Exeter 1-0 MK Dons: The Grecians see visitors off at St James Park

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Milton Keynes Dons fell to an away defeat at the hands of Exeter City at St James Park on Saturday. Exeter arrived with the intention of improving their league position following a disappointing 0-0 draw with Accrington Stanley in their previous game. Milton Keynes Dons, meanwhile, were looking to extend their winning run after a 4-0 victory against Morecambe FC. Exeter and Milton Keynes Dons sit 7th, (11 points) and 19th, (7 points), spots respectively, after 7 matches.

Following a goalless first half, Exeter piled on the pressure in the second and were rewarded, when Cheick Diabate found the net, 66 minutes in, sealing a 1-0 victory for the home side.

Both managers used the full entitlement. Substitutions for Exeter included Rakeem Harper and Jay Stansfield for Timothee Dieng and Sam Nombe, respectively, Milton Keynes Dons brought on Matthew Dennis, Matt Smith, Joshua Kayode and Daniel Oyegoke, to replace Will Grigg, Conor Grant, Darragh Burns and Henry Lawrence.

There were bookings for Jonathan Grounds from Exeter, and Daniel Harvie, for Milton Keynes Dons.

Exeter will next play Charlton Athletic away, with Milton Keynes Dons facing Bristol Rovers at home.

Technical card:
Exeter City:Timothee Dieng (Rakeem Harper, min.63), Cheick Diabate, Sam Nombe (Jay Stansfield, min.79) and Jonathan Grounds
Milton Keynes Dons:Will Grigg (Matthew Dennis, min.46), Conor Grant (Matt Smith, min.57), Darragh Burns (Joshua Kayode, min.57), Daniel Harvie and Henry Lawrence (Daniel Oyegoke, min.75)
Stadium:St James Park
Goals:Cheick Diabate (1-0, min. 66)