Ben Reeves' strike ended non-league Dover's FA Cup run and earned MK Dons a place in the third round.

Reeves struck in the second half after a first period of few chances in which Jason Banton fired wide for the hosts.

But Reeves found the net from inside the box with a decent finish while Patrick Bamford went close soon after.

George Baldock saw one shot fly just wide and another saved while Dover's Sean Raggett also hit his own post as Bamford missed an open goal late on.

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MK Dons boss Karl Robinson told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"It wasn't convincing, let's not hide that fact, but we're through to the third round.

"Arguably we were by far the better team, but we looked like we lacked a little bit of confidence, a little bit of an edge, a little bit of fluency to our play.

"At the moment we are picking at bare bones. But the young players have dug deep today; I thought Samir Carruthers was outstanding. Today he's really shown me his coming of age."

Dover manager Chris Kinnear told BBC Radio Kent:

"I'm disappointed, I thought the last ten minutes we really had a go and the chances we had, I think we could have got something, the lads have gone home disappointed.

"They should be Championship or Premier League looking at this place. Our lads have got to go back to work Monday, they've just come back from Dubai so it's a little bit different.

"We came here to have a go, you have to defend but why sit back and wait for them to score, but maybe we were over confident."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Milton Keynes Dons

  • 01 Martin (McLoughlin - 77' )
  • 05 Hodson Booked
  • 03 Lewington
  • 11 Smith
  • 23 Spence
  • 06 Williams Booked
  • 22 Carruthers (Galloway - 77' )
  • 07 Gleeson
  • 15 Bamford
  • 12 Reeves
  • 21 Banton (Baldock - 45' )

Substitutes

  • 04 Flanagan
  • 16 McLoughlin
  • 18 Baldock
  • 19 Galloway
  • 20 Rasulo

Dover Athletic

  • 01 Walker
  • 02 Stone
  • 03 Wynter
  • 04 Kinnear (Orlu - 90' )
  • 06 Forbes
  • 05 Raggett
  • 07 Modeste (Bakare - 57' )
  • 08 Rogers
  • 09 Elder
  • 10 Cogan
  • 11 Murphy (Charles - 86' )

Substitutes

  • 12 Charles
  • 14 Bakare
  • 15 Orlu
  • 16 Kamara
  • 17 Woodall
  • 18 Hook
  • 19 Carew
Ref: Lee Collins
Att: 4,060

Match Stats

Shots

27 9

On target

7 3

Corners

8 3

Fouls

7 7

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, MK Dons 1, Dover Athletic 0.

90:00 +5:25 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, MK Dons 1, Dover Athletic 0.

90:00 +5:06

Attempt saved. Michael Bakare (Dover Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

90:00 +3:33

Attempt missed. Tom Wynter (Dover Athletic) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

90:00 +2:58

Corner, Dover Athletic. Conceded by Lee Hodson.

90:00 +2:32

Foul by Brendan Galloway (MK Dons).

90:00 +2:32

James Rogers (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +1:54

Foul by Ben Reeves (MK Dons).

90:00 +1:54

Tom Wynter (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +0:18

Attempt missed. Sean Raggett (Dover Athletic) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

89:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Dover Athletic. Richard Orlu replaces Chris Kinnear.

89:19

Foul by George Baldock (MK Dons).

89:19

James Rogers (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:26

Attempt missed. Patrick Bamford (MK Dons) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

86:27

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Craig Stone.

85:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Dover Athletic. Elliott Charles replaces Tom Murphy.

83:07 Booking

Booking Shaun Williams (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card.

82:46

Corner, Dover Athletic. Conceded by Ben Reeves.

81:22

Attempt saved. Dean Lewington (MK Dons) header from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

79:53

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Sean Raggett.

76:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, MK Dons. Brendan Galloway replaces Samir Carruthers because of an injury.

76:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, MK Dons. Ian McLoughlin replaces David Martin because of an injury.

75:08

Attempt blocked. Stephen Gleeson (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

74:11

Attempt missed. Ben Reeves (MK Dons) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left.

69:48

Attempt missed. Nathan Elder (Dover Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

68:34

Attempt missed. Samir Carruthers (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

67:28

Attempt missed. Samir Carruthers (MK Dons) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left.

65:30

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Mitchell Walker.

65:10

Attempt saved. George Baldock (MK Dons) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

63:56

Attempt missed. George Baldock (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

60:56

Corner, Dover Athletic. Conceded by Lee Hodson.

58:54

Hand ball by Nathan Elder (Dover Athletic).

58:28

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Craig Stone.

56:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Dover Athletic. Michael Bakare replaces Ricky Modeste.

55:36

Attempt saved. George Baldock (MK Dons) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner.

54:42

Foul by Alan Smith (MK Dons).

54:42

James Rogers (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

53:49

Attempt missed. Patrick Bamford (MK Dons) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

53:01

Attempt missed. Stephen Gleeson (MK Dons) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

52:14

Samir Carruthers (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:14

Foul by Sean Raggett (Dover Athletic).

50:10 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! MK Dons 1, Dover Athletic 0. Ben Reeves (MK Dons) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by George Baldock.

49:19

Hand ball by Barry Cogan (Dover Athletic).

45:00

Second Half begins MK Dons 0, Dover Athletic 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, MK Dons. George Baldock replaces Jason Banton.

45:00 +2:48 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, MK Dons 0, Dover Athletic 0.

45:00 +1:57

Attempt missed. Jason Banton (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

43:12

Attempt saved. Sean Raggett (Dover Athletic) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

41:24

Attempt blocked. Patrick Bamford (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

39:57

Attempt missed. Craig Stone (Dover Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

37:36

Attempt missed. Shaun Williams (MK Dons) header from very close range is too high.

36:54

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Tom Wynter.

35:39

Attempt missed. Alan Smith (MK Dons) header from the centre of the box misses to the right following a set piece situation.

35:00

Samir Carruthers (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:56

Foul by James Rogers (Dover Athletic).

34:28

Attempt saved. Stephen Gleeson (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

33:26

Patrick Bamford (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:26

Foul by Terrell Forbes (Dover Athletic).

32:41

Attempt missed. Barry Cogan (Dover Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

31:09

Foul by Dean Lewington (MK Dons).

31:09

James Rogers (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:30

Nathan Elder (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:21

Foul by Lee Hodson (MK Dons).

29:39

Attempt missed. Ben Reeves (MK Dons) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left.

29:21

Attempt blocked. Lee Hodson (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

29:10

Attempt blocked. Jason Banton (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

27:46

Attempt missed. Barry Cogan (Dover Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

27:31

Attempt saved. Nathan Elder (Dover Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

26:03

Attempt missed. Patrick Bamford (MK Dons) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

22:43

Attempt missed. Shaun Williams (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner from a direct free kick.

22:07

Patrick Bamford (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:07

Foul by Sean Raggett (Dover Athletic).

21:02

Foul by Alan Smith (MK Dons).

21:02

James Rogers (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

18:39

Attempt missed. Jason Banton (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

10:01

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Chris Kinnear.

9:45

Attempt blocked. Samir Carruthers (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

6:05

Attempt missed. Patrick Bamford (MK Dons) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

5:10

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Mitchell Walker.

4:49

Attempt saved. Jason Banton (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

4:08

Attempt saved. Patrick Bamford (MK Dons) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

2:21

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Tom Murphy.

1:10

Dean Lewington (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:10

Foul by Barry Cogan (Dover Athletic).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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