Veteran striker Ryan Lowe had three goals ruled out for offside as MK Dons' faint play-off hopes took a major blow.

They dominated the first half as Lowe hit the net with a header and a tap-in and he then fired home from close range after the break, only to be flagged offside again.

Crawley were a threat on the break with striker Billy Clarke, who twice missed the target when well placed.

MK ended seven points off the top six, with Crawley three points further back.

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MK Dons manager Karl Robinson told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"I've got a lot of respect for Richie Barker and his team, but I think we pummelled them today. We've got to more clinical and we understand that.

"I think we could not do any more than what we've done. It's a more dominant performance than you're going to see anywhere up and down the country.

"We're not out of it [play-off contention]. Simple as that. It's no holds barred now - we've got to win the (remaining) games."

Crawley Town manager Richie Barker told BBC Sussex:

"It wasn't through a lack of spirit and hard work. It was a very patched-up team, thrown together, and I thought the second half [display] was excellent.

"I think that's probably the first game in about eleven we've not dominated. It's nice we've come away in a different way and picked up a point.

"As the game went on you could see them rallying each other on. We made sure we had a clean sheet and to be fair they kept going."

Match Stats

Shots

23 8

On target

12 4

Corners

9 3

Fouls

12 14

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:33 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +3:51

Jon Otsemobor takes a shot. Blocked by Sergio Torres.

90:00 +1:29

Mathias Doumbe takes a shot. Mark Connolly makes a clearance.

90:00 +1:29 Substitution

Substitution (Crawley Town) makes a substitution, with Mark Connolly coming on for Nicky Adams.

90:00 +1:29 Substitution

Substitution David Hunt joins the action as a substitute, replacing Mike Jones.

90:00 +1:29

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

89:43

Darren Potter gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jamie Proctor. Free kick crossed right-footed by Mat Sadler, clearance by Darren Potter. The ball is sent over by Mat Sadler.

87:43

Ryan Lowe fouled by Mustapha Dumbuya, the ref awards a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Dean Bowditch from the free kick.

86:43

Dean Bowditch produces a cross, save made by Paul Jones.

85:30

Dean Bowditch concedes a free kick for a foul on Mat Sadler. Direct free kick taken by Mat Sadler.

84:54

Ryan Lowe is caught offside. Paul Jones restarts play with the free kick.

83:51

Effort on goal by Shaun Williams from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

82:54

Headed effort from inside the area by Patrick Bamford misses to the left of the target.

82:16

Free kick awarded for a foul by Joe Walsh on Patrick Bamford. Darren Potter takes the free kick.

81:18

Effort from the edge of the box by Darren Potter goes wide of the left-hand post.

78:42

Luke Chadwick takes a shot. Blocked by Joe Walsh. Corner taken by Shaun Williams, save made by Paul Jones. Dean Bowditch takes the outswinging corner, Mike Jones makes a clearance. Corner taken by Shaun Williams.

78:09

Sergio Torres concedes a free kick for a foul on Jon Otsemobor. Free kick taken by Mathias Doumbe.

77:10

Adam Chicksen produces a cross, clearance made by Joe Walsh.

76:21

Jamie Proctor challenges Shaun Williams unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ian McLoughlin takes the direct free kick.

75:41

The ball is sent over by Adam Chicksen. Luke Chadwick produces a cross. Jon Otsemobor sends in a cross.

74:24

A cross is delivered by Jamie Proctor, clearance made by Shaun Williams.

73:16

Shot by Dean Bowditch. Save made by Paul Jones. The assistant referee signals for offside against Jamie Proctor. Indirect free kick taken by Ian McLoughlin.

71:05 Substitution

Substitution Jamie Proctor comes on in place of Paul Hayes.

69:35

The free kick is delivered right-footed by Ryan Lowe from right channel, Dannie Bulman gets a block in.

69:35 Booking

Booking Mat Sadler booked.

69:05

Patrick Bamford fouled by Mat Sadler, the ref awards a free kick. Patrick Bamford takes the direct free kick. Patrick Bamford fouled by Mat Sadler, the ref awards a free kick.

68:25

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sergio Torres by Shaun Williams. Free kick taken by Mustapha Dumbuya.

68:08

Stephen Gleeson takes a shot. Blocked by Connor Essam.

65:55

Billy Clarke takes a shot. Save by Ian McLoughlin.

63:55

Jon Otsemobor produces a cross, Mat Sadler gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Shaun Williams from the right by-line.

63:31

Mike Jones gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luke Chadwick. Darren Potter restarts play with the free kick.

62:54

A cross is delivered by Luke Chadwick, Paul Jones makes a comfortable save.

62:07

Mat Sadler sends in a cross, Mathias Doumbe makes a clearance.

61:48

Nicky Adams sends in a cross, clearance by Shaun Williams.

60:05

Nicky Adams crosses the ball in from the free kick, Jon Otsemobor manages to make a clearance. Darren Potter gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sergio Torres. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Nicky Adams from left channel, clearance made by Darren Potter.

