MK Dons 2 (Bamford 30, Reeves 50)
There was little festive cheer at Molineux as MK Dons took the points following a stuttering Wolves performance which culminated in a second consecutive League defeat.
Wolves had just one change for their first competitive fixture with The Dons with James Henry returning from injury in place of Michael Jacobs who took a place on the bench.
The home side kicked-off attacking the North Bank end and in the first minute crosses from Dave Edwards and Scott Goldbourne were cleared.
The visitors threatened in the third minute after Richard Stearman had slipped on the greasy surface allowing Patrick Bamford to run through on goal. He tried a cross-shot from a tight angle which was cut out by Carl Ikeme.
The keeper then made a comfortable save after Dale Jennings got his head to a cross from Lee Hodson. At the other end Leigh Griffiths fired wide of the near post from the edge of the area.
On ten minutes Bakary Sako slipped the ball inside for Henry who took it into the box before unleashing a powerful shot that was well saved by Dons keeper David Martin. The two Henry corners that followed proved to be fruitless.
A superb crossfield pass from Henry found Golbourne on the left. The defender quickly switched the ball inside to Sako who beat his marker as he ran into the box. But then, off balance, he fired well wide.
Martin dived to save a low drive from Kevin Doyle before Kevin McDonald went into the book after he had clipped Samir Carruthers.
Golbourne cleverly worked his way to the bye-line before hitting a low cross that ran in front of Griffiths who completely missed his kick.
With 30 minutes gone MK Dons moved into the lead as Bamford slid the ball past Ikeme after he had run onto Carruthers’s through ball.
Sako was shown the yellow card after a clumsy challenge on Carruthers and then the Dons went close to a second goal as Ben Reeves’s free kick-took a hefty deflection and clipped the top of the bar as it went over.
Just before the break, Shaun Williams just got a foot in to divert away Sako’s short cross with Griffiths awaiting any slip up.
Two Henry corners came to nothing and then the winger tried a shot that was well saved by Martin.
Half-Time: Wolves 0 MK Dons 1
Kenny Jackett made a double change at the start of the new half with Liam McAlinden and Jacobs replacing Griffiths and Sako respectively.
A tremendous piece of work by Stearman almost carved out an equaliser. He won a challenge in the centre-circle and sprinted into the area. Although he went down under a double challenge, from the floor he still managed to find Doyle who fired narrowly over the bar with a shot on the turn.
But, in the 50th minute, Reeves let go from 25-yards to find the top corner of the net with a ferocious shot to put the visitors two up.
Jennings was booked for a clattering challenge on Samuel Ricketts who was left needing lengthy treatment on his shoulder. Before the game restarted, Jennings was replaced by George Baldock.
Ikeme was called into action again as he saved a low shot from Bamford before McAlinden shot narrowly wide of the far post after good work from Jacobs and Doyle.
Then Edwards failed to get enough power behind a hooked effort following a low cross from Henry. And McAlinden drew applause from the crowd with a shot from 20-yards that Martin needed two attempts to bring under control.
Henry fired over the near angle after a run down the right flank before cutting into the box and them from a Jacobs free-kick, Edwards powered a header just the wrong side of the post.
Former Wolf Stephen Gleeson took an inswinging free-kick from near the left hand corner flag and Ikeme was forced to touch the ball over the bar.
In stoppage time Edwards volleyed wide from 25-yards as a lack lustre performance from Wanderers drew to a close.
Wolves: Ikeme, Golbourne, Ricketts (capt), McDonald (Cassidy 88), Batth, Stearman, Henry, Edwards, Griffiths (McAlinden 45), Doyle, Sako (Jacobs 45).
Unused subs: Hennessey, Davis, Price, Ebanks-Landel.
Bookings: McDonald (22 – foul), Sako (38 – foul).
Dons: Martin, Lewington (capt), Hodson, Williams, Gleeson, Potter, Reeves (Galloway 90+4)., Bamford, Carruthers (Smith 78), Spence, Jennings (Baldock 55).
Unused subs: Flanaghan, McLoughlin, Banton, Kay.
Booking: Jennings (55 – foul).
Referee: D. Sheldrake.