK DONS: McLoughlin, Otsemobor, Lewington, Flanagan, Hodson (Baldock 53), Potter, Reeves, Bamford, Powell, Banton (McLeod 53), Carruthers (Chadwick 53). Subs not used: Burns, Smith, Galloway, Rasulo. Booked: Potter 65.

CARLISLE UNITED: Gillespie, McSweeney (Livesey 54), Chimbonda, O’Hanlon, Townsend, Thirlwell, Noble, Potts (Miller 84), Amoo, Guy (Symington 63), Robson. Subs not used: Fleming, Gillies, Beck, Eccleston. Goal: Guy 34. Booked: Thirlwell 45.

Att: 6,655. Ref: Andy D’Urso.

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