Match ends, Crawley Town 0, MK Dons 2.
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.
VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Crawley Town manager John Gregory told BBC Sussex:
"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."
- 15BulmanSubstituted forTorresat 41'minutes
- 16AdamsSubstituted forProctorat 15'minutesBooked at 62mins
- 7ClarkeBooked at 85mins
- 3LewingtonBooked at 9mins
- 6WilliamsSubstituted forKayat 55'minutesBooked at 62mins
- 15BamfordSubstituted forSmithat 90+1'minutes
- 26JenningsSubstituted forBaldockat 67'minutes
- 7GleesonBooked at 63mins
- Seb Stockbridge
- Shots on Target
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, 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.
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.