Di Canio delighted at ‘big win’

Dean Lewington was given his marching orders in the 40th minute

for appearing to elbow Swindon’s Simon Ferry as the Dons full-back

attempted to take a quick free-kick.

Matt Ritchie was credited with the only goal of the game just

before the break although Town striker James Collins claimed to

have got the final touch to the former’s centre.

“This was a big win for us although I did not completely enjoy

the second half,” Di Canio said. “MK Dons are an intelligent side

and know what they want to achieve. They did not finish in the top

six last season by accident. This was a real test for us against

one of the best teams in the division. Even before the sending-off

we were the better team.

“I do not know if the red card was for a violent reaction or if

he wanted to keep the ball and put his elbow in hard.

“I am not sure who got our goal. Perhaps they can have half of

it each.”