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Stadium:MK (ATT 6,911) 10th August 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: R Lewis

MK Dons Milton Keynes Dons vs Crewe Alexandra Crewe

MK Dons 1

P Bamford (20)

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Crewe 0

Bamford strike seals Dons win

Last Updated: 10/08/13 6:22pm

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Patrick Bamford: Scored the winner

Patrick Bamford: Scored the winner

Patrick Bamford's first-half goal proved decisive as MK Dons held off a late Crewe onslaught to secure a 1-0 win at Stadium:MK.

On-loan Chelsea striker Bamford nipped in at the near post to poke home the only goal of the game in the 20th minute to cap an impressive personal display.

The hosts dominated the first half and Bamford put them ahead when he tapped in Jason Banton's low cross after the on-loan Crystal Palace winger had flown past Kelvin Mellor down the left.

Bamford had earlier dinked an effort on to the top of the crossbar, while Shaun Williams saw his fierce long-range strike well saved by Crewe goalkeeper Alan Martin and then also curled a free-kick inches past a post.

Darren Potter looked set to double the Dons' lead from close range shortly after the break but he was thwarted by an excellent last-ditch block by Mellor.

Crewe improved in the closing stages and George Ray wasted a golden opportunity when he planted a free header wide from Ajay Leitch-Smith's free-kick, while fellow defender Matt Tootle was twice narrowly off target.

Dons 'keeper David Martin then produced an excellent reflex save at the death to tip over Ryan Colclough's close-range volley as the hosts hung on.

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Sky Bet League 1

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