MK Dons 2 Sheffield Wednesday 0: Johnson injury adds to Wednesday woes after Cup shock exit

MK Dons reached the FA Cup fourth round for the first time in their short history with a replay victory over Sheffield Wednesday.

Shaun Williams’s first-half penalty and a fortuitous second goal from a Dean Bowditch free-kick saw the npower League One team overcome their Championship opponents at stadium:mk.

In a game of few chances, the hosts created the better opportunities as a much-changed Wednesday side struggled for cohesion.

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With Izale McLeod cup-tied Alan Smith was recalled, allowing former Wednesday striker Ryan Lowe to lead the attack.

Owls boss Dave Jones made seven changes.

Defenders Lewis Buxton and Miguel Llera and midfielders Jermaine Johnson and Kieran Lee were the only players to survive from the team that started the victory at Hull on Saturday evening.

Wednesday were forced to make an early change when Johnson went off injured after just 12 minutes. Danny Mayor was his replacement.

Either side of the substitution, Paul Corry tried his luck from long range but on both occasions Dons goalkeeper David Martin was not troubled.

The League One side went ahead in the 28th minute after referee Lee Collins spotted Buxton pulling at Bowditch’s shirt inside the area. Williams confidently dispatched the resulting spot-kick past Stephen Bywater.

Mayor immediately threatened at the other end with a shot from the right-hand side of the area that went wide.

Shortly afterwards Bywater had to push the ball away as Daniel Powell attempted to lob him from the edge of the box.

Lowe headed over the crossbar at the start of the second half and Bywater would have been grateful to see MacKenzie nod the ball straight into his arms as the Dons continued to create the better opportunities.

Mayor went close again from the edge of the area on the hour mark before Martin made a routine save from Corry’s 20-yard shot.

The second goal came with 15 minutes remaining. Bowditch swung in a free-kick from wide on the left and his intended cross eluded the runs of all his team-mates and the ball nestled in the bottom right-hand corner of the net. The Dons came close to a third goal late on. After Martin Taylor had blocked shots from Lowe and then Williams, Bywater had to beat away another effort from the latter.

The Owls’ home game against Nottingam Forest in the Championship on March 2, has been switched to a 5.20pm kick-off to be screened live on Sky.

MK Dons: Martin, Otsemobor, MacKenzie (Doumbe 72), Kay, Lewington, Powell (Ali 88), Smith, Potter, Williams, Bowditch (Chicksen 78), Lowe. Unused substitutes: Harley, Rasulo, Ismail.

Sheffield Wednesday: Bywater, Buxton, Llera, Taylor, Mattock, Lee (Antonio 62), Semedo, Corry, Pecnik (O’Grady 54), Madine, Jermaine Johnson (Mayor 13). Unused substitutes: Davies, Sidibe, Jones, Coke.

Referee: L Collins (Surrey).