Crewe top scorer Mathias Pogba struck twice to keep alive the Alex's outside League One play-off hopes.

MK Dons led just past the half hour through Patrick Bamford's deft near-post header from Crewe old boy Ryan Lowe's precise right-wing cross.

The Alex levelled just before the break when Pogba powered home a far-post header from Gregor Robertson's cross.

  • Summer signing Mathias Pogba has now hit 16 goals in his first season for the Alex

Pogba then pounced to win it before the Dons, who twice hit the woodwork after the break, had Anthony Kay sent off.

Kay was dismissed for two challenges, on Pogba and substitute Matt Tootle, in the space of four minutes.

The visitors had the better first-half chances, being denied an obvious penalty when Lowe's goalbound lob struck Mark Ellis's arm. And they were left cursing efforts by Chris Lines against the left upright and Shaun Williams' curling free-kick which hit the bar.

Crewe's victory, won by Pogba's twice-taken shot six minutes from time, lifts them back to within nine points of the League One play-offs, level with the Dons, with nine matches still to play for the Johnstone's Paint Trophy finalists.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Crewe manager Steve Davis told BBC Radio Stoke:

"They've hit the post and bar, so we've had to dig in and grit it out, but we've had chances as well, so it was a good win in the end.

"We showed determination to come back. But, if you have great belief in a team you've always got a chance and I never write this team off.

"Who knows what they can do? On their day they can beat anybody and they have shown that as long as they reach a certain level.

"I was really frustrated with Mathias Pogba in the first half because he kept losing the ball, but he is a constant threat. You always fancy him to get a goal. We put him up there to cause problems in the final 10 minutes and thankfully he's got us the winning goal."

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"The sending off is an embarrassment to Anthony Kay. I have stuck up for him in the past, but they were two blatant yellow cards.

"He knows how difficult it is at the moment. He knows how short I am of numbers. He's let me down.

"More importantly, he's let his team-mates down. More important than that, he's let the fans who've travelled down and he's let the badge down.

"For an hour there was only one team in it but, for the last half-hour, we were appalling."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Crewe

  • 01 Phillips
  • 03 Davis Booked
  • 05 Ellis
  • 15 Robertson
  • 08 Murphy (Turton - 59' )
  • 14 Mellor
  • 19 Osman
  • 27 Colclough
  • 09 Pogba
  • 10 Leitch-Smith (Tootle - 85' )
  • 32 Ellington (Aneke - 74' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Martin
  • 02 Tootle
  • 06 Dugdale
  • 12 Turton
  • 23 West
  • 26 Aneke

MK Dons

  • 16 McLoughlin
  • 02 Otsemobor (Smith - 85' )
  • 12 Chicksen
  • 24 Kay Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 06 Williams
  • 07 Gleeson
  • 08 Potter Booked
  • 23 Lines Booked
  • 09 Bowditch (Baldock - 64' )
  • 14 Lowe (McLeod - 69' )
  • 33 Bamford

Substitutes

  • 04 Doumbe
  • 11 Smith
  • 18 Baldock
  • 13 McLeod
Ref: Robinson
Att: 3,770

Match Stats

Shots

13 11

On target

8 6

Corners

8 1

Fouls

15 16

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:21 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

90:00 +3:05

Ryan Colclough challenges Shaun Williams unfairly and gives away a free kick. Shaun Williams takes the direct free kick.

90:00 +2:13

Foul by Patrick Bamford on Gregor Robertson, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Steve Phillips.

90:00 +0:59

Alan Smith gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Colclough. Gregor Robertson restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +0:36

Mathias Pogba is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Shaun Williams.

89:50

Shot from outside the penalty box by Gregor Robertson goes wide right of the goal.

88:15

Gregor Robertson takes the direct free kick.

88:15 Booking

Booking Booking for Chris Lines.

88:08

Chris Lines gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Colclough.

85:59

Free kick crossed by Matt Tootle, clearance made by Adam Chicksen.

85:59 Dismissal

Dismissal Antony Kay is sent off by the referee for second bookable offence.

85:40

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matt Tootle by Antony Kay.

84:10

Free kick taken by Steve Phillips.

84:10 Substitution

Substitution Jon Otsemobor goes off and Alan Smith comes on.

84:10 Substitution

Substitution Ajay Leitch-Smith leaves the field to be replaced by Matt Tootle.

84:10

The offside flag is raised against Izale McLeod.

