Dean Smith off to a flying start as Brentford ease to victory
Brentford head coach Dean Smith watched his new side cruise to a far more emphatic win over MK Dons than the 2-0 scoreline suggested.
Goals in both halves from Lasse Vibe and Alan Judge settled a one-sided affair which saw the hosts play some scintillating football despite a swirling gale-force wind.
Vibe gave the Bees the lead in the 19th minute with a superb glancing header at the far post from Jake Bidwell's left-wing cross after midfielder Judge had broken free from the half way line.
He powered forward and slipped in the overlapping Bidwell, whose whipped cross needed only the slightest touch to find the bottom corner.
Brentford hit the crossbar three times as the overwhelmed visitors threatened to buckle under wave after wave of Brentford pressure.
But while they stayed in the game there was always the danger that they might pinch an unlikely goal, despite rarely testing Bees goalkeeper David Button.
The decisive second goal eventually came after 70 minutes when a headed clearance was met on the stretch by Judge, whose volley dribbled through a forest of legs to nestle inside the far post.
The visitors had started brightly with Dean Bowditch forcing a save at the foot of the post, but it was a rare sight on goal for Karl Robinson's side.
Ryan Woods flashed a long-range drive just over the bar for the Bees before Judge raced clear from half way and drew goalkeeper David Martin who managed to block his shot.
Minutes later the little Irishman saw his curling free-kick bounce back off the angle and Konstantin Kerschbaumer's goal-bound effort was cleared off the line by Antony Kay.
Vibe played in Sergi Canos in the 33rd minute but his fierce shot with the goal gaping cannoned back off the bar, with the Dons defence in disarray.
Minutes after the break, Vibe saw a sizzling angled drive suffer a similar fate as it looked like the visitors' desperate rearguard action might bear fruit.
The second goal eased Brentford's nerves and they turned in some champagne football. It came when the Griffin Park fans least expected it.
Kyle McFadzean's headed clearance dropped for Judge who managed to get a speculative toe on it and the ball rolled through a sea of defenders and into the bottom corner.
Moments later he saw a drive fly well wide as both sides appeared to settle for the scoreline on a day more suited to yachting than football.
Milton Keynes' only effort in the second half came when they started to relax late on, Nicky Maynard testing Button at the foot of his post.