Dean Lewington's stoppage-time winner capped an amazing comeback by MK Dons as they fought back from 2-0 down to claim victory at struggling Stevenage.

The hosts were in control at half-time when Dean Parrett's well-taken opener was added to by Lucas Akins' penalty.

But with 10 minutes left Jordan Spence forced the ball in from close range.

Ben Reeves brought MK Dons level from 30 yards four minutes later before defender Lewington rose highest to head home a Reeves corner.

The victory puts Karl Robinson's side within three points of the play-off places, while Stevenage are two points from safety.

Stevenage boss Graham Westley told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"It's the old cliche - the game of two halves. We knew conditions would be a factor in the game. A right-left wind as we looked at it. We felt it was important to take the initiative and get the conditions with us in the first half.

"We all know the danger of the 2-0 scoreline. On the one hand you feel like you've got something that you really need to protect, and on the other you know that you've got to keep taking the game forward.

"I think the difficulty in the second half was we had a narrow three at the back and Daisy (Stevenage goal keeper Chris Day) was struggling to reach the halfway line with his kicks, and the ball kept coming back at us. We changed shape to try and deal with that, but we weren't really positive enough with our game.

"The way we look at it, 13 decent enough halves of football, and a horrible second half. There's no point dwelling on that, it's not going to help us. Everybody is a little bit bewildered, but it's the 13 halves of football before that that we're going to focus on."

MK Dons boss Karl Robinson told BBC Three Counties:

"What played a massive part today was how strong that wind was - it was right down the pitch, and in the first half we struggled to get out. And also our work ethic wasn't great either.

"Stevenage played an awful lot more football in the first half and made it difficult for us to get anywhere near them. They played a different system and I had to change things at half time, dig deep tactically as well.

"I could have changed any player on that pitch [at half time]. And the ones who stayed, I said 'listen, you're probably lucky to stay on, but now it's down to you to do the right thing second half.' I thought the subs who came on made a massive difference.

"Dele Alli second half was sensational. He keeps pulling things out of the bag. I'm running short on players, and staff, and we still keep winning."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Stevenage

  • 16 Day
  • 22 Obeng
  • 09 Charles
  • 15 Freeman
  • 05 Ashton
  • 04 Dembele
  • 20 Smith
  • 13 Parrett (Doughty - 61' Booked )
  • 12 Zoko
  • 11 Akins (Morais - 96' )
  • 08 Mousinho (Burrow - 96' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Arnold
  • 02 Wedgbury
  • 07 Morais
  • 10 Burrow
  • 23 Reid
  • 24 Doughty
  • 29 Hartley

Milton Keynes Dons

  • 01 Martin
  • 03 Lewington
  • 12 Reeves
  • 18 Baldock
  • 24 Kay
  • 17 Powell (Bowditch - 45' )
  • 14 Alli
  • 23 Spence
  • 13 McLeod (Loveridge - 45' )
  • 27 Odelusi (Galloway - 72' Booked )
  • 11 Smith Booked

Substitutes

  • 09 Bowditch
  • 15 Randall
  • 19 Galloway
  • 20 Rasulo
  • 21 Hall
  • 22 Loveridge
  • 50 Burns
Ref: Fred Graham
Att: 3,027

Match Stats

Shots

7 13

On target

3 5

Corners

8 10

Fouls

9 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Stevenage 2, MK Dons 3.

90:00 +8:41 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Stevenage 2, MK Dons 3.

90:00 +5:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stevenage. Jordan Burrow replaces John Mousinho.

90:00 +5:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stevenage. Filipe Morais replaces Lucas Akins.

90:00 +4:27 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Stevenage 2, MK Dons 3. Dean Lewington (MK Dons) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ben Reeves with a cross.

90:00 +4:10

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Jon Ashton.

90:00 +3:49

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Bira Dembele.

90:00 +3:02

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

90:00 +3:02

Foul by Darius Charles (Stevenage).

90:00 +0:36 Booking

Booking Alan Smith (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +0:33

Foul by Alan Smith (MK Dons).

