MK Dons came from behind to seal an impressive comeback as they got their League One campaign off to a winning start against Gillingham.

Cody McDonald put the visitors ahead before David Martin felled McDonald and Danny Kedwell's penalty made it 2-0.

Kortney Hause put the ball in his own net to give the Dons a sign of hope before Will Grigg headed home to level.

Kyle McFadzean's header put them ahead before they sealed it when Aaron Morris also put the ball into his own net.

McFadzean and Grigg both managed to score on their debuts to cap an impressive afternoon for the Dons.

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson told BBC Three Counties Radio:

MK Dons boss Karl Robinson on Gillingham win

"Obviously it's nice to start on a positive note, but it could have been so different. The pleasing thing for me was the fans at 2-0 down. I thought they were sensational and they got a second half that they deserved as well.

"There were components of that first half that weren't good enough, but I thought overall there were a lot more positives than negatives to take from the game.

"I didn't once say a negative comment at half-time. I thought the players didn't deserve to be criticised. I just said to Antony Kay and Kyle that they need to be stronger for their individual errors, but collectively there was nothing wrong with that performance.

"There's an awful lot of positives. When you consider we only scored five after the transfer window closed last season, to score four in one game is nice. It's nice to celebrate four times in one game, I can't remember doing that in a long time here."

Gillingham manager Peter Taylor told BBC Radio Kent:

Post-match: Gills manager Taylor

"There were good things, bad things and probably unlucky things.

"I thought some of the stuff we did in the first half was very good. We showed some good quality. But some of the goals were poor defensively from us."

On Cody McDonald's injury:

"It looks like he's twisted his knee. It wasn't actually a kick on it, it happened whilst he was going over.

"We won't know until we scan that one."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Milton Keynes Dons

  • 01 Martin Booked
  • 02 Hodson
  • 03 Lewington
  • 08 Potter
  • 05 McFadzean
  • 06 Kay Booked
  • 07 Green
  • 14 Alli
  • 11 Grigg (Afobe - 77' )
  • 10 Reeves (Hitchcock - 86' )
  • 09 Bowditch (Powell - 83' )

Substitutes

  • 04 Flanagan
  • 15 Randall
  • 16 McLoughlin
  • 17 Powell
  • 18 Baldock
  • 19 Hitchcock
  • 23 Afobe

Gillingham

  • 01 Nelson (Morris - 45' )
  • 04 Egan
  • 03 Martin
  • 07 Loft
  • 05 Hause
  • 06 Legge
  • 15 Morris
  • 08 Hessenthaler (Dickenson - 77' )
  • 10 McDonald (German - 53' )
  • 09 Kedwell Booked
  • 11 McGlashan

Substitutes

  • 12 Morris
  • 14 German
  • 19 Norris
  • 20 Davies
  • 22 Hare
  • 23 Dack
  • 24 Dickenson
Ref: Tim Robinson
Att: 7,595

Match Stats

Shots

13 3

On target

4 2

Corners

10 2

Fouls

10 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, MK Dons 4, Gillingham 2.

90:00 +8:04 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, MK Dons 4, Gillingham 2.

90:00 +6:39

Tom Hitchcock (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +6:39

Foul by Kortney Hause (Gillingham).

90:00 +5:13

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

90:00 +4:18

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Leon Legge.

90:00 +3:23

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Kortney Hause.

90:00 +2:12

Foul by Dean Lewington (MK Dons).

90:00 +2:12

Jermaine McGlashan (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, MK Dons. Tom Hitchcock replaces Ben Reeves.

82:40

Darren Potter (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the left wing.

82:40

Foul by Brennan Dickenson (Gillingham).

82:09 Substitution

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

79:34

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

78:36 Booking

Booking Danny Kedwell (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card.

78:30

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

78:30

Foul by Danny Kedwell (Gillingham).

77:29

Foul by Danny Green (MK Dons).

77:29

Doug Loft (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

76:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Gillingham. Brennan Dickenson replaces Jake Hessenthaler.

76:08 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, MK Dons. Benik Afobe replaces William Grigg.

72:38 Goal scored

Goal! Own Goal by Leon Legge, Gillingham. MK Dons 4, Gillingham 2.

72:24

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Jake Hessenthaler.

72:12

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

69:16 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! MK Dons 3, Gillingham 2. Kyle McFadzean (MK Dons) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Danny Green.

68:49

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

68:49

Foul by Jake Hessenthaler (Gillingham).

67:03 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! MK Dons 2, Gillingham 2. William Grigg (MK Dons) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Danny Green.

65:20

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Antonio German.

64:32

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by John Egan.

64:20

Attempt missed. William Grigg (MK Dons) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

62:46

Attempt saved. Dele Alli (MK Dons) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

56:13

Foul by Kyle McFadzean (MK Dons).

56:13

John Egan (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

55:56

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Leon Legge.

55:02

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Anthony Kay.

53:32

Attempt missed. Doug Loft (Gillingham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

52:46 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Gillingham. Antonio German replaces Cody McDonald because of an injury.

48:03

Foul by Anthony Kay (MK Dons).

48:03

Cody McDonald (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:47

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

46:00

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

45:56

Foul by John Egan (Gillingham).

45:00

Second Half begins MK Dons 1, Gillingham 2.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Gillingham. Glenn Morris replaces Stuart Nelson because of an injury.

45:00 +2:14 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, MK Dons 1, Gillingham 2.

45:00 +2:00

Leon Legge (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00 +1:57

Foul by William Grigg (MK Dons).

44:42

Foul by Danny Green (MK Dons).

44:42

Danny Kedwell (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

43:42

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by John Egan.

43:20 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! MK Dons 1, Gillingham 2. Dean Lewington (MK Dons) header from the right side of the six yard box to the top right corner.

40:03

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by John Egan.

39:10

Attempt missed. Anthony Kay (MK Dons) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is close, but misses to the right.

36:14

Attempt saved. Danny Green (MK Dons) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

31:53 Booking

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

31:47

Foul by Anthony Kay (MK Dons).

31:47

Jermaine McGlashan (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:57 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! MK Dons 0, Gillingham 2. Danny Kedwell (Gillingham) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

28:39 Booking

Booking David Martin (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card.

28:29

Penalty conceded by David Martin (MK Dons) after a foul in the penalty area.

28:29

Penalty Gillingham. Cody McDonald draws a foul in the penalty area.

23:23

Kyle McFadzean (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:23

Foul by Danny Kedwell (Gillingham).

22:43

Attempt blocked. William Grigg (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

18:54

Foul by Joe Martin (Gillingham).

18:54

Danny Green (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the left wing.

18:28

Attempt missed. Dele Alli (MK Dons) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high.

16:50

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by John Egan.

13:49

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

11:03

Foul by Danny Kedwell (Gillingham).

11:03

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

9:33

Kortney Hause (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

9:33

Foul by Anthony Kay (MK Dons).

9:04

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Leon Legge.

6:29 Goal scored

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

4:43

Foul by Joe Martin (Gillingham).

4:43

Danny Green (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:29

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Darren Potter.

2:46

Joe Martin (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:46

Foul by Danny Green (MK Dons).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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