Gillingham beat 10-man MK Dons to secure back-to-back victories for the first time since April.

Danny Kedwell scored two early penalties for the Gills, the first after Tom Flanagan brought down Cody MacDonald in the area.

The same men were involved again for Gillingham's second spot-kick, Flanagan this time seeing red for his challenge.

The Dons fought back with a well-taken Patrick Bamford double, but Danny Hollands headed in the winner.

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Gillingham manager Martin Allen told BBC Radio Kent:

"It was that strange situation, 2-0 up, 12 minutes gone, playing against 10 men. Everyone who's watched football knows the opposition with 10 men seem to play better. I don't know why.

"It was always going to be a difficult fixture even though it was against 10 men, 2-0 up.

"I asked the players at 2-2 what they're going to do. It was testing and tricky mentally. Are we going to make something to win it or are we going to sit back and keep it at 2-2?

"Every supporter in that ground, at half-time, was worried, scared. We moved up another gear and the players were immense."

MK Dons Manager Karl Robinson told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"I thought we deserved a point, but you don't always get what you deserve in football.

"Tom's (Flanagan) eagerness to win the ball back has cost him the first penalty and then he makes a mistake with a pass for the second and he tries to rectify his mistake with a rush of blood to the head, so he finds himself with an early shower. It's a learning curve for him but he's got to learn very, very quickly or find himself in a difficult position."

"This is going to be the hardest season that I've ever had and I'm looking forward to the week now. It's going to be a good week, we've got a difficult game away at Stevenage but it's important we roll our sleeves up and stand up for it."

"In the last 20 minutes we outplayed them, we passed it, we created chances and we looked fit so I want to take the positives out of today."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (4)

Gillingham

  • 01 Nelson
  • 23 Harriman
  • 26 Barrett
  • 05 Davies
  • 03 Martin Booked
  • 18 Lee Booked
  • 12 Gregory
  • 19 Hollands
  • 07 Whelpdale
  • 10 McDonald (Weston - 55' )
  • 09 Kedwell

Substitutes

  • 21 Howard
  • 14 Allen
  • 11 Weston
  • 08 Akinfenwa
  • 04 Linganzi
  • 15 Dack
  • 06 Legge

Milton Keynes Dons

  • 01 Martin
  • 04 Flanagan Dismissed
  • 05 Hodson (McLeod - 23' )
  • 06 Williams Booked
  • 03 Lewington
  • 08 Potter
  • 22 Carruthers (Smith - 15' )
  • 23 Green Booked
  • 07 Gleeson
  • 10 Chadwick (Powell - 61' )
  • 15 Bamford

Substitutes

  • 16 McLoughlin
  • 11 Smith
  • 12 Reeves
  • 02 Otsemobor
  • 21 Banton
  • 17 Powell
  • 13 McLeod
Ref: James Linington
Att: 5,410

Match Stats

Shots

13 11

On target

5 7

Corners

6 4

Fouls

20 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Gillingham 3, MK Dons 2.

90:00 +5:57 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Gillingham 3, MK Dons 2.

90:00 +4:04

Foul by Darren Potter (MK Dons).

90:00 +4:04

Charlie Lee (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +3:27 Booking

Booking Shaun Williams (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +3:22

Foul by Shaun Williams (MK Dons).

90:00 +3:22

Callum Davies (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +2:18

Foul by Patrick Bamford (MK Dons).

90:00 +2:18

Danny Hollands (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

89:47

Hand ball by Izale McLeod (MK Dons).

89:21

Attempt saved. Shaun Williams (MK Dons) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the top left corner.

88:36 Booking

Booking Charlie Lee (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card.

88:27

Patrick Bamford (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

88:27

Foul by Charlie Lee (Gillingham).

87:04

Darren Potter (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the left wing.

87:04

Foul by Charlie Lee (Gillingham).

85:28

Attempt missed. Danny Kedwell (Gillingham) header from the right side of the six yard box is high and wide to the left.

84:59

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Izale McLeod.

84:18

Attempt missed. Danny Green (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

83:40

Izale McLeod (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:40

Foul by Michael Harriman (Gillingham).

83:18

Attempt missed. Stephen Gleeson (MK Dons) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

82:31

Attempt saved. Izale McLeod (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

80:34

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Michael Harriman.

79:14

Daniel Powell (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79:14

Foul by Joe Martin (Gillingham).

