Barry Bannan’s fantastic goal proved decisive in a vital 3-2 win for Sheffield Wednesday at MK Dons that took them back into the League One play-offs.
The Owls are fifth in the table after ending the Dons’ 15-game unbeaten streak and preventing the hosts from climbing over Rotherham and taking second place.
Wednesday was ahead after 10 minutes when Bannan saved the ball for Saido Berahino, whose shot slipped past MK Dons keeper Jamie Cumming.
The visitors doubled their lead in the 20th minute when Bannan’s corner was forced in by Lee Gregory, making the most of loose marking.
Bannan then added a sensational third for the Owls just before the half-hour mark when Dean Lewington headed the ball his way before the visiting skipper lobbed Cumming from 35 yards out.
The Dons gave themselves a lifeline five minutes before half-time through Troy Parrott’s dinked finish and fired another free-kick from Scott Twine five minutes into long stoppage time, but didn’t couldn’t complete the return.