90:00 +0:33

Francois Zoko (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:38

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

89:38

Foul by Francois Zoko (Stevenage).

87:40 Booking

Booking Michael Doughty (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

87:31

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

87:31

Foul by Michael Doughty (Stevenage).

85:30

Foul by Bamidele Alli (MK Dons).

85:30

Darius Charles (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

85:05

Attempt saved. James Loveridge (MK Dons) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

84:00 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Stevenage 2, MK Dons 2. Ben Reeves (MK Dons) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner.

80:21 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Stevenage 2, MK Dons 1. Jordan Spence (MK Dons) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal.

79:36

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Francois Zoko.

79:22

Attempt blocked. Bamidele Alli (MK Dons) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

78:14

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Chris Day.

78:05

Attempt saved. George Baldock (MK Dons) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

74:14

Foul by Jimmy Smith (Stevenage).

74:14

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

72:39

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by George Baldock.

71:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, MK Dons. Brendan Galloway replaces Sanmi Odelusi.

70:01

Attempt missed. Sanmi Odelusi (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

67:50

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Alan Smith.

65:59

Attempt missed. George Baldock (MK Dons) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

60:46 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stevenage. Michael Doughty replaces Dean Parrett because of an injury.

58:42

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

58:42

Foul by Dean Parrett (Stevenage).

57:00

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Bamidele Alli.

56:50

Attempt blocked. Lucas Akins (Stevenage) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

55:10

Foul by Alan Smith (MK Dons).

55:10

John Mousinho (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:37

Attempt missed. Alan Smith (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

53:53

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by John Mousinho.

53:33

Hand ball by Lucas Akins (Stevenage).

51:07

Foul by Jordan Spence (MK Dons).

51:07

Luke Freeman (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the right wing.

48:29

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Dean Parrett.

48:18

Bamidele Alli (MK Dons) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

46:35

Attempt missed. James Loveridge (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

45:00

Second Half begins Stevenage 2, MK Dons 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, MK Dons. Dean Bowditch replaces Daniel Powell.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, MK Dons. James Loveridge replaces Izale McLeod.

45:00 +1:56 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Stevenage 2, MK Dons 0.

42:55

Luke Freeman (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the right wing.

42:55

Foul by Alan Smith (MK Dons).

42:06

Attempt missed. Darius Charles (Stevenage) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

41:13

Jimmy Smith (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:13

Foul by Daniel Powell (MK Dons).

40:37

John Mousinho (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

40:37

Foul by Izale McLeod (MK Dons).

39:44

Foul by Bira Dembele (Stevenage).

39:44

Daniel Powell (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the left wing.

38:26

Attempt blocked. Francois Zoko (Stevenage) header from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.

34:08 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Stevenage 2, MK Dons 0. Lucas Akins (Stevenage) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.

33:36

Penalty Stevenage. Lucas Akins draws a foul in the penalty area.

33:36

Penalty conceded by Anthony Kay (MK Dons) after a foul in the penalty area.

33:07

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Anthony Kay.

30:22

Attempt missed. Ben Reeves (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

29:41

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Luke Freeman.

26:43

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Anthony Kay.

25:52

Craig Reid (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

25:52

Foul by Jordan Spence (MK Dons).

23:24

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Alan Smith.

22:50

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Daniel Powell.

21:47

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Jordan Spence.

19:57

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by John Mousinho.

19:32

Foul by Lucas Akins (Stevenage).

19:32

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

17:17 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Stevenage 1, MK Dons 0. Dean Parrett (Stevenage) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the bottom left corner.

14:49

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Lucas Akins.

14:05

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Jon Ashton.

13:23

Attempt missed. Francois Zoko (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

11:21

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

9:35

Foul by Francois Zoko (Stevenage).

9:35

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

6:33

Attempt saved. Lucas Akins (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

6:04

Lucas Akins (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6:04

Foul by Jordan Spence (MK Dons).

2:42

Foul by Bamidele Alli (MK Dons).

2:42

Jimmy Smith (Stevenage) 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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