83:10

Assist by Chuks Aneke.

83:10 Goal scored

Goal! - Mathias Pogba - Crewe 2 - 1 MK Dons Mathias Pogba scores a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Crewe 2-1 Milton Keynes Dons.

82:48

Mathias Pogba takes a shot. Save by Ian McLoughlin.

80:52

Gregor Robertson restarts play with the free kick.

80:52 Booking

Booking Antony Kay is given a yellow card.

80:33

Antony Kay gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mathias Pogba.

79:15

Corner from the right by-line taken by Gregor Robertson, Mark Ellis gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Antony Kay. Direct free kick taken by Ian McLoughlin.

78:54

Mathias Pogba takes a shot. Darren Potter gets a block in.

77:21

Darren Potter fouled by Oliver Turton, the ref awards a free kick. Darren Potter shoots direct from the free kick,

76:16

The official flags Mathias Pogba offside. Ian McLoughlin restarts play with the free kick.

75:48

Free kick awarded for a foul by Adam Chicksen on Mathias Pogba. Harry Davis takes the free kick.

75:04

Chuks Aneke crosses the ball, clearance by Jon Otsemobor.

74:23

Gregor Robertson takes a outswinging corner.

74:04

Corner taken by Gregor Robertson from the left by-line, Izale McLeod manages to make a clearance.

73:45 Substitution

Substitution Chuks Aneke is brought on as a substitute for Nathan Ellington.

73:25

Ryan Colclough delivers the ball, Chris Lines makes a clearance.

72:43

Gregor Robertson takes a inswinging corner.

72:35

The ball is delivered by Kelvin Mellor, Shaun Williams manages to make a clearance.

71:28

The ball is swung over by Patrick Bamford.

70:47

Nathan Ellington concedes a free kick for a foul on Patrick Bamford. Shaun Williams takes the free kick.

68:06 Substitution

Substitution (Milton Keynes Dons) makes a substitution, with Izale McLeod coming on for Ryan Lowe.

67:16

The free kick is delivered right-footed by Chris Lines from left wing, Ryan Colclough makes a clearance.

67:16 Booking

Booking Booking for Harry Davis for unsporting behaviour.

67:11

Patrick Bamford fouled by Harry Davis, the ref awards a free kick.

66:24

Darren Potter challenges Ryan Colclough unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mark Ellis crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Patrick Bamford.

63:03 Substitution

Substitution (Milton Keynes Dons) makes a substitution, with George Baldock coming on for Dean Bowditch.

62:05

The ball is crossed by Oliver Turton, save by Ian McLoughlin.

61:08

Corner taken left-footed by Gregor Robertson from the left by-line, clearance by Antony Kay. Shot from just outside the box by Ryan Colclough misses to the left of the target.

60:52

Gregor Robertson produces a cross, Mathias Pogba manages to make a clearance.

60:32

Nathan Ellington sends in a cross, clearance by Shaun Williams.

59:43

Nathan Ellington concedes a free kick for a foul on Jon Otsemobor. Ian McLoughlin takes the free kick.

58:08

Gregor Robertson restarts play with the free kick.

58:08 Substitution

Substitution Oliver Turton is brought on as a substitute for Luke Murphy.

58:08

Antony Kay concedes a free kick for a foul on Nathan Ellington.

57:23

The ball is sent over by Darren Potter.

57:00

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Lines by Ajay Leitch-Smith. Chris Lines restarts play with the free kick.

54:23

Adam Chicksen fouled by Ajay Leitch-Smith, the ref awards a free kick. Adam Chicksen takes the free kick.

54:05

Nathan Ellington takes a shot. Ian McLoughlin makes a comfortable save.

52:48

Dean Bowditch delivers the ball.

52:06

Chris Lines takes a shot. Save by Steve Phillips.

50:04

Unfair challenge on Nathan Ellington by Shaun Williams results in a free kick. Nathan Ellington produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick. Foul by Luke Murphy on Stephen Gleeson, free kick awarded. Ian McLoughlin takes the free kick.

49:29

Shot from outside the box by Chris Lines hits the post. The offside flag is raised against Ryan Lowe. Steve Phillips restarts play with the free kick.

48:15

Stephen Gleeson fouled by Luke Murphy, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ian McLoughlin.

46:47

Patrick Bamford takes a shot. Save by Steve Phillips.

