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Stadium:MK (ATT 10,013) 30th April 2011 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: S Rushton

MK Dons Milton Keynes Dons vs Notts County Notts Co

MK Dons 2

S Baldock (52)
A Balanta (60)

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Notts Co 1

L Hughes (62)

MK Dons secure play-off place

Last Updated: 30/04/11 6:33pm

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Baldock: Second-half saviour

Baldock: Second-half saviour

MK Dons secured a League One play-off place after claiming a hard-fought 2-1 win over Notts County at Stadium:mk on Saturday.

Second-half goals from Sam Baldock and substitute Angelo Balanta put the Dons 2-0 up before Lee Hughes pulled a goal back for County, who are now just two points above the relegation zone.

County started brightly and Alan Judge had a low shot well-saved by goalkeeper David Martin after sneaking in behind the Dons defence early on.

Dons settled into their passing game midway through the first half and Peter Leven curled a 25-yard free-kick inches wide, while Mike Edwards headed a good chance wide for County on the stroke of half-time. But the hosts upped the tempo after the break and Stuart Nelson tipped wide a long-range shot from Balanta before Baldock put them ahead, ramming in Leven's deep cross on the half-volley from close range.

Martin then produced two excellent saves to deny Karl Hawley an equaliser before Balanta doubled the Dons' lead in the 59th minute, poking in Baldock's low cross from three yards.

Hughes pulled a goal back for County three minutes later when he fired in from close range after Martin flapped at Craig Westcarr's corner but they were unable to force an equaliser despite some late pressure.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 21 42
2 Milton Keynes Dons 20 41
3 Swindon Town 21 41
4 Preston North End 21 41
5 Sheffield United 21 33
6 Rochdale 21 31
7 Notts County 20 31
8 Bradford City 21 30
9 Peterborough United 21 30
10 Oldham Athletic 21 30
11 Chesterfield 21 28
12 Fleetwood Town 21 27
13 Walsall 21 27
14 Barnsley 21 26
15 Port Vale 21 26
16 Doncaster Rovers 20 26
17 Coventry City 21 25
18 Scunthorpe United 20 23
19 Gillingham 21 22
20 Crawley Town 21 22
21 Colchester United 21 20
22 Yeovil Town 21 20
23 Leyton Orient 21 19
24 Crewe Alexandra 21 19