Football - Dons deserved victory - Smith

Walsall boss Dean Smith made no excuses after seeing his side beaten 3-0 by MK Dons.

PA Sport Report

Izale McLeod inspired the Dons to victory. The striker scored twice and was brought down for a penalty which resulted in another goal for the visitors.

The Saddlers, beaten for the first time in eight games, had skipper Andy Butler sent off in the 43rd minute for tripping McLeod and Ben Reeves made no mistake from the resulting spot-kick a minute later.

Walsall striker Michael Ngoo, making his debut as a substitute after arriving on loan from Liverpool, was brought down for a penalty in the 89th minute. He took the kick himself but Dons goalkeeper David Martin saved it, denying the home side a bit of consolation.

Smith said: "We didn't play well in the first half and deserved to lose. I told the lads I don't want any excuses about the weather.

"It was horrible out there but I don't want to make excuses because we were second best and ended up losing the game"

Asked about the red card for his skipper, Smith replied: "I don't think it was a sending off because their player was taking the ball away from goal. I thought the referee (James Linington from Newport) was poor all the game. We shall have a look to see if its worth an appeal

"I won't be giving the players the benefit of the doubt because they gave themselves a great opportunity and put themselves in a great position. The most important thing is what we do next."

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