Swindon overcame a depleted MK Dons, who were reduced to 10 men for the fourth consecutive game.

Suspension and injury meant manager Karl Robinson could not fill the bench, and their personnel problems worsened when Dean Lewington was sent off for lashing out at Simon Ferry.

The hosts went ahead just before half-time through Matt Ritchie's cross-shot, which snuck in at the back post.

Darren Potter came close to equalising late on but Wes Foderingham saved well.

MK Dons see red

  • Stephen Gleeson v Cheltenham Town (League Cup)
  • Anthony Kay v Oldham
  • Alan Smith v Bournemouth
  • Dean Lewington v Swindon

Dons goalkeeper David Martin kept his side in the game in the early stages, saving from Raffaele De Vita's bullet strike and twice from Aden Flint.

Lewington caught Ferry with his arm and received a straight red on 39 minutes - a decision which angered an already frustrated Robinson.

Swindon instantly capitalised on their numerical advantage as Ritchie's ball drifted past Martin, although striker James Collins claimed to get the last touch.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Swindon Town manager Paolo Di Canio told BBC Wiltshire:

"It probably wasn't our best game but in the first half we played our football (but) the second half I didn't completely enjoy because we played at a very low tempo.

"We should have won with a (more) comfortable result.

"Before the sending-off we were the only team who should win the game.

"Since that moment we didn't play the same football."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

Swindon Town

  • 01 Foderingham
  • 03 McEveley
  • 04 Flint
  • 05 Devera Booked
  • 08 Ferry Booked
  • 10 Ritchie
  • 12 McCormack
  • 18 Miller
  • 09 Collins (Storey - 87' )
  • 16 Williams
  • 23 De Vita (Navarro - 73' )

Substitutes

  • 30 Bedwell
  • 15 Thompson
  • 32 Smith
  • 06 Navarro
  • 07 Rooney
  • 13 Risser
  • 20 Storey

Milton Keynes Dons

  • 01 Martin
  • 02 Otsemobor
  • 03 Lewington Dismissed
  • 05 MacKenzie Booked
  • 12 Chicksen (Ibehre - 75' )
  • 08 Potter
  • 17 Powell
  • 23 O'Shea (Williams - 42' )
  • 26 Chadwick
  • 09 Bowditch
  • 14 Lowe (MacDonald - 64' )

Substitutes

  • 16 McLoughlin
  • 27 Spence
  • 06 Williams
  • 21 Ali
  • 10 MacDonald
  • 19 Ibehre
Ref: Phillips
Att: 8,299

Match Stats

Shots

10 2

On target

4 1

Corners

6 6

Fouls

14 6

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:08 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +1:37

Short corner worked by Matt Ritchie.

90:00 +0:40

Darren Potter takes a shot. Save made by Wes Foderingham.

88:00

Jabo Ibehre fouled by Matt Ritchie, the ref awards a free kick. Shaun Williams restarts play with the free kick.

86:15 Substitution

Substitution Miles Storey replaces James Collins.

86:15

Jay McEveley fouled by Jon Otsemobor, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jay McEveley.

85:44

Tommy Miller challenges Luke Chadwick unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Luke Chadwick.

83:47

Free kick awarded for a foul by Alan Navarro on Daniel Powell. Indirect free kick taken by Shaun Williams.

81:35 Booking

Booking Simon Ferry is shown a yellow card.

81:31

Simon Ferry challenges Luke Chadwick unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by David Martin.

80:57

Andy Williams takes a shot.

78:13

Shaun Williams gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Matt Ritchie. Matt Ritchie takes the free kick.

77:23 Booking

Booking Gary MacKenzie booked.

76:52

Free kick awarded for a foul by Alan Navarro on Darren Potter. Direct free kick taken by Darren Potter.

76:03 Booking

Booking Joe Devera receives a yellow card.

74:18 Substitution

Substitution Jabo Ibehre on for Adam Chicksen.

73:23

Foul by Andy Williams on Gary MacKenzie, free kick awarded. David Martin takes the direct free kick.

72:05 Substitution

Substitution (Swindon) makes a substitution, with Alan Navarro coming on for Raffaele De Vita.

72:05

Tommy Miller challenges Darren Potter unfairly and gives away a free kick. Shaun Williams takes the direct free kick.

71:26

Shot from deep inside the area by Raffaele De Vita goes over the bar.

65:28

Shaun Williams takes a inswinging corner.

63:12 Substitution

Substitution Ryan Lowe goes off and Charlie MacDonald comes on.

62:42

The assistant referee signals for offside against Andy Williams. David Martin restarts play with the free kick.

62:02

Andy Williams takes a shot. Save made by David Martin.

59:39

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Shaun Williams.

59:09

Unfair challenge on Daniel Powell by Jay McEveley results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Shaun Williams.

58:46

Matt Ritchie challenges Dean Bowditch unfairly and gives away a free kick. Adam Chicksen takes the free kick.

58:13

Effort on goal by James Collins from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.

57:08

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Matt Ritchie.

55:01

The offside flag is raised against Matt Ritchie. Free kick taken by David Martin.

50:36

Effort on goal by Tommy Miller from long range goes harmlessly over the target.

45:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

45:00 +1:33 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

44:47 Goal scored

Goal! - Matt Ritchie - Swindon 1 - 0 MK Dons Matt Ritchie scores a goal from long range to the top left corner of the goal. Swindon 1-0 Milton Keynes Dons.

42:48

The assistant referee flags for offside against Raffaele De Vita. Alan McCormack challenges Ryan Lowe unfairly and gives away a free kick. Dean Bowditch takes the direct free kick.

41:12 Substitution

Substitution Shaun Williams joins the action as a substitute, replacing James O'Shea.

39:09 Dismissal

Dismissal Dean Lewington receives a red card.

38:25

Unfair challenge on Simon Ferry by Luke Chadwick results in a free kick. Alan McCormack restarts play with the free kick.

37:52

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Dean Bowditch from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Alan McCormack.

36:13

Free kick awarded for a foul by Adam Chicksen on Matt Ritchie. Simon Ferry takes the free kick.

30:13

Shot by Ryan Lowe from outside the box goes high over the target.

28:05

Jay McEveley challenges Dean Bowditch unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Darren Potter.

25:48

Short corner taken by Raffaele De Vita.

24:46

Corner from the left by-line taken by Raffaele De Vita, clearance made by Dean Lewington.

24:11

Matt Ritchie takes a inswinging corner to the near post.

21:48

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Matt Ritchie, James Collins takes a shot. Close range strike by James Collins goes over the bar. Blocked by David Martin.

15:29

Raffaele De Vita takes a shot. Blocked by David Martin.

14:27

Tommy Miller concedes a free kick for a foul on James O'Shea. Dean Lewington takes the direct free kick.

13:30

The assistant referee signals for offside against Ryan Lowe. Wes Foderingham restarts play with the free kick.

12:33

Inswinging corner taken by James O'Shea from the right by-line.

11:53

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Dean Bowditch.

11:16

Joe Devera challenges Dean Bowditch unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Dean Bowditch.

10:01

Matt Ritchie sends in a cross.

8:28

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matt Ritchie by Adam Chicksen. Centre by Matt Ritchie, Aden Flint takes a shot. David Martin gets a block in.

6:30

Corner taken by Dean Bowditch.

2:30

Dean Bowditch fouled by Matt Ritchie, the ref awards a free kick. David Martin restarts play with the free kick.

0:21

Unfair challenge on Aden Flint by Ryan Lowe results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Wes Foderingham.

0:00

The game begins.

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