Goals from Stephen Gleeson and Patrick Bamford helped MK Dons to victory at 10-man Crawley.

Gleeson opened the scoring on 22 minutes with a spectacular shot from the edge of the area after the hosts failed to clear from a corner.

The Dons doubled their lead after the break when Bamford latched onto Dale Jennings' through ball to claim his 16th goal of the season.

Crawley's Billy Clarke was sent off for a late challenge on Lee Hodson.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Crawley Town manager John Gregory told BBC Sussex:

"It was hard on us really. They had one shot in the first half and two in the second but the goals were both clinical.

"The first one's flown in from a long distance and 2-0 flattered them.

"It looked a red card to me. Billy had left the ground and it looked like a two-footed challenge from where I was. I might be wrong but it looked as if it was a straight red."

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"Getting a goal in each half is all I can ask as a manager. The goals were unbelievable goals. There were one or two bits I wasn't happy with, but we'll go away and work on them and come back a better team for the Brentford game.

"We're doing all right. We're still nowhere near where we want to be, there's still a lot more still to come. But we just looked comfortable today if I'm being honest.

"This pitch shouldn't be allowed to be played on to an extent. But we've played on it. Last year we went to Yeovil and got beat. In months gone by we probably would have lost this game. It just shows the togetherness in the group that they've managed to keep a clean sheet and score two goals."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (5)

Crawley Town

  • 01 Jones
  • 02 Hurst
  • 03 Sadler
  • 15 Bulman (Torres - 41' )
  • 12 Walsh
  • 04 Connolly
  • 16 Adams (Proctor - 15' Booked )
  • 10 Drury
  • 09 Alexander
  • 07 Clarke Dismissed
  • 21 Jones

Substitutes

  • 06 Essam
  • 08 Torres
  • 14 Proctor
  • 20 Sinclair
  • 23 Smith
  • 24 Malins
  • 25 Maddison

Milton Keynes Dons

  • 01 Martin
  • 05 Hodson
  • 03 Lewington Booked
  • 08 Potter
  • 23 Spence
  • 06 Williams (Kay - 55' Booked )
  • 22 Carruthers
  • 12 Reeves
  • 15 Bamford (Smith - 91' )
  • 26 Jennings (Baldock - 67' )
  • 07 Gleeson Booked

Substitutes

  • 04 Flanagan
  • 11 Smith
  • 16 McLoughlin
  • 18 Baldock
  • 19 Galloway
  • 21 Banton
  • 24 Kay
Ref: Seb Stockbridge
Att: 3,249

Match Stats

Shots

10 10

On target

2 4

Corners

2 4

Fouls

12 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Crawley Town 0, MK Dons 2.

90:00 +5:03 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Crawley Town 0, MK Dons 2.

90:00 +4:31

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Michael Jones.

90:00 +4:00

George Baldock (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +3:54

Foul by James Hurst (Crawley Town).

90:00 +2:15

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Sergio Torres.

90:00 +1:35

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Mark Connolly.

90:00 +0:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, MK Dons. Alan Smith replaces Patrick Bamford.

90:00 +0:33

Attempt missed. Sergio Torres (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

89:22

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

84:02 Dismissal

Dismissal Billy Clarke (Crawley Town) is shown the red card for a bad foul.

83:51

Foul by Billy Clarke (Crawley Town).

83:51

Lee Hodson (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

82:47

Hand ball by Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town).

79:18

Attempt saved. Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

78:29

Attempt missed. Samir Carruthers (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

75:54

Foul by Sergio Torres (Crawley Town).

75:54

Ben Reeves (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

73:58

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Anthony Kay.

72:54

Billy Clarke (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

72:54

Foul by Darren Potter (MK Dons).

72:12

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

66:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, MK Dons. George Baldock replaces Dale Jennings.

66:02

Sergio Torres (Crawley Town) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box.

62:17 Booking

Booking Stephen Gleeson (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card.

61:44 Booking

Booking Anthony Kay (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card.

61:36 Booking

Booking Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card.

58:09 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Crawley Town 0, MK Dons 2. Patrick Bamford (MK Dons) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Dale Jennings.

56:33

Attempt missed. Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

54:57 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, MK Dons. Anthony Kay replaces Shaun Williams because of an injury.

53:27

Attempt missed. Samir Carruthers (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

52:37

Attempt missed. Gary Alexander (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

46:52

Foul by Andy Drury (Crawley Town).

46:52

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

45:00

Second Half begins Crawley Town 0, MK Dons 1.

45:00 +4:09 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Crawley Town 0, MK Dons 1.

45:00 +3:08

Michael Jones (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00 +3:08

Foul by Ben Reeves (MK Dons).

45:00 +2:12

Gary Alexander (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

45:00 +2:12

Foul by Stephen Gleeson (MK Dons).

45:00 +1:28

Attempt missed. Sergio Torres (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

44:51

Attempt missed. Joe Walsh (Crawley Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

44:23

Matthew Sadler (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

44:23

Foul by Samir Carruthers (MK Dons).

42:05

Foul by Gary Alexander (Crawley Town).

42:05

Shaun Williams (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:26

Foul by James Hurst (Crawley Town).

41:26

Dale Jennings (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:50

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

40:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crawley Town. Sergio Torres replaces Dannie Bulman because of an injury.

39:48

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

38:14

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

38:13

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

36:45

Delay in match Dannie Bulman (Crawley Town) because of an injury.

34:37

Foul by Matthew Sadler (Crawley Town).

34:37

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

30:28

Foul by Andy Drury (Crawley Town).

30:28

Dale Jennings (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the right wing.

29:41

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

26:19

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Samir Carruthers.

22:16

Attempt missed. Dannie Bulman (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

21:46 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Crawley Town 0, MK Dons 1. Stephen Gleeson (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

21:08

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Joe Walsh.

20:54

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

19:39

Mark Connolly (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:39

Foul by Ben Reeves (MK Dons).

17:24

Foul by Joe Walsh (Crawley Town).

17:24

Stephen Gleeson (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:36

Dean Lewington (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the right wing.

15:36

Foul by Gary Alexander (Crawley Town).

14:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crawley Town. Jamie Proctor replaces Nicky Adams because of an injury.

9:49

Darren Potter (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:49

Foul by Dannie Bulman (Crawley Town).

8:15 Booking

Booking Dean Lewington (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card.

7:52

Foul by Dean Lewington (MK Dons).

7:52

Nicky Adams (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

6:36

Attempt saved. Gary Alexander (Crawley Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

5:56

Michael Jones (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5:56

Foul by Dean Lewington (MK Dons).

4:51

Foul by Lee Hodson (MK Dons).

4:51

Nicky Adams (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:05

Attempt missed. Nicky Adams (Crawley Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

1:32

Foul by Patrick Bamford (MK Dons).

1:32

Joe Walsh (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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