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Milton Keynes Dons 0-1 Crewe Alexandra

MK Dons failed to keep up the pace with their promotion rivals after falling to a narrow defeat at home to Crewe.

Charlie Kirk's winner separated the two sides as Crewe recorded just their second away league victory of the season.

Dons goalkeeper Lee Nicholls did well to get down and keep Perry Ng's effort out early in the first half, while at the other end, Ben Garratt pulled off a fantastic save to deny Crewe old boy Chuks Aneke as he bore down on goal.

The hosts thought they had the lead when Peter Pawlett found the net, but his effort was disallowed for offside.

Crewe then took full advantage just two minutes later when the Dons were caught on the counter-attack and Kirk finished powerfully past Nicholls to cap a great move.

The hosts pushed for an equaliser when Alex Gilbey was played in by Kieran Agard, only to be foiled by Garratt, while Nicholls kept out James Jones' audacious chip at the other end.

Substitute Tommy Lowery had Nicholls scrambling to palm his cross-shot over shortly after coming on.

Crewe boss David Artell was booked for the fourth time this season for remonstrating with the fourth official.

Match report supplied by the Press Association

Line-ups

MK Dons

  • 1Nicholls
  • 4Walsh
  • 15Moore-Taylor
  • 26CargillBooked at 42minsSubstituted forD'Athat 70'minutes
  • 18McGrandles
  • 8Gilbey
  • 24Houghton
  • 3Lewington
  • 14AgardBooked at 45minsSubstituted forSowat 66'minutes
  • 10Aneke
  • 11PawlettSubstituted forHarleyat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Watson
  • 9Sow
  • 16Martin
  • 19Simpson
  • 20D'Ath
  • 22Moore
  • 33Harley

Crewe

  • 1GarrattBooked at 81mins
  • 2Ng
  • 5Ray
  • 12Nolan
  • 3Pickering
  • 11AinleySubstituted forLoweryat 73'minutes
  • 8JonesBooked at 43mins
  • 15Wintle
  • 7Porter
  • 10Bowery
  • 20KirkSubstituted forNichollsat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Miller
  • 13Richards
  • 14Nicholls
  • 16Lowery
  • 19Dale
  • 21Finney
  • 28Offord
Referee:
Andy Haines
Attendance:
8,347

Match Stats

Home TeamMK DonsAway TeamCrewe
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home11
Away14
Shots on Target
Home4
Away7
Corners
Home8
Away7
Fouls
Home12
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, MK Dons 0, Crewe Alexandra 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, MK Dons 0, Crewe Alexandra 1.

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

Attempt missed. Osman Sow (MK Dons) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Alex Gilbey (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ryan Wintle (Crewe Alexandra).

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Alex Nicholls replaces Charlie Kirk.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Harry Pickering.

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

Foul by Jordan Bowery (Crewe Alexandra).

Attempt blocked. Jordan Bowery (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Eddie Nolan.

Attempt missed. Perry Ng (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

Booking

Ben Garratt (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match James Jones (Crewe Alexandra) because of an injury.

Foul by Dean Lewington (MK Dons).

Perry Ng (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Hand ball by Chris Porter (Crewe Alexandra).

Attempt blocked. Harry Pickering (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Dean Lewington.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Lee Nicholls.

Attempt saved. Tommy Lowery (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from long range on the right is saved in the top right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Tommy Lowery replaces Callum Ainley.

Foul by Chuks Aneke (MK Dons).

George Ray (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Osman Sow (MK Dons) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Ben Garratt.

Attempt saved. Chuks Aneke (MK Dons) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Lawson D'Ath replaces Baily Cargill.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Osman Sow replaces Kieran Agard.

Delay in match Chuks Aneke (MK Dons) because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Alex Gilbey (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. James Jones (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Perry Ng.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Jordan Moore-Taylor.

Attempt blocked. Jordan Bowery (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Jordan Houghton (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by James Jones (Crewe Alexandra).

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lincoln City27167448262255
2Bury29157755332252
3Mansfield281312341221951
4Carlisle291531147351248
5MK Dons27138644242047
6Colchester29137944331146
7Forest Green271111540271344
8Exeter2812883829944
9Stevenage29135113536-144
10Tranmere2811984235742
11Swindon29101093338-540
12Oldham2810994135639
13Newport27116103845-739
14Crewe29115133136-538
15Grimsby28104142935-634
16Northampton2871293738-133
17Crawley29103163442-833
18Port Vale2888122736-932
19Cambridge2995152849-2132
20Yeovil2779113032-230
21Cheltenham2878133243-1129
22Morecambe2977152946-1728
23Macclesfield2976162745-1827
24Notts County2949162959-3021
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