MK DONS 1 (EASTER '52)
SWINDON TOWN 4 (MCGOVERN '40, PAYNTER '55, '70, MCCRACKEN OG)
StadiumMK, Carling Cup first round
Two second half goals from Billy Paynter and a wonder-strike from former MK Dons man Jon-Paul McGovern proved enough to power The Robins into the second round of the Carling Cup on Tuesday night.
Danny Wilson made two changes to the line-up to face MK Dons as Alan O'Brien (ankle) was replaced by Jon-Paul McGovern who was handed the chance to impress at his former club whilst Scott Cuthbert dropped to the bench with Kevin Amankwaah at right-back. The move also meant a place for Lloyd Macklin in the front line. For the home side former Town man Sol Davis started his first game in MK Dons colours whilst fellow new addition, Michael Bridges, lined up for a striking role alongside Jermaine Easter.
There was an early Town chance two minutes in when a cross found Jonathan Douglas at the back post although Gueret managed to get down first and smother the opportunity.
Lloyd Macklin made a bright start to the game with a neat interception on three minutes before he hooked out a fine cross two minutes later which had McCracken backpedalling.
The home side saw their first chance arrive on ten minutes. The opportunity was carved out following a fine cross from Bridges which found Woodards, and his downward header was met by Easter although Town stopper Lucas was able to turn the ball away.
Michael Timlin tested Gueret on twenty minutes with a rasping 20-yard free-kick which the keeper could only palm away, although McCracken was able to nip the ball away with Paynter about to pounce.
The midfielder then tried his luck moments later with a speculative volley from 25 yards which landed just the wrong side of the post. Swindon were certainly not afraid to try their luck and pushing hard for the opener.
Town continued to enjoy plenty of the play and Billy Paynter brought a good stop out of Gueret on the half hour but his lofted effort was just within grasp of the home keeper. The front man went close again on 38 minutes when his header, from a McGovern centre, was easily held by Gueret.
It was Swindon who did take the lead - and in some style. A clearance from Gueret from outside his box saw Jon-Paul McGovern brush away a challenge to win the ball. Quick-thinking from the midfielder saw him strike the ball from 35 yards and with Gueret only able to get a hand to the ball - The Robins were ahead.
It could have been two moments later when a cutback found Greer but his powerful drive from 12 yards was taken by Gueret with the home side under pressure.
Half-Time: MK Dons 0 Swindon Town 1
Town emerged unchanged for the second period looking to build on what had been a positive first forty-five minute showing at Danny Wilson's former club.
The home side were level seven minutes in. Gobern skipped past Jean-Francois on the right although having advanced into the box, he was taken down by the Town left-back. Summer signing Jermaine Easter stepped up and fired the ball into the bottom corner for his first goal in MK colours.
It was end to end stuff and Swindon made an immediate response. Amankwaah's powerful break down the right hand side saw the defender glide into the opposing half before an inch perfect pass across to Paynter on the left hand edge of the box. The striker took a touch before firing the ball back across goal and past Gueret to regain the Town advantage.
Paul Ince made a double substitution on the hour with Darren Powell and Jason Puncheon replacing Sol Davis and Michael Bridges.
Town scored extended the advantage with twenty minutes to go. A cross from the right by McNamee was fumbled by Gueret and Paynter was on hand to smash the ball into the net from close range.
The striker completed his second half hat-trick on 74 minutes with another close range finish. A cross from the right by Macklin was left by Gueret and Paynter saw his low header from an acute angle sneak back across goal with the ball ending up in the net with an own goal from David McCracken.
It was almost five moments later with Michael Timlin seeing a low drive from 22 yards just fizz wide of the right hand post.
David Lucas had to be alert to tip an 88th minute free-kick from Jason Puncheon round the post before Mark Marshall replaced two-goal front man Billy Panter for the final few minutes.
F/T: MK Dons 1 Swindon Town 4
Goal: McGovern '40, Easter (Pen '52), Paynter '55, '70, McCracken OG '74
MK Dons: Willy Gueret; Danny Woodards, Mathias Doumbe, David McCracken, Sol Davis (Puncheon '60); Lewis Gobern, Mark Carrington (Chadwick '72), Luke Howell, Jemal Johnson; Jermaine Easter, Michael Bridges (D Powell '60)
Substitutes not used: Stuart Searle, Richie Patridge, Adam Chickson, Martel Powell
Swindon Town: David Lucas; Kevin Amankwaah, Gordon Greer (Capt), Sean Morrison, Lecsinel Jean-Francois; Jon-Paul McGovern, Jonathan Douglas, Michael Timlin; Anthony McNamee (Kennedy '84), Billy Paynter, Lloyd Macklin
Substitutes not used: Phil Smith (GK), Scott Cuthbert, Craig Easton, Mark Marshall, Nathan Thompson
Attendance: 4,812 (531 from Swindon)