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BLAST FROM THE PAST: MK DONS

7 January 2017

Look back at two past encounters between the sides.


In September 2010, Brighton & Hove Albion won against MK Dons for the first time in a league match when Kazenga LuaLua’s blockbusting freekick from 25 yards was spilled by keeper David Martin.

In the second half, Glenn Murray sealed the three points for Gus Poyet’s side, when he headed LuaLua’s precise cross to double the lead. The result took the Seagulls to seventh place in League One. By the time of the return fixture, in February 2011, Albion had hit top spot. However, they went down narrowly, 1-0 courtesy of a Daniel Powell goal, which maintained MK Dons’ play-off hopes.

In the end, Karl Robinson’s side finished fifth but lost 4-3 on aggregate to Peterborough in a play-off semi-final. For the Seagulls, the season ended on a high as the club finished as League One champions in the final season at Withdean Stadium.

 

2010/11  season’s highs and lows

August: Matt Sparrow’s double on his debut at Swindon gets the Seagulls off to a flying start in a 2-1 opening day win over Danny Wilson’s Robins. Another former Seagull suffers defeat when Chris Hutchings’s Walsall side lose 2-1 at Withdean, with Marcos Painter scoring the first goal of his career.

September: In the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, the Albion exit after a 2-0 home defeat to Leyton Orient, with ex-Seagull Dean Cox on the scoresheet. The visiting manager was Russell Slade. Better news follows when Fran Sandaza scores Brighton’s winner over Oldham in the fifth minute of injury time, to ecstatic scenes.

October: LuaLua’s free-kick thunderbolt looked to have won the game against Bournemouth, but a disputed Marc Pugh penalty drew the Cherries level. On the road, the Seagulls blitz Charlton 4-0 and Peterborough 3-0 to pull eight points clear at the top.

November: Brighton edge past Woking in the FA Cup after a replay and penalties, but win decisively 3-0 on spot-kicks. A highly-creditable draw at promotion rivals Southampton caps a month where the Seagulls fail to win a league game.

December: The Seagulls win 4-0 at FC United in an FA Cup replay. After Inigo Calderon’s sending off, the team show true grit to draw with Charlton in a fourth successive home draw.

January: After some indifferent form and results, the Seagulls win 5-0 against Leyton Orient on New Year’s Day thanks to Glenn Murray’s hat-trick. They also turn on the style to defeat Portsmouth 3-1 in the FA Cup and fellow promotion rivals Peterborough 3-1 in the league.

February: Future Albion winger Will Hoskins scores two wonderful goals, but it is not enough as the Seagulls win 4-2 away at Bristol Rovers. However, the Seagulls crash out of the FA Cup, losing 3-0 at Stoke City.

March: Brighton win eight league matches out of eight to pull 13 points ahead of second-placed Huddersfield. This sequence includes an astonishingly topsy-turvy 4-3 win over Carlisle, with Liam Bridcutt’s last-gasp winner.

April: In another dramatic match, Brighton clinch promotion thanks to a 4-3 victory over Dagenham and Redbridge, with the visitors twice gaining the lead. The last two games at Withdean are lost to Southampton and Huddersfield, but the championship is safely in the bag.

May: Yaser Kasim makes his debut, as Brighton finish the season with a 1-1 draw at Notts County.

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