60:05 Booking

Booking The referee shows Adam Chicksen a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

59:48

Billy Clarke fouled by Adam Chicksen, the ref awards a free kick.

59:06 Substitution

Substitution Daniel Powell leaves the field to be replaced by Luke Chadwick.

59:06

Mike Jones takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.

58:00

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sergio Torres by Darren Potter. Joe Walsh restarts play with the free kick.

56:41

Handball decision goes against Patrick Bamford. Paul Jones takes the direct free kick.

56:02

Free kick awarded for a foul by Nicky Adams on Darren Potter. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Gleeson.

54:00

Shaun Williams takes a shot. Save made by Paul Jones. Outswinging corner taken by Dean Bowditch from the left by-line, Mat Sadler makes a clearance.

50:57

Outswinging corner taken by Nicky Adams from the right by-line, Foul by Mike Jones on Dean Bowditch, free kick awarded. Ian McLoughlin takes the free kick. Ryan Lowe has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.

49:24

Dean Bowditch concedes a free kick for a foul on Nicky Adams. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Nicky Adams, Mathias Doumbe manages to make a clearance.

46:18

Mustapha Dumbuya delivers the ball, blocked by Shaun Williams. Nicky Adams takes a shot. Shaun Williams gets a block in. Nicky Adams takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Stephen Gleeson. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Nicky Adams, Foul by Stephen Gleeson on Paul Jones, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Paul Jones.

45:46

Paul Hayes is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Shaun Williams.

45:11

The assistant referee flags for offside against Paul Hayes. Indirect free kick taken by Mathias Doumbe.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:00 +1:28 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

45:00 +0:42

Darren Potter takes a shot. Blocked by Dannie Bulman.

44:53

Patrick Bamford has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.

44:21

Nicky Adams produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.

43:15

Dean Bowditch sends in a cross, Close range shot by Daniel Powell goes over the bar.

41:17

Shaun Williams takes a shot. Ian McLoughlin makes a save. The official flags Ryan Lowe offside. Paul Jones takes the free kick.

39:55

Patrick Bamford takes a shot. Joe Walsh gets a block in.

39:06

The ball is swung over by Jon Otsemobor.

35:58

Nicky Adams delivers the ball.

34:36

Centre by Adam Chicksen, Mat Sadler manages to make a clearance. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Shaun Williams, Connor Essam manages to make a clearance.

32:55

Foul by Dean Bowditch on Mustapha Dumbuya, free kick awarded. Paul Jones takes the free kick.

32:26

Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Billy Clarke goes wide of the right-hand upright.

31:33

Patrick Bamford produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.

30:45

Billy Clarke takes a shot. Save by Ian McLoughlin.

29:51

Billy Clarke takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.

27:08

Jon Otsemobor sends in a cross, Ryan Lowe takes a shot. Brilliant save by Paul Jones. Outswinging corner taken by Dean Bowditch from the right by-line, clearance made by Connor Essam. Shot from long range by Dean Bowditch goes wide of the left-hand upright.

25:04

The assistant referee flags for offside against Mat Sadler. Ian McLoughlin restarts play with the free kick.

23:19

Unfair challenge on Patrick Bamford by Sergio Torres results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jon Otsemobor.

20:48

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Patrick Bamford by Joe Walsh. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Shaun Williams, clearance by Paul Hayes.

19:18

The ball is crossed by Nicky Adams, save by Ian McLoughlin.

18:26

Adam Chicksen produces a cross, save by Paul Jones.

15:21

Stephen Gleeson delivers the ball, Joe Walsh makes a clearance.

14:41

Foul by Mathias Doumbe on Paul Jones, free kick awarded. Paul Jones takes the direct free kick.

13:01

Foul by Connor Essam on Patrick Bamford, free kick awarded. Dean Bowditch takes the direct free kick. Corner taken right-footed by Dean Bowditch from the left by-line, Paul Jones makes a save.

12:42

Nicky Adams takes a shot. Blocked by Shaun Williams.

12:07

Effort on goal by Ryan Lowe from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

10:53

Nicky Adams is caught offside. Jon Otsemobor takes the free kick.

8:32

Mustapha Dumbuya concedes a free kick for a foul on Dean Bowditch. Shot on goal comes in from Shaun Williams from the free kick, Mike Jones gets a block in.

7:36

Foul by Daniel Powell on Dannie Bulman, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Paul Jones.

6:49

Sergio Torres fouled by Darren Potter, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Dannie Bulman.

6:26

Patrick Bamford takes a shot. Paul Jones makes a save.

5:58

Ryan Lowe crosses the ball, Connor Essam makes a clearance.

5:26

The referee blows for offside against Ryan Lowe. Direct free kick taken by Connor Essam.

2:53

Stephen Gleeson fouled by Sergio Torres, the ref awards a free kick. Strike comes in from Patrick Bamford from the free kick. The assistant referee signals for offside against Ryan Lowe. Free kick taken by Paul Jones.

2:23

The referee gives a free kick against Dannie Bulman for handball. Stephen Gleeson takes the free kick.

0:24

The ball is sent over by Dean Bowditch, save made by Paul Jones.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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