MK Dons recorded their first-ever victory over Sunderland with a 2-1 win at the Stadium Of Light.
That result makes it four games unbeaten for Russell Martin’s side while condemning Phil Parkinson’s team to a third defeat in a week.
It was the visitors who had the first opportunity of the game as Scott Fraser’s close-range effort deflected narrowly wide off his own teammate.
Sunderland came straight back with a chance of their own as some good work from Will Grigg on the byline saw a ball squeezed across the face of goal and narrowly escape Lynden Gooch who was rushing in.
Despite Parkinson’s side pressing the Dons to within an inch of their lives, it was Martin’s side who had the better of the early period with Stephen Walker and then Cameron Jerome going close.
But it was the hosts who made the breakthrough after 11 minutes when Max Power’s deflected effort from the edge of the area wrong-footed Andrew Fisher and found the net.
MK Dons looked dangerous on the counter-attack and got their reward for some fine work after a whipped free-kick from a wide area found Cameron Jerome who flicked his header past Remi Matthews.
Sunderland controlled much of the first period without causing too much trouble the visitors, however they should have done better when a neat ball from Grant Leadbitter found Will Grigg who failed to make a connection when one-on-one with the goalkeeper.
Half-chances for Gooch and Scowen presented themselves but the sides went in level at the break.
The second period couldn’t have got off to a better start for MK Dons.
A clumsy challenge by Max Power gave the visitors a penalty just 35 seconds into the half, which Fraser converted with ease.
Sunderland pushed forward in the second period to try and grab an equaliser and came agonisingly close when Grigg, again, failed to make a connection with the ball from just a yard out.
Denver Hume and Charlie Wyke also had opportunities but Fisher did well to keep them out.
Parkinson made two changes in the second period as Chris Maguire and Danny Graham were brought on to force the issue, but neither were able to make a breakthrough.
Jack Diamond was also introduced for just his second League One appearance, but he also struggled to make an impact.
Sunderland did carve out one final chance in injury time as Gooch wriggled himself free down the left flank and floated a cross into the area but Graham’s header at the back post was easy for the keeper to pick up.
Fisher then made a wonderful save in the dying moments to deny Hume who fizzed an effort towards the bottom corner with just seconds to spare.
While the Black Cats will be bitterly disappointed to come away with nothing, few can argue that the Dons deserve the result for executing their game-plan to perfection.
Final score: Sunderland 1-2 MK Dons