46:28

Stephen Gleeson fouled by Harry Davis, the ref awards a free kick. Ryan Lowe restarts play with the free kick.

45:45

Kelvin Mellor crosses the ball, Shaun Williams manages to make a clearance.

45:13

The assistant referee flags for offside against Ryan Lowe. Harry Davis takes the free kick.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:00 +2:14 Half time

Half Time The half-time whistle blows.

45:00 +1:20

Luke Murphy delivers the ball.

45:00 +0:45

Darren Potter challenges Ryan Colclough unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Luke Murphy.

44:54

The ball is delivered by Stephen Gleeson, Mark Ellis manages to make a clearance.

41:39

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Ian McLoughlin.

39:59 Booking

Booking Darren Potter goes into the book for dissent.

39:15

Assist on the goal came from Gregor Robertson.

39:15 Goal scored

Goal! - Mathias Pogba - Crewe 1 - 1 MK Dons Mathias Pogba scores a headed goal from close range. Crewe 1-1 Milton Keynes Dons.

38:45

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Gregor Robertson, Dean Bowditch manages to make a clearance. The ball is swung over by Gregor Robertson,

38:25

Nathan Ellington takes a shot. Save by Ian McLoughlin.

37:49

Unfair challenge on Luke Murphy by Darren Potter results in a free kick. Steve Phillips takes the free kick.

35:37

Outswinging corner taken by Gregor Robertson, Mark Ellis takes a shot. Adam Chicksen gets a block in.

35:28

Mathias Pogba delivers the ball, Antony Kay makes a clearance.

34:30

Effort on goal by Ryan Lowe from just inside the area clears the bar.

33:43

Patrick Bamford fouled by Gregor Robertson, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Chris Lines.

32:49

Patrick Bamford takes a shot. Brilliant save by Steve Phillips. Shot from deep inside the area by Darren Potter clears the bar.

30:31

Assist by Ryan Lowe.

30:31 Goal scored

Goal! - Patrick Bamford - Crewe 0 - 1 MK Dons Patrick Bamford scores a headed goal from inside the box. Crewe 0-1 Milton Keynes Dons.

30:25

The ball is swung over by Ryan Lowe,

30:09

The ball is delivered by Ryan Lowe, Harry Davis manages to make a clearance.

28:05

Ryan Lowe is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Steve Phillips takes the indirect free kick.

24:49

Patrick Bamford gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mathias Pogba. Free kick taken by Gregor Robertson.

23:31

Mathias Pogba produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.

23:17

Centre by Kelvin Mellor, Darren Potter manages to make a clearance.

22:28

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Dean Bowditch, Darren Potter takes a shot. Harry Davis gets a block in.

22:22

Dean Bowditch crosses the ball, Mark Ellis gets a block in.

19:10

Luke Murphy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen Gleeson. Direct free kick taken by Shaun Williams.

17:13

Free kick awarded for a foul by Dean Bowditch on Kelvin Mellor. Direct free kick taken by Harry Davis.

16:02

Free kick awarded for a foul by Kelvin Mellor on Patrick Bamford. Free kick crossed right-footed by Dean Bowditch, Kelvin Mellor manages to make a clearance.

13:43

The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Mark Ellis.

12:16

Nathan Ellington fouled by Chris Lines, the ref awards a free kick. Mark Ellis takes the free kick.

11:34

A cross is delivered by Kelvin Mellor, save made by Ian McLoughlin.

11:18

The ball is crossed by Mathias Pogba, clearance by Shaun Williams.

9:45

Unfair challenge on Mark Ellis by Ryan Lowe results in a free kick. Mark Ellis restarts play with the free kick.

8:47

Shot by Dean Bowditch from outside the box goes over the net.

7:59

Foul by Chris Lines on Luke Murphy, free kick awarded. Gregor Robertson takes the direct free kick.

7:35

Ryan Lowe takes a shot. Blocked by Kelvin Mellor.

5:42

The offside flag is raised against Nathan Ellington. Antony Kay takes the free kick.

5:05

Ajay Leitch-Smith gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Darren Potter. Free kick taken by Darren Potter.

2:12

The ball is sent over by Gregor Robertson, Dean Bowditch makes a clearance.

0:43

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Ryan Colclough, Shot from just outside the area by Mathias Pogba goes over the bar.

0:31

Ryan Colclough takes a shot. Ian McLoughlin makes a save.

0:00

The referee gets the game underway.

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