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Crawley Town 0-2 Milton Keynes Dons

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.

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Crawley Town manager John Gregory told BBC Sussex:

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John Gregory: Crawley Town boss after MK Dons defeat

"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."

Line-ups

Crawley

  • 1Jones
  • 2Hurst
  • 3Sadler
  • 15BulmanSubstituted forTorresat 41'minutes
  • 12Walsh
  • 4Connolly
  • 16AdamsSubstituted forProctorat 15'minutesBooked at 62mins
  • 10Drury
  • 9Alexander
  • 7B ClarkeBooked at 85mins
  • 21Jones

Substitutes

  • 6Essam
  • 8Torres
  • 14Proctor
  • 20Sinclair
  • 23Smith
  • 24Malins
  • 25Maddison

MK Dons

  • 1Martin
  • 5Hodson
  • 3LewingtonBooked at 9mins
  • 8Potter
  • 23Spence
  • 6WilliamsSubstituted forKayat 55'minutesBooked at 62mins
  • 22Carruthers
  • 12Reeves
  • 15BamfordSubstituted forSmithat 90+1'minutes
  • 26JenningsSubstituted forBaldockat 67'minutes
  • 7GleesonBooked at 63mins

Substitutes

  • 4Flanagan
  • 11Smith
  • 16McLoughlin
  • 18Baldock
  • 19Galloway
  • 21Banton
  • 24Kay
Referee:
Seb Stockbridge
Attendance:
3,249

Match Stats

Home TeamCrawleyAway TeamMK Dons
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home10
Away10
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Crawley Town 0, MK Dons 2.

Full Time

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

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Michael Jones.

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

Foul by James Hurst (Crawley Town).

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Sergio Torres.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Mark Connolly.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Alan Smith replaces Patrick Bamford.

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

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

Dismissal

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

Foul by Billy Clarke (Crawley Town).

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

Hand ball by Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town).

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

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

Foul by Sergio Torres (Crawley Town).

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

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Anthony Kay.

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

Foul by Darren Potter (MK Dons).

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

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. George Baldock replaces Dale Jennings.

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

Booking

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

Booking

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

Booking

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

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.

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

Substitution

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

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

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

Foul by Andy Drury (Crawley Town).

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

Second Half

Second Half begins Crawley Town 0, MK Dons 1.

Half Time

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

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

Foul by Ben Reeves (MK Dons).

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

Foul by Stephen Gleeson (MK Dons).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leyton Orient22145347222547
2Wolves22145337162147
3Brentford22144436211546
4Preston2211833122941
5Peterborough2212373425939
6Rotherham22108437271038
7Swindon2210393930933
8Walsall229672319433
9Port Vale2210393234-233
10MK Dons219483529631
11Bradford227963425930
12Coventry2211564840828
13Colchester226972730-327
14Crawley226882430-626
15Gillingham2374123040-1025
16Carlisle2266102336-1324
17Shrewsbury225892225-323
18Oldham2165102429-523
19Tranmere2265112640-1423
20Sheff Utd2257101928-922
21Bristol City2231092935-619
22Stevenage2254132138-1719
23Notts County2353152737-1018
24Crewe2246121845-2718
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