MK Dons vs Swansea City.
Caravan Caramel Carragher Carabao Cup Round 2.
So we got humbled 4-1 at home against Premier League opposition. Eight changes from the starting line-up from the weekend. Only Williams, Seagar and Muirhead kept their place whilst Upson and Lewington returned to the 11. Debuts for goalkeeper Sietsma and midfielder McGrandles. A decent line-up and certainly not as weak as many fans had complained about.
After some initial confusion from Trevor the stadium announcer as to whether Callum Brittain was on the pitch (he definitely was by the way Trev!), Dons took the lead through Ryan Seagar after Upson won the ball in the Swansea half and some decisive passing from Ariyibi and Muirhead. It was a good finish from the Southampton loanee and hopeful fans began to dream of another Premier League scalp at Stadium MK. However, Leroy Fer quickly put a stop to those loft dreams with a headed goal just two minutes later. The Dons struggled to cope with the pace from the Welsh club’s wingers and cross after cross came in so the equaliser, whilst still disappointing, wasn’t too much of a surprise. Overall a good half with the Dons competing well against a team two leagues above!
Around the hour mark, Fer scored another header to put the Swans 2-1 in the tie. A player seriously underrated for his heading ability – indeed, he did score with his noggin for the Netherlands in the last World Cup in Brazil.
From there the mean from South Wales took control of the game with some good passing and the difference in ability was evident. The Dons struggled against a team containing some very good players – Fer was 3rd place with Netherlands in the World Cup, and the other two goalscorers; Jordan Ayew has over 45 caps for Ghana whilst Tammy Abraham (on loan from Chelski) scored 23 goals for Bristol City if the Championship last season.
4-1 seemed a bit harsh as it was a decent performance and there are positives to be taken from the game – as the gaffer himself has said. Hopefully those positives will show through against Blackburn on Saturday and now we can concentrate on the league games going forward.