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Milton Keynes Dons 0-1 Bristol Rovers

Ellis Harrison struck in the second half to secure Bristol Rovers victory at relegation-threatened MK Dons and take the Pirates to within four points of the play-off places.

The forward's 12th league goal of the season condemned struggling MK to their 10th league game without a win but it was Rovers' third success in five as they look to chase down sixth-placed Plymouth.

The hosts started brightly and went close to taking the lead when Robbie Muirhead cut inside on 15 minutes, before firing a left-footed strike just over the Rovers goal.

Liam Sercombe threatened for the visitors 10 minutes later when his half-volley inside the Dons box was superbly saved by Lee Nicholls.

Darrell Clarke's Pirates then took a deserved lead five minutes after the break as Harrison broke down the flank before cutting inside and delicately dinking a fine finish over the head of MK keeper Nicholls.

And despite Muirhead forcing Rovers stopper Sam Slocombe into a testing save late on, Dan Micciche's men couldn't find a leveller as relegation to League Two becomes increasingly likely.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

MK Dons

  • 1Nicholls
  • 5Wootton
  • 3Lewington
  • 15Ward
  • 2Williams
  • 25BrittainBooked at 78minsSubstituted forNesbittat 84'minutes
  • 16Muirhead
  • 8CisséBooked at 41minsSubstituted forUpsonat 56'minutes
  • 20TymonSubstituted forAgardat 76'minutes
  • 27Ugbo
  • 10AnekeBooked at 89mins

Substitutes

  • 6Upson
  • 9Sow
  • 13Sietsma
  • 14Agard
  • 18McGrandles
  • 21Nesbitt
  • 29Jackson

Bristol Rovers

  • 1Slocombe
  • 22Partington
  • 4Lockyer
  • 25CraigBooked at 70mins
  • 3Brown
  • 14Lines
  • 7Sercombe
  • 32RusseSubstituted forSweeneyat 75'minutes
  • 19MooreSubstituted forJ Clarkeat 66'minutes
  • 9Harrison
  • 26BennettSubstituted forGaffneyat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Sweeney
  • 11Nichols
  • 15J Clarke
  • 18Telford
  • 21Smith
  • 23Mensah
  • 30Gaffney
Referee:
Antony Coggins
Attendance:
8,240

Match Stats

Home TeamMK DonsAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home8
Away10
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home16
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, MK Dons 0, Bristol Rovers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, MK Dons 0, Bristol Rovers 1.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Joe Partington.

Booking

Chuks Aneke (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Chuks Aneke (MK Dons).

James Clarke (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Kieran Agard (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ryan Sweeney (Bristol Rovers).

Robbie Muirhead (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Lines (Bristol Rovers).

Foul by Aidan Nesbitt (MK Dons).

Liam Sercombe (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Aidan Nesbitt replaces Callum Brittain.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by George B Williams.

Dean Lewington (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers).

Foul by Ike Ugbo (MK Dons).

Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Callum Brittain (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Callum Brittain (MK Dons).

James Clarke (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Kieran Agard replaces Josh Tymon.

Attempt missed. Rory Gaffney (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Ryan Sweeney replaces Luke Russe.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Sam Slocombe.

Attempt saved. Robbie Muirhead (MK Dons) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Ed Upson (MK Dons).

Kyle Bennett (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Tony Craig (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Chuks Aneke (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tony Craig (Bristol Rovers).

Attempt blocked. Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Chris Lines (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Dean Lewington (MK Dons).

Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. James Clarke replaces Byron Moore.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Rory Gaffney replaces Kyle Bennett.

Attempt blocked. Chuks Aneke (MK Dons) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Joe Partington.

Attempt missed. Callum Brittain (MK Dons) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the left.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Blackburn35219565333272
2Shrewsbury34208645261968
3Wigan31206557183966
4Rotherham341951058391962
5Scunthorpe361512951411057
6Plymouth35158124342153
7Charlton33149104341251
8Peterborough341311105344950
9Bradford34155144851-350
10Bristol Rovers35154165052-249
11Portsmouth35154164244-249
12Gillingham351113113939046
13Walsall351111134749-244
14Southend34128144254-1244
15Doncaster351012134344-142
16Oxford Utd34119144951-242
17Blackpool341012124244-242
18Oldham34109154858-1039
19Wimbledon35108173446-1238
20Northampton35108173456-2238
21Fleetwood34107174556-1137
22MK Dons35711173248-1632
23Bury3478192850-2229
24Rochdale30511142941-1226
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