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Gillingham 3-1 Milton Keynes Dons

Two goals in three first-half minutes from Mikael Mandron and Brandon Hanlan helped Gillingham to a 3-1 victory over struggling MK Dons.

The Gills started brightly and only a last-ditch block from captain Dean Lewington prevented Olly Lee from putting the hosts in front within 50 seconds.

Lee turned provider for Mandron's opener after 31 minutes as the Frenchman met the midfielder's brilliant chip to glance his header past Lee Nicholls.

Steve Evans' side doubled their advantage two minutes later as Mandron - seemingly coming back from an offside position - played in leading scorer Hanlan to fire home.

MK Dons improved after the break and a brilliant individual goal from Alex Gilbey after 52 minutes - with his side's first shot on target - brought them back into the game.

However, Gills defender Max Ehmer restored the hosts' two-goal advantage five minutes later after reacting the quickest to Nicholls' parry from Lee's driven free-kick.

Joe Mason and substitute Sam Nombe attempted speculative long-range efforts late on for Russell Martin's side, who fell to their 11th league defeat from their past 14 games.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Gillingham

  • 1Bonham
  • 12Fuller
  • 5Ehmer
  • 27Tucker
  • 6Ogilvie
  • 14Jones
  • 4O'Keefe
  • 24O'ConnorSubstituted forMarshallat 89'minutes
  • 22LeeBooked at 62minsSubstituted forCharles-Cookat 81'minutes
  • 9Mandron
  • 7HanlanSubstituted forJakubiakat 90+3'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Hodson
  • 10Ndjoli
  • 11Charles-Cook
  • 17Pringle
  • 19Marshall
  • 21Walsh
  • 23Jakubiak

MK Dons

  • 1Nicholls
  • 25Brittain
  • 5Poole
  • 4Walsh
  • 3Lewington
  • 24Houghton
  • 18McGrandlesSubstituted forReevesat 76'minutes
  • 8GilbeyBooked at 29mins
  • 26BoatengSubstituted forBoweryat 45'minutes
  • 14AgardSubstituted forNombeat 45'minutes
  • 20Mason

Substitutes

  • 2Williams
  • 7Reeves
  • 9Bowery
  • 11Dickenson
  • 22Moore
  • 27Nombe
  • 29Kasumu
Referee:
Nick Kinseley
Attendance:
4,739

Match Stats

Home TeamGillinghamAway TeamMK Dons
Possession
Home28%
Away72%
Shots
Home10
Away8
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away9
Fouls
Home14
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Gillingham 3, MK Dons 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Gillingham 3, MK Dons 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Alex Jakubiak replaces Brandon Hanlan.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Jack Tucker.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Max Ehmer.

Offside, Gillingham. Mark Marshall tries a through ball, but Mikael Mandron is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Mark Marshall replaces Thomas O'Connor.

Attempt saved. Joe Mason (MK Dons) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Alex Gilbey (MK Dons) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jordan Houghton.

Jordan Houghton (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mikael Mandron (Gillingham).

Jordan Houghton (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Regan Charles-Cook (Gillingham).

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Joe Walsh.

Foul by Sam Nombe (MK Dons).

Stuart O'Keefe (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Regan Charles-Cook replaces Olly Lee.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Alfie Jones.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Ben Reeves replaces Conor McGrandles.

Attempt missed. Joe Mason (MK Dons) header from the centre of the box misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Jack Tucker.

Attempt missed. Sam Nombe (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

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

Foul by Alfie Jones (Gillingham).

Attempt missed. Joe Mason (MK Dons) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Alex Gilbey (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Joe Mason.

Attempt blocked. Callum Brittain (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Mason.

Offside, Gillingham. Stuart O'Keefe tries a through ball, but Olly Lee is caught offside.

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

Foul by Stuart O'Keefe (Gillingham).

Foul by Conor McGrandles (MK Dons).

Mikael Mandron (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Stuart O'Keefe (Gillingham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Brandon Hanlan.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Jack Tucker.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Barry Fuller.

Booking

Olly Lee (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Callum Brittain (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Olly Lee (Gillingham).

Offside, Gillingham. Thomas O'Connor tries a through ball, but Brandon Hanlan is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Gillingham 3, MK Dons 1. Max Ehmer (Gillingham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner following a set piece situation.

goal

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