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MK Dons cruise into second round of FA Cup with comfortable win over non-league Hyde United

Chuks Aneke celebrates scoring a free-kick just before half-time. Credit: PA
  • Hyde United 0-4 MK Dons

MK Dons made it safely through to the second round of the FA Cup after avoiding a potential banana skin at non-league Hyde United.

The Dons, who were playing a side five tiers below them in the football pyramid, were the big favourites going into the game and they made their class tell by running out comfortable winners.

Aidan Nesbitt's excellent looping opener settled any early nerves, before Chuks Aneke calmly guided home a free-kick on the stroke of half-time to effectively end the contest.

The MK Dons players salute their fans after the game. Credit: PA

Centre back Ethan Ebanks-Landell then added another shortly after the hour mark, and Ed Upson put some extra gloss on the scoreline with a well-taken fourth.

Speaking to the BBC after the game, manager Robbie Neilson said he hopes the win will kickstart the Dons' season following a run of five games without a victory.

"I thought Hyde were fantastic tonight, credit to them and the fans. It was a difficult one for us, but we've managed to get through and that's the main thing," Neilson said.

"It gives us a bit of momentum. Last month was quite difficult, but it's part and parcel of League One - it's a tough league and you need to be resilient. We've done that tonight so we're happy and we move on."