Charlton Athletic 0-2 MK Dons, League One: report, ratings and verdict


Charlton Athletic 3-5-2



MK Dons

Half Time: 0 - 1 The Valley ( Attendance: 8,887 )
1 min

Charlton Athletic fell to a fourth successive league defeat with a 2-0 loss to MK Dons at The Valley.

The Addicks started brightly with Adam Matthews’ teasing cross after impressive build-up play forcing MK defender Harry Darling into a crucial interception.

Soon afterwards, Mason Burstow showed great skill to create space for a cross which Alex Gilbey failed to capitalise from due to a heavy touch.

And four minutes before the break Charlton were made to rue their missed opportunities as MK opened the scoring – Conor Coventry finding Tennai Watson’s precisely timed run, who rolled the ball past a flat-footed Craig MacGillivray.

The second-half saw MK continue to build on their advantage with Connor Wickham drawing a good reaction save from MacGillivray from a point blank header.

At the other end, Burstow missed an open goal from Albie Morgan’s low cross before the visitors doubled their lead on the hour mark.

Kaine Kesler Hayden arriving on the end of Wickham’s initial rebounded shot to round off another miserable night for Charlton.

Key Points

Check out all the key talking points and reaction from London Football Scene below…

Key Moment

Tennai Watson’s opener was the spark of attacking quality needed to open up what had been up until that moment a cagey affair.

Moan of the Match

Charlton’s woes in front of goal continued as although they managed to get the ball in good areas, their finishing touch constantly let them down.

Talking Point

With manager Johnnie Jackson’s contract performance-based and Charlton plunging down the table, are questions about his long-term future about to be raised?

Man of the Match

George Dobson – showed once again why he is regarded as the best player at the club with his effective pressing, vision and passing range.

Tweet of the Match

Referee Watch

Sam Purkiss (London) – had no match-defining decisions to make but was balanced in his decision-making throughout.


A sparse home crowd understandably lacked optimism, and what noise did come from the Covered End was that of gallows humour and irate criticism of a number of players.


Another defeat for Charlton, who, after going a goal behind never looked like getting back in the game. A painful watch at times.

Line Ups

Charlton Athletic 3-5-2

MacGillivray; Gunter, Lavelle, Famewo; Matthews, Gilbey, Dobson (Campbell, 88), Morgan, Familia-Castillo; Leko (Jaiyesimi, 64), Burstow (Lee, 72)

Subs not used:

Harness, Purrington, Pearce, Kanu



MK Dons

Cumming; O’Hora, Darling, Lewington; Hayden, Coventry, McEachran (Kasumu, 80), Watson; Parrott, Wickham (Eisa, 64), Twine (Corbeanu, 71)

Subs not used:

Ravizzoli, Smith, Kemp, Boateng

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