Milton Keynes Dons 6, Chesterfield 2
Only once in Chesterfield’s league history have they previously lost 6-2.
Back at Christmas 1936, the Spireites were hammered at Aston Villa by a scoreline now matched at stadiummk.
Sought-after striker Sam Baldock, watched at this game by West Ham boss Sam Allardyce, was the tormentor-in-chief.
He hit a hat-trick and added an assist for Luke Chadwick as John Sheridan’s side ended the contest well beaten and next to bottom of the table.
Dean Bowditch and a penalty from Jay O’Shea completed Dons’ list of scorers.
Scott Boden did all he could for Chesterfield, scoring two goals, both from Jordan Bowery passes, and almost grabbing a trio himself, but he shot inches wide with the score at 3-2 when it looked as though the Spireites could get back into the game.
International clearance for Alex Mendy didn’t come through in time for him to be part of the squad, so the manager brought in Boden and Bowery for Dean Morgan and Dean Holden, who were both on the bench.
The two strikers lined up with Jack Lester in an attacking formation while Drew Talbot reverted to right back.
Chesterfield soon trailed.
With 12 minutes on the clock, Jabo Ibehre’s long ball saw Baldock outpace Aaron Downes and he slotted the ball in from a tight angle and it flew through Tommy Lee.
An altercation between Lester, whose shirt was ripped, and Dean Lewington seemed to fire up the visitors and soon after, on 37, Boden levelled against the run of play.
Mark Allott, via Lester, found Bowery on the right. He nipped by Lewington and crossed. David Martin, in goal, got a touch to the low delivery but Boden was placed well to tap in.
Chesterfield then looked to be in the frame for a positive result but they fell behind on 59 when Ibehre’s cross from the right saw Baldock finish from close range.
Within two minutes, it was three. Shaun Williams’ deep cross saw Talbot slip and Dean Bowditch received and finished with aplomb.
On 66, Chesterfield were back in the hunt.
Allott’s long throw from the right saw Bowery head up at the near post, control, turn and cross for Boden to head home.
Moments later Boden was inches away from a hat-trick of his own but what looked set to be an equaliser rolled agonisingly wide, the turning point of the match as Chesterfield then fell to pieces.
Dwayne Mattis inexplicably rolled the ball across the penalty area right into Baldock’s path but, rather than grab more glory, he passed to Luke Chadwick and the sub made it 4-2 just four minutes after Boden’s goal.
Stephen Gleeson tackled Allott successfully, picked out Baldock who then danced by Mattis and Niven before unleashing an unstoppable 25 yarder to earn the match ball with 18 minutes still remaining.
He was subbed later on to allow for a deserved standing ovation.
The disaster was completed when Daniel Powell squared for fellow sub Jay O’Shea who was upended by Talbot and O’Shea, five minutes from time, scored from 12 yards.
What happened after the last 6-2 thumping? Chesterfield went on to beat Swansea 4-0, a result that would be welcomed at Exeter at the weekend, a team beaten 6-1 by the Spireites on their last St James’ Park excursion.
MK Dons: Martin; A.Smith, Lewington, Mackenzie, Chicksen; Balanta (Powell 79), Gleeson, Williams (Chadwick 66), Bowditch; Ibehre, S.Baldock (O’Shea 77). Subs not used: McLoughlin, G. Baldock.
Chesterfield: Lee; Talbot, Mattis (Holden 73), Downes, N.Smith; Whitaker, Allott (Lowry 80), Niven; Bowery, Lester (Morgan 73), Boden. Subs not used: Fleming, Clay.
Booked: Lester, Talbot, Lewington, Williams.