League One
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Milton Keynes Dons 3-0 Bristol Rovers

MK Dons moved out of the League One relegation zone with a convincing 3-0 win over Bristol Rovers.

Rhys Healey's third goal in as many games had MK on their way, before second-half strikes from Sam Nombe and former Bristol City striker Kieran Agard rounded things off, leaving new Rovers boss Ben Garner winless in his first three games in charge.

The visitors should have taken the lead inside 13 minutes when Jonson Clarke-Harris' cross found the unmarked Luke Leahy in the Dons box, but his first-time strike was superbly saved by home goalkeeper Lee Nicholls.

MK scored minutes later, though, when frontman Healey swivelled in the Rovers box to beat his marker before firing an emphatic left-footed strike home to continue his impressive goalscoring form.

Russell Martin's men doubled their lead just after the hour, when Dean Lewington's pass sent striker Nombe through on goal, before the youngster tapped home.

Agard then added a third late on as MK leapfrogged Tranmere to move three points clear of the drop zone.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

MK Dons

  • 1Nicholls
  • 25Brittain
  • 2Williams
  • 4Walsh
  • 3Lewington
  • 24Houghton
  • 18McGrandlesSubstituted forReevesat 63'minutes
  • 29Kasumu
  • 8GilbeySubstituted forMasonat 73'minutes
  • 27Nombe
  • 10HealeySubstituted forAgardat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Poole
  • 6Cargill
  • 7Reeves
  • 14Agard
  • 20Mason
  • 22Moore
  • 26Boateng

Bristol Rovers

  • 32JaakkolaSubstituted forvan Stappershoefat 12'minutes
  • 24MenayeseSubstituted forBennettat 78'minutes
  • 5Craig
  • 15Kilgour
  • 33Rodman
  • 4OgogoSubstituted forHargreavesat 45'minutes
  • 6Upson
  • 7Sercombe
  • 11Leahy
  • 9Clarke-Harris
  • 10Nichols

Substitutes

  • 1van Stappershoef
  • 18Kelly
  • 19Russe
  • 23Bennett
  • 28Tomlinson
  • 29Adeboyejo
  • 36Hargreaves
Referee:
Sam Purkiss
Attendance:
8,236

Match Stats

Home TeamMK DonsAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home19
Away7
Shots on Target
Home9
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, MK Dons 3, Bristol Rovers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, MK Dons 3, Bristol Rovers 0.

Offside, MK Dons. Joe Mason tries a through ball, but Kieran Agard is caught offside.

Foul by Jordan Houghton (MK Dons).

Cameron Hargreaves (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Joe Mason (MK Dons) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Reeves.

Goal!

Goal! MK Dons 3, Bristol Rovers 0. Kieran Agard (MK Dons) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jordan Houghton.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by George Williams.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Dean Lewington.

Attempt missed. Jonson Clarke-Harris (Bristol Rovers) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Luke Leahy with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Dean Lewington.

Attempt blocked. Kyle Bennett (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Liam Sercombe.

Foul by Sam Nombe (MK Dons).

Alex Rodman (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Tom Nichols (Bristol Rovers).

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

Foul by Tony Craig (Bristol Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Kieran Agard replaces Rhys Healey.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Kyle Bennett replaces Rollin Menayese.

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

Foul by Tom Nichols (Bristol Rovers).

George Williams (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jonson Clarke-Harris (Bristol Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Joe Mason replaces Alex Gilbey.

Foul by Alex Gilbey (MK Dons).

Rollin Menayese (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. David Kasumu (MK Dons) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Rhys Healey.

Attempt missed. Liam Sercombe (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Tom Nichols.

Foul by Jordan Houghton (MK Dons).

Jonson Clarke-Harris (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Jordi van Stappershoef.

Attempt saved. Ben Reeves (MK Dons) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Rhys Healey (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Tony Craig (Bristol Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Ben Reeves replaces Conor McGrandles.

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

Foul by Jonson Clarke-Harris (Bristol Rovers).

Goal!

Goal! MK Dons 2, Bristol Rovers 0. Sam Nombe (MK Dons) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Sam Nombe (MK Dons) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Dean Lewington.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wycombe24128432221044
2Rotherham24125742251741
3Coventry23101033425940
4Oxford Utd23116641221939
5Ipswich23108533221138
6Peterborough24106844341036
7Fleetwood2210663729836
8Bristol Rovers2310673030036
9Portsmouth239863428635
10Blackpool2481063228434
11Gillingham248972824433
12Burton239683230233
13Sunderland228862823532
14Shrewsbury228862123-232
15Doncaster218763223931
16Lincoln City2393112828030
17Accrington247893433129
18Rochdale2474132741-1425
19Wimbledon2466122936-724
20MK Dons2473142636-1024
21Tranmere2356122743-1621
22Southend2416172765-389
23Bolton2147101846-287
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