REPORT | MK Dons 0-3 Southend UnitedA terrific display from Southend United saw them defeat MK Dons 3-0 at Stadium MK in Sky Bet League One.
The Blues were straight out of the traps, going a goal up inside the opening two minutes as Simon Cox fired them infront.
After dominating early proceedings, Blues doubled their advantage on 24 minutes as Anthony Wordsworth struck with a low effort into the corner.
And the midfield man in-form struck again in the dying minutes with a beautifully crafted free kick to hand the Blues the points.
Phil Brown named an unchanged starting XI and squad for the trip to Stadium MK for the third game in a row, and the in-form side didn't take long to grab the lead as Cox lashed home inside two minutes!
A corner was swung in by Anthony Wordsworth which Dons failed to clear, it fell to Cox in the box who rifled it into the bottom-right corner to give his team a dream start!
The hosts responded and skipper Anton Ferdinand had to be on hand to block a Daniel Powell shot out for a corner. From the resulting set piece, Mark Oxley produce a brilliant double save, first from a Joe Walsh header and then from a Potter volley - Brilliant stuff from the Blues keeper just short of the quarter-hour mark!
Ten minutes later, what was a good start good a whole lot better as Southend made it two goals to the good as that man again, Wordsworth added his fourth goal of the season on 24 minutes!
Cox played the ball forward into the box, which Atkinson dummied into the path of Wordsworth who struck it low and hard into the far-right corner to send the Blues faithful into ecstasy!
On 32 minutes, Southend, dominating proceedings, nearly made it three with a spectacular after Ryan Leonard tried his luck from 30-yards. David Martin was there to take a sting to the palms with a good save as the ball seemed destined for the top corner.
Dean Bowditch should have really put his side back in it on 37 minutes as Ben Reeves played him in. With only Oxley to beat the striker fired wide with the outside of his right boot.
That was the last real chance of the half as Blues put in a magnificent shift in all areas of the pitch in the first 45.
Half Time: MK Dons 0-2 Southend United
MK Dons were given a free kick on the edge of the Blues box inside the opening two minutes of the second period as Ben Coker pulled back Powell. Reeves whipped in a decent delivery from the right but the ball evaded everyone and went out for a goal kick.
Back up the other end, Atkinson had the chance to put the game to bed as Cox laid it into his path inside the box on the left, as Atkinson looked to slot into the near corner, Martin got down well to his left to deny him.
Blues were nearly made to pay for that missed chance on 52 minutes as Reeves picked up George B Williams' throw from the left, cut in and looked to curl into the far corner, but Oxley sprung across to save.
MK Dons began to make a real go of it and on 55 minutes, Carruthers put in a dangerous low ball begging to be slotted home - thankfully no one did.
From that move, Blues countered as Stephen McLaughlin was sent racing through from just inside the Dons half, The winger was bearing down on goal and went for the strike which was blocked by B Williams who raced back superbly to deny the visitors a third on the break.
The chances get coming for Blues, this time a Demetriou cross to the near post from the right was flicked on by Atkinson to the back where McLaughlin was a second late arriving and the ball sneaked out of play on 66 minutes.
Back came MK Dons as Carruthers cut on to his left to test Oxley from 20-yards. The Blues stopper spilled but then gathered at the second attempt to keep Blues two goal advantage intact.
Bowditch was next to shoot from range with just over 15 minutes remaining, zipping just over the bar and giving the Blues time to regroup as the home side looked to crank up the pressure.
On 77 minutes, Blues made their first switch as Nile Ranger, after giving another 10/10 target man performance, was replaced by Marc-Antoine Fortune.
Jermaine McGlashan was next to come on for Blues a few minutes later, replacing goalscorer Cox as Brown lookeed to injeect some pace into the counter-attack.
on 88 minutes, Fortune almost capitalised on some sloppy defending at the back as he picked the pocket of Martin out of his area and the keeper had to resort to fouling the striker. Up stepped Wordsworth, who else, to create a piece of magic from the free kick to send everyone of a Blues persuassion home smiling as it sailed into the top corner.
Just one defeat for Blues in October as the season looks to have taken lift off!
Southend XI | Oxley, Demetriou, Ferdinand (c), Thompson, Coker, Atkinson, Leonard, Wordsworth, McLaughlin, Cox, Ranger.
SUBS | Smith, White, Mooney, Fortune, King, McGlashan, Inniss.
MK DONS XI | Martin, Walsh, Carruthers, Potter (c), Bowditch, Reeves, Williams, Hendry, Powell, DOwning, Colclough.
SUBS | Nicholls, Upson, Williams, Tilney, Tshimanga, Maynard, Thomas-Asante.
ATTENDANCE | 11,039