League One
Gillingham1MK Dons0

Gillingham 1-0 Milton Keynes Dons

Gillingham extended their unblemished home record against MK Dons as Cody McDonald's strike secured a victory which condemns Robbie Neilson to his first loss in charge of the Dons.

A largely tepid first half saw Bradley Dack's header cleared off the visitors' line by Dean Lewington, while half of Priestfield thought Frank Nouble had put them ahead two minutes before half-time but his 30-yard shot drifted just wide.

MK Dons could have gone ahead in first-half injury time when Paul Konchesky brought down Kieran Agard just inside the Gillingham box, but Stuart Nelson - who had dived the other way - managed to save Dean Bowditch's penalty with his trailing foot.

The Gills came out stronger in the second half and their dominance led to a 64th-minute breakthrough as a Dack cross from deep picked out the unmarked McDonald, who headed in his fifth league goal this season.

The home side could have had another when Josh Wright intercepted George Baldock's loose pass but did not catch his shot properly.

Report supplied by the Press Association

Line-ups

Gillingham

  • 1Nelson
  • 7WagstaffBooked at 25mins
  • 5Ehmer
  • 19Cargill
  • 12KoncheskyBooked at 41mins
  • 8Hessenthaler
  • 44Wright
  • 23Dack
  • 50Emmanuel-Thomas
  • 10McDonaldBooked at 37mins
  • 45NoubleSubstituted forJacksonat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Jackson
  • 6Oshilaja
  • 9Donnelly
  • 13Hadler
  • 20Oldaker
  • 24Cundle
  • 33Byrne

MK Dons

  • 1Martin
  • 2BaldockSubstituted forHendryat 54'minutes
  • 23Downing
  • 3LewingtonBooked at 90mins
  • 12Williams
  • 6Upson
  • 8PotterBooked at 69mins
  • 7CarruthersBooked at 56mins
  • 9BowditchSubstituted forMaynardat 64'minutes
  • 10Reeves
  • 14AgardSubstituted forColcloughat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Williams
  • 16Hendry
  • 17Powell
  • 19Nicholls
  • 25Aneke
  • 28Maynard
  • 49Colclough
Referee:
Brett Huxtable
Attendance:
5,681

Match Stats

Home TeamGillinghamAway TeamMK Dons
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home11
Away11
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home9
Away2
Fouls
Home12
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Gillingham 1, MK Dons 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Gillingham 1, MK Dons 0.

Booking

Dean Lewington (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card.

Bradley Dack (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Dean Lewington (MK Dons).

Foul by Jake Hessenthaler (Gillingham).

Ed Upson (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Max Ehmer (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ryan Colclough (MK Dons).

Attempt saved. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Dean Lewington.

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

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Ryan Colclough replaces Kieran Agard.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Ryan Jackson replaces Frank Nouble.

Attempt saved. Josh Wright (Gillingham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Paul Downing.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Paul Downing.

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

Foul by Paul Downing (MK Dons).

Goal!

Goal! Gillingham 1, MK Dons 0. Cody McDonald (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Bradley Dack with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Ed Upson.

Booking

Darren Potter (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Bradley Dack (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Darren Potter (MK Dons).

Attempt blocked. Frank Nouble (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Nicky Maynard replaces Dean Bowditch.

Attempt saved. Baily Cargill (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Jack Hendry.

Frank Nouble (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jack Hendry (MK Dons).

Attempt missed. Baily Cargill (Gillingham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Jack Hendry.

Baily Cargill (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Paul Downing (MK Dons).

Foul by Frank Nouble (Gillingham).

Samir Carruthers (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Samir Carruthers (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Frank Nouble (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Samir Carruthers (MK Dons).

goal

As It Stood

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