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1 October 2012

See how the press reported our 1-0 defeat

The  Sentinel

CREWE boss Steve Davis lamented his misfiring strikers after a number of wasted second-half chances allowed MK Dons to extend their unbeaten League One run to four matches.

The Alex were a goal down in the eighth minute as Dons striker Charlie MacDonald pounced on a mistake from Mark Ellis to crash home what proved to be the winner. Crewe were second best in the first half, but the tide turned after the break and Max Clayton and Ajay Leitch-Smith peppered the Dons goal... but couldn't find a way past David Martin.

Leitch-Smith missed four chances, one hitting the post, and Davis didn't have to think hard as to where the game was lost.

"I've been frustrated for the last four or five games because of the way the games have finished up for us with the missed opportunities," said Davis.

"We could have gone 2-1 up, we had two one-on-ones and Max Clayton had chances, so that's what changes games – it's all about finishing off those opportunities.

Milton Keynes Citizen

IT WASN’T a classic, but Charlie MacDonald’s first half strike was enough for Dons to pick up three points against Crewe, winning 1-0 at stadium:mk.

It should have been all over at half time, but Dons simply didn’t create anything. Charlie MacDonald turned in Dean Bowditch’s eighth minute drive across goal, but for all they looked comfortable against a lacklustre and seemingly uninterested Crewe side, Karl Robinson’s men barely made keeper Alan Martin work for his money.

The second half could have been an altogether different story as Ajay Leitch-Smith twice wasted one-on-ones with Dons stopper David Martin.

Regardless of the way the match played out though, it was three points on the board.

The Sun

CHARLIE MacDONALD hit the winner to leave Crewe cursing their second-half finishing.

Alex, outplayed in the first half, wasted a hatful of chances after the break.

MK manager Karl Robinson’s verdict was: “The first half Brazil, the second half Bridlington. We started sloppy after the break and they really pushed us.”

Dons went ahead on eight minutes as Dean Bowditch’s low cross was flicked in by MacDonald.

Crewe had numerous chances to level, with Max Clayton firing a shot wide and Ajay Leitch-Smith hitting a post and wasting a one-on-one with Dons keeper David Martin.

Alex boss Steve Davis said: “We are extremely disappointed. We didn’t get what our second-half performance deserved.”

Crewe Chronicle

CREWE Alex paid the price for missed chances as they slipped to their first defeat in six at MK Dons on Saturday.

After a lacklustre first-half they had the better of the second and should have taken some reward.

But profligacy in front of goal, most notably from AJ Leitch-Smith, ensured they returned to South Cheshire empty-handed.

He went clean through twice on the keeper. The first time his touch got away from him and he stretched to prod against the post.

Then he smacked the ball against the legs of keeper David Martin when he could have rounded him or passed to Max Clayton on his left.

It will be a disappointment to boss Steve Davis who will surely feel they should have taken something from the game.




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