Crawley Town eased their relegation fears with an impressive win that dented MK Dons' slim play-off hopes.

The visitors had lost their last six but made the perfect start when Andy Drury kept his composure to coolly fire home from Jamie Proctor's pass.

Izale McLeod almost levelled for the Dons when he was played through by Alan Smith, but he lobbed over the crossbar.

The visitors doubled their lead before half-time when Mike Jones slotted home from another Proctor pass.

The result means Crawley are now six points clear of the relegation places with two games in hand while MK Dons are now nine points behind sixth-placed Peterborough.

MK Dons Manager Karl Robinson told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"I think today was bitterly poor. That's one of the worst last 45 minutes I've seen.

"Crawley have lost the last six, and we've just been beaten 2-0. It says everything about a certain minority of the group.

"This injury list is horrendous. I've never known anything like it. These are not excuses these are facts.

"We want to look forward and we want to be positive. We've got to breed our young players properly, and bring them through the system, but we've got to start buying players as well."

Crawley Town boss John Gregory told BBC Surrey:

"Andy Drury got a chance, one on one with the keeper and scored, and we've got in those situations many times over the previous six matches and not taken them and consequently the opposition get a similar chance and score.

"There's been some good team performances over the last six matches but we haven't got the results because we haven't scored and not taken the opportunities. Today we got two clear chances and we took them."

"There was only one team that was going to win and we played very professionally for the remainder of the game and we kept our composure and the shape of the team and things fell for us today."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Milton Keynes Dons

  • 01 Martin
  • 18 Baldock
  • 03 Lewington
  • 15 Randall
  • 23 Spence
  • 19 Galloway (Loveridge - 58' )
  • 17 Powell
  • 11 Smith
  • 13 McLeod (Odelusi - 58' )
  • 14 Alli
  • 29 Kennedy (Rasulo - 59' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 20 Rasulo
  • 21 Hall
  • 26 Loveridge
  • 27 Odelusi
  • 50 Burns

Crawley Town

  • 01 Jones
  • 29 Connolly (Connolly - 10' )
  • 03 Sadler Booked
  • 15 Bulman
  • 05 McFadzean
  • 12 Walsh
  • 28 Dicker
  • 11 Simpson
  • 14 Proctor (Fallon - 88' )
  • 10 Drury (Torres - 78' )
  • 21 Jones

Substitutes

  • 04 Connolly
  • 08 Torres
  • 09 Fallon
  • 18 Tubbs
  • 19 Monakana
  • 25 Maddison
  • 26 Edwards
Ref: Steve Bratt
Att: 8,877

Match Stats

Shots

13 5

On target

3 3

Corners

3 6

Fouls

18 14

Live Text Commentary

Full time

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

90:00 +4:38 Full time

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

90:00 +3:55

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

90:00 +2:05

Foul by Dean Lewington (MK Dons).

90:00 +2:05

Rory Fallon (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:16

Foul by Alan Smith (MK Dons).

90:00 +1:16

Josh Simpson (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:34

Foul by Mark Randall (MK Dons).

90:00 +0:34

Gary Dicker (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

88:15

Jordan Spence (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the left wing.

88:15

Foul by Rory Fallon (Crawley Town).

87:22 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crawley Town. Rory Fallon replaces Jamie Proctor.

84:30 Booking

Booking Giorgio Rasulo (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card.

84:28

Foul by Giorgio Rasulo (MK Dons).

84:28

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

83:52

Foul by Sanmi Odelusi (MK Dons).

83:52

Dannie Bulman (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

82:55

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Gary Dicker.

82:43

Attempt blocked. Giorgio Rasulo (MK Dons) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

79:48

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Alan Smith.

77:34

Foul by Sanmi Odelusi (MK Dons).

77:34

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

77:31 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crawley Town. Sergio Torres replaces Andy Drury.

75:37

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

74:56

Foul by Jordan Spence (MK Dons).

74:56

Michael Jones (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

72:30

Foul by Giorgio Rasulo (MK Dons).

72:30

Gary Dicker (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:59

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

70:42

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

70:18

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Matthew Sadler.

68:30

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

67:36

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

67:36

Foul by Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town).

66:24

Foul by Bamidele Alli (MK Dons).

66:24

Dannie Bulman (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:30

Attempt missed. Sanmi Odelusi (MK Dons) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

62:27

Mark Randall (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the right wing.

62:27

Foul by Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town).

61:53

Foul by Mark Randall (MK Dons).

61:53

Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:40

Hand ball by Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town).

60:27

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Matthew Sadler.

58:08 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, MK Dons. Giorgio Rasulo replaces Matthew Kennedy.

57:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, MK Dons. Sanmi Odelusi replaces Izale McLeod.

57:37 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, MK Dons. James Loveridge replaces Brendan Galloway.

55:35

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Alan Smith.

54:59

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Jordan Spence.

53:39

Foul by Andy Drury (Crawley Town).

53:39

Bamidele Alli (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the left wing.

51:42

Foul by Matthew Kennedy (MK Dons).

51:42

Dannie Bulman (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:55

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

49:55

Foul by Gary Dicker (Crawley Town).

49:18

Foul by Dannie Bulman (Crawley Town).

49:18

Mark Randall (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00

Second Half begins MK Dons 0, Crawley Town 2.

45:00 +4:54 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, MK Dons 0, Crawley Town 2.

45:00 +3:08 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! MK Dons 0, Crawley Town 2. Michael Jones (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jamie Proctor.

45:00 +1:48

Foul by Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town).

45:00 +1:48

Brendan Galloway (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00 +1:13

Foul by Michael Jones (Crawley Town).

45:00 +1:13

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

45:00 +0:02

Dannie Bulman (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +0:02

Foul by Daniel Powell (MK Dons).

42:06

Gary Dicker (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

42:06

Foul by Alan Smith (MK Dons).

41:16

Foul by Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town).

41:16

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

38:39 Booking

Booking Matthew Sadler (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card.

38:33

Foul by Matthew Sadler (Crawley Town).

38:33

Daniel Powell (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

38:06

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

37:37

Foul by Gary Dicker (Crawley Town).

37:37

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

36:00

Michael Jones (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

35:53

Foul by George Baldock (MK Dons).

34:51

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

33:37

Foul by Alan Smith (MK Dons).

33:37

Andy Drury (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:48

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

29:20

Attempt blocked. Michael Jones (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

27:29

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by George Baldock.

26:55

Foul by Izale McLeod (MK Dons).

26:55

Matthew Sadler (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

26:04

Attempt missed. Mark Randall (MK Dons) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

25:08

Hand ball by Bamidele Alli (MK Dons).

24:33

Attempt saved. Bamidele Alli (MK Dons) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

23:59

Attempt saved. Andy Drury (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

20:22

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

18:13

Mark Connolly (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

18:13

Foul by Bamidele Alli (MK Dons).

16:09

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Alan Smith.

15:32

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Brendan Galloway.

12:42

Attempt blocked. Michael Jones (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

10:31

Mark Randall (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:31

Foul by Michael Jones (Crawley Town).

9:41 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crawley Town. Mark Connolly replaces Paul Connolly because of an injury.

6:12 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! MK Dons 0, Crawley Town 1. Andy Drury (Crawley Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jamie Proctor.

3:15

Mark Randall (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:15

Foul by Kyle McFadzean (Crawley Town).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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