A solitary goal from on loan Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford accounted for Crewe Alexandra in their opening away league game of the season at MK Dons.
Bamford converted a low cross from Jason Banton on twenty minutes for what proved to be the winner between the two sides.
Dons’ Stephen Gleeson forced an early save from Alex goalkeeper Alan Martin during the initial exchanges before Dele Alli’s enterprising break found Bamford lifting onto the crossbar.
Martin then reacted well to keep out Shaun Williams from long range, until Banton escaped Kelvin Mellor and crossed for Bamford to guide home.
Ryan Colclough had already dragged an effort wide and Max Clayton went down inside the area under challenge from Anthony Kay – but without reward.
Mellor was then required to clear after Martin had failed to gather Williams’ free-kick following the break, while George Ray should have done better when heading an AJ Leitch-Smith free-kick wide.
Further threats arrived from Harry Davis and Matt Tootle as the running of Colclough and presence of substitute Vadaine Oliver continued to offer the visitors genuine hope.
Defender Tootle next headed over from Mellor’s delivery and Colclough went down in the area under challenge from keeper David Martin – but again the decision went against his side.
Davis blocked substitute Izale McLeod at the other end, although it was the visitors continuing to appear the more likely as home keeper Martin denied both Colclough and substitute Michael West late on.
Milton Keynes Dons: D. Martin, Hodson, Williams, Reeves, Kay, Gleeson, Potter, Baldock, Banton (Chadwick 69), Alli, Bamford (McLeod 82)
subs (unused): McLoughlin, Otsemobor, Flanagan, Carruthers, Smith
Goals: Bamford (20)
Crewe Alexandra: A. Martin, Mellor, Davis, Ray, Tootle, Grant (West 74), Osman, Colclough, Clayton (Turton 69), Leitch-Smith (Oliver 69), Aneke
subs (unused): Phillips, Dugdale, Robertson, Ellis
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