Craig Fagan scored the only goal as Gillingham snatched victory at MK Dons to dent the home side's League One play-off hopes.

After a poor first period, the Gills began the second half brightly.

Myles Weston's shot was pushed out by David Martin and from the rebound Cody McDonald found Fagan, who swept the ball into the far corner.

The closest the Dons came to an equaliser was when Dean Bowditch's shot was headed away by Leon Legge.

MK Dons have not scored in four home games and are three points behind sixth-place Peterborough, who lost 3-1 against Preston on Tuesday.

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"I thought our build-up play and style was excellent.

"They've had one shot on target and beat us 1-0.

"It's not good enough in the final third of the pitch. We just didn't take full advantage of the positions we got ourselves into, it's as basic as that.

"MK Dons were by far the better team, we played relatively well, we dominated in all areas."

Gillingham manager Peter Taylor told BBC Radio Kent:

"MK Dons are a very good team but I couldn't ask any more from the players in the way they worked.

"We defended as a team and I'm not convinced there was a real clear-cut chance for MK Dons. They fought magnificently as a group.

"It was like a defending session that we do on a Thursday and you overload the team - that's what MK Dons were doing. It was like they had more players than us.

"It's a brilliant night for us. The players have a couple of days off and they deserve it."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (3)

Milton Keynes Dons

  • 01 Martin
  • 18 Baldock
  • 03 Lewington
  • 14 Alli
  • 23 Spence
  • 24 Kay
  • 21 Hall (Powell - 54' )
  • 11 Smith
  • 13 McLeod (Loveridge - 64' )
  • 12 Reeves
  • 27 Odelusi (Bowditch - 54' )

Substitutes

  • 09 Bowditch
  • 15 Randall
  • 17 Powell
  • 19 Galloway
  • 20 Rasulo
  • 26 Loveridge
  • 50 Burns

Gillingham

  • 01 Nelson
  • 29 Hewitt
  • 03 Martin
  • 04 Linganzi
  • 06 Legge
  • 26 Barrett
  • 23 Harriman
  • 12 Gregory
  • 27 Fagan
  • 10 McDonald
  • 11 Weston

Substitutes

  • 08 Akinfenwa
  • 15 Dack
  • 17 Birchall
  • 18 Lee
  • 24 Inniss
  • 31 Hessenthaler
  • 35 Baxter
Ref: Carl Berry
Att: 6,760

Match Stats

Shots

14 4

On target

3 3

Corners

12 2

Fouls

5 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, MK Dons 0, Gillingham 1.

90:00 +3:41 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, MK Dons 0, Gillingham 1.

90:00 +2:55

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

89:20

Attempt missed. Alan Smith (MK Dons) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

86:03

Foul by Bamidele Alli (MK Dons).

86:03

Craig Fagan (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

82:17

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Leon Legge.

82:04

Attempt blocked. Dean Bowditch (MK Dons) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

81:09

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Adam Barrett.

77:19

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Michael Harriman.

75:27

Anthony Kay (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the right wing.

75:27

Foul by Cody McDonald (Gillingham).

75:00

Attempt saved. Alan Smith (MK Dons) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

72:29

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Joe Martin.

69:26

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Amine Linganzi.

69:12

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

68:42

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Myles Weston.

64:37

Jordan Spence (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

64:37

Foul by Cody McDonald (Gillingham).

63:09 Substitution

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

62:04

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

58:39

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Leon Legge.

57:09

Foul by Dean Bowditch (MK Dons).

57:09

Michael Harriman (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

56:04

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

56:04

Foul by Michael Harriman (Gillingham).

53:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, MK Dons. Dean Bowditch replaces Sanmi Odelusi.

53:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, MK Dons. Daniel Powell replaces Ryan Hall.

52:40

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

49:21 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! MK Dons 0, Gillingham 1. Craig Fagan (Gillingham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Cody McDonald.

49:03

Attempt saved. Myles Weston (Gillingham) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

46:44

Izale McLeod (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:44

Foul by Craig Fagan (Gillingham).

45:35

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by George Baldock.

45:18

Attempt saved. Cody McDonald (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

45:00

Second Half begins MK Dons 0, Gillingham 0.

45:00 +1:19 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, MK Dons 0, Gillingham 0.

44:05

Bamidele Alli (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

44:05

Foul by Amine Linganzi (Gillingham).

43:47

Alan Smith (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the right wing.

43:47

Foul by Amine Linganzi (Gillingham).

40:41

Foul by Izale McLeod (MK Dons).

40:41

Michael Harriman (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

37:22

Foul by Dean Lewington (MK Dons).

37:22

Elliott Hewitt (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

33:49

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

32:43

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Leon Legge.

26:42

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

26:05

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Leon Legge.

25:07

Ryan Hall (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:07

Foul by Joe Martin (Gillingham).

24:03

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Elliott Hewitt.

23:33

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Myles Weston.

20:01

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

19:32

Attempt blocked. Ben Reeves (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

18:55

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

18:55

Foul by Steven Gregory (Gillingham).

11:58

Attempt missed. Alan Smith (MK Dons) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

11:20

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Leon Legge.

11:07

Attempt blocked. Izale McLeod (MK Dons) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

5:42

Foul by Adam Barrett (Gillingham).

5:42

Anthony Kay (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

5:15

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Jordan Spence.

4:02

Attempt missed. Michael Harriman (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

3:13

Foul by Anthony Kay (MK Dons).

3:13

Craig Fagan (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:44

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

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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