League One
MK DonsMilton Keynes Dons2CrawleyCrawley Town0

Milton Keynes Dons 2-0 Crawley Town

Ten-man MK Dons followed up their League Cup win over Manchester United with victory over Crawley.

Daniel Powell hit the post for the Dons before Dele Alli fired home a rebound after Brian Jensen saved from Powell.

Kyle McFadzean was sent off for the hosts when he brought down Izale McLeod in the box only for McLeod to see his penalty saved by David Martin.

Benik Afobe hit the post with a free-kick before he made the points safe with a neat finish in stoppage time.

MK Dons climbed to third in League One following their third win of the season, while Crawley have now lost their last three in a row.

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"It was great to see Izale McLeod back here again. We knew it would be a difficult afternoon with him. I thought we rode our luck at times today.

"We did wonderfully well and it's great for the football club."

On Dele Alli: "He's a wonderful talent. We know all the interest and he knows of my desire to keep him at the club."

Crawley Town boss John Gregory told BBC Surrey:

"We messed up the penalty, which would have got us back to one-each and there would have been only one winner, but it's a recurring theme that I keep talking about each week, about how well we played.

"If it was purely about performances, we would've possibly been already promoted, but it's not about the performance, it's about results.

"We need to sit down and reassess everything, and take a long hard look at everything we do, and everything goes towards our weekly training sessions and we need to make sure that we end on maximum points next weekend."

Line-ups

MK Dons

  • 1Martin
  • 18Baldock
  • 5McFadzeanBooked at 69mins
  • 6Kay
  • 3Lewington
  • 17PowellBooked at 64mins
  • 8PotterSubstituted forRandallat 55'minutes
  • 19HitchcockSubstituted forCarruthersat 66'minutesBooked at 89mins
  • 14Alli
  • 9BowditchSubstituted forSpenceat 72'minutes
  • 23Afobe

Substitutes

  • 4Flanagan
  • 11Grigg
  • 12Spence
  • 15Randall
  • 16McLoughlin
  • 20Rasulo
  • 22Carruthers

Crawley

  • 1Jensen
  • 2Oyebanjo
  • 12Walsh
  • 5Leacock
  • 3Dickson
  • 7EdwardsSubstituted forHarroldat 78'minutesBooked at 89mins
  • 8Smith
  • 20BawlingSubstituted forO'Connorat 17'minutes
  • 4HendersonBooked at 25mins
  • 21TomlinBooked at 39mins
  • 9McLeod

Substitutes

  • 6Bradley
  • 14Young
  • 15Banya
  • 17Rose
  • 18Harrold
  • 22O'Connor
  • 25Ashdown
Referee:
Mark Heywood
Attendance:
7,148

Match Stats

Home TeamMK DonsAway TeamCrawley
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home21
Away14
Shots on Target
Home6
Away6
Corners
Home10
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, MK Dons 2, Crawley Town 0.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Anthony Kay.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Joe Walsh (Crawley Town) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Samir Carruthers (MK Dons).

  6. Post update

    Lanre Oyebanjo (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Goal!

    Goal! MK Dons 2, Crawley Town 0. Benik Afobe (MK Dons) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

  8. Post update

    Hand ball by Lanre Oyebanjo (Crawley Town).

  9. Post update

    Benik Afobe (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Emmett O'Connor (Crawley Town).

  11. Booking

    Matt Harrold (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card.

  12. Booking

    Samir Carruthers (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Samir Carruthers (MK Dons).

  14. Post update

    Lanre Oyebanjo (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Conor Henderson (Crawley Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Jordan Spence.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gavin Tomlin (Crawley Town) right footed shot from long range on the right misses to the left.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Mark Randall (MK Dons).

  19. Post update

    Jimmy Smith (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Gavin Tomlin (Crawley Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.