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Stevenage 2-3 Milton Keynes Dons

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:

Graham Westley

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Post-match: Stevenage boss Westley

"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:

Karl Robinson

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Post-match: MK Dons boss Robinson

"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."

Line-ups

Stevenage

  • 16Day
  • 22Obeng
  • 9Charles
  • 15Freeman
  • 5Ashton
  • 4Dembele
  • 20Smith
  • 13ParrettSubstituted forDoughtyat 61'minutesBooked at 88mins
  • 12Zoko
  • 11AkinsSubstituted forMoraisat 90+6'minutes
  • 8MousinhoSubstituted forBurrowat 90+6'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Arnold
  • 2Wedgbury
  • 7Morais
  • 10Burrow
  • 23Reid
  • 24Doughty
  • 29Hartley

MK Dons

  • 1Martin
  • 3Lewington
  • 12Reeves
  • 18Baldock
  • 24Kay
  • 17PowellSubstituted forBowditchat 45'minutes
  • 14Alli
  • 23Spence
  • 13McLeodSubstituted forLoveridgeat 45'minutes
  • 27OdelusiSubstituted forGallowayat 72'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 11SmithBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 9Bowditch
  • 15Randall
  • 19Galloway
  • 20Rasulo
  • 21Hall
  • 22Loveridge
  • 50Burns
Referee:
Fred Graham
Attendance:
3,027

Match Stats

Home TeamStevenageAway TeamMK Dons
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home7
Away13
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home8
Away10
Fouls
Home9
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Stevenage 2, MK Dons 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Stevenage 2, MK Dons 3.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Jordan Burrow replaces John Mousinho.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Filipe Morais replaces Lucas Akins.

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.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Jon Ashton.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Bira Dembele.

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

Foul by Darius Charles (Stevenage).

Booking

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

Foul by Alan Smith (MK Dons).

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

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

Foul by Francois Zoko (Stevenage).

Booking

Michael Doughty (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Michael Doughty (Stevenage).

Foul by Bamidele Alli (MK Dons).

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

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

Goal!

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

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.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Francois Zoko.

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

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Chris Day.

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

Foul by Jimmy Smith (Stevenage).

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

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by George Baldock.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Brendan Galloway replaces Sanmi Odelusi.

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

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Alan Smith.

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

Substitution

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

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

Foul by Dean Parrett (Stevenage).

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Bamidele Alli.

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

Foul by Alan Smith (MK Dons).

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Wolves3724854480
2Brentford3624753079
3Leyton Orient3822973675
4Rotherham37191262469
5Preston38181551569
6Peterborough3718415958
7MK Dons3816715455
8Swindon3814915351
9Walsall38121412150
10Port Vale3715517-850
11Sheff Utd3613914-348
12Crawley34111310-346
13Bradford37101512345
14Gillingham3813619-1345
15Bristol City3891613-543
16Colchester37101314-543
17Coventry37141013-142
18Oldham3811918-1242
19Crewe38101018-2540
20Tranmere3710918-2139
21Carlisle3710819-2238
22Shrewsbury3881317-1337
23Stevenage3710720-1937
24Notts County3810424-1934
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