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Stadium:MK (ATT 8,919) 10th October 2009 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: D Sheldrake

MK Dons Milton Keynes Dons vs Walsall Walsall

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J Easter (32)

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Easter strike downs Saddlers

Third straight win for Paul Ince's side

Last Updated: 10/10/09 6:21pm

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Easter: Only goal

Easter: Only goal

Jermaine Easter scored his ninth goal of the season to secure a 1-0 win for MK Dons against Walsall.

The 27-year-old striker tapped in on-loan Blackburn winger Aaron Doran's cross just after the half-hour mark to bag a hard-fought third straight victory for Paul Ince's men.

Darren Byfield ran the Dons defence ragged in the early stages but he blazed well wide from the edge of the box and then saw a 22-yard strike saved by Willy Gueret.

But Dons began to settle into their stride - despite losing defenders Dean Lewington and David McCracken to injury after innocuous-looking challenges - and Easter put them ahead in the 32nd minute.

Teenager Doran skinned full-back Jamie Vincent on the right and crossed low for the unmarked Easter to easily tuck the ball home from two yards.

Byfield should have equalised five minutes later when he was denied one-on-one by Gueret and the luckless striker saw his angled 10-yard chip hit the crossbar in the 73rd minute after he had raced onto Matt Richards' defence-splitting pass.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 14 32
2 Peterborough United 14 26
3 Preston North End 12 25
4 Milton Keynes Dons 12 23
5 Notts County 13 23
6 Sheffield United 13 23
7 Swindon Town 12 22
8 Oldham Athletic 14 22
9 Rochdale 13 20
10 Chesterfield 13 19
11 Fleetwood Town 14 19
12 Bradford City 14 19
13 Crawley Town 14 17
14 Colchester United 14 16
15 Leyton Orient 13 15
16 Barnsley 13 15
17 Doncaster Rovers 12 14
18 Port Vale 14 13
19 Gillingham 14 13
20 Coventry City 14 13
21 Yeovil Town 14 13
22 Crewe Alexandra 14 13
23 Walsall 14 12
24 Scunthorpe United 14 12

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