76:33

Alan Smith (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

76:33

Foul by Myles Weston (Gillingham).

75:58

Attempt missed. Charlie Lee (Gillingham) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right.

66:43

Attempt saved. Patrick Bamford (MK Dons) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

65:23

Attempt missed. Myles Weston (Gillingham) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses the top right corner.

65:08

Attempt missed. Patrick Bamford (MK Dons) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

61:32

Attempt missed. Myles Weston (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner from a direct free kick.

60:57 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, MK Dons. Daniel Powell replaces Luke Chadwick.

60:46

Foul by Patrick Bamford (MK Dons).

60:46

Michael Harriman (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

58:35 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Gillingham 3, MK Dons 2. Danny Hollands (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

56:58

Attempt saved. Luke Chadwick (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

54:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Gillingham. Myles Weston replaces Cody McDonald.

53:14

Darren Potter (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

53:14

Foul by Danny Hollands (Gillingham).

49:17

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Joe Martin.

48:23

Izale McLeod (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

48:23

Foul by Steven Gregory (Gillingham).

45:00

Second Half begins Gillingham 2, MK Dons 2.

45:00 +5:01 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Gillingham 2, MK Dons 2.

45:00 +2:28

Attempt missed. Danny Kedwell (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

45:00 +2:11

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Shaun Williams.

42:18

Attempt missed. Michael Harriman (Gillingham) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right.

41:39

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Shaun Williams.

39:46

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Michael Harriman.

38:17

Patrick Bamford (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:17

Foul by Adam Barrett (Gillingham).

36:30

Alan Smith (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

36:30

Foul by Charlie Lee (Gillingham).

36:15

Foul by Patrick Bamford (MK Dons).

36:15

Steven Gregory (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

34:00

Attempt missed. Izale McLeod (MK Dons) right footed shot from long range on the right is high and wide to the left.

33:28

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by David Martin.

33:13

Attempt saved. Cody McDonald (Gillingham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

31:48

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

31:48

Foul by Danny Kedwell (Gillingham).

29:39 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Gillingham 2, MK Dons 2. Patrick Bamford (MK Dons) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

28:44

Stephen Gleeson (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

28:44

Foul by Steven Gregory (Gillingham).

28:21

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Alan Smith.

27:49

Foul by Dean Lewington (MK Dons).

27:49

Chris Whelpdale (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

26:50

Shaun Williams (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

26:50

Foul by Danny Kedwell (Gillingham).

25:53 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Gillingham 2, MK Dons 1. Patrick Bamford (MK Dons) header from the right side of the six yard box to the high centre of the goal.

25:05

Izale McLeod (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:05

Foul by Adam Barrett (Gillingham).

24:49

Alan Smith (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the left wing.

24:49

Foul by Charlie Lee (Gillingham).

24:09

Foul by Patrick Bamford (MK Dons).

24:09

Callum Davies (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

22:57 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, MK Dons. Izale McLeod replaces Lee Hodson.

22:27 Booking

Booking Joe Martin (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card.

22:22

Danny Green (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

22:22

Foul by Joe Martin (Gillingham).

21:28

Attempt saved. Charlie Lee (Gillingham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

19:29

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Callum Davies.

18:50

Shaun Williams (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

18:50

Foul by Adam Barrett (Gillingham).

18:00

Attempt saved. Danny Green (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

17:16

Attempt missed. Danny Hollands (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

15:36

Patrick Bamford (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:36

Foul by Adam Barrett (Gillingham).

14:41

Darren Potter (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

14:41

Foul by Danny Kedwell (Gillingham).

14:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, MK Dons. Alan Smith replaces Samir Carruthers.

12:42 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Gillingham 2, MK Dons 0. Danny Kedwell (Gillingham) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the high centre of the goal.

12:21 Dismissal

Dismissal Tom Flanagan (MK Dons) is shown the red card for a bad foul.

12:00

Penalty Gillingham. Cody McDonald draws a foul in the penalty area.

11:43

Penalty conceded by Tom Flanagan (MK Dons) after a foul in the penalty area.

11:11

Foul by Danny Kedwell (Gillingham).

11:11

Darren Potter (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

10:17 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Gillingham 1, MK Dons 0. Danny Kedwell (Gillingham) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

9:29

Penalty Gillingham. Cody McDonald draws a foul in the penalty area.

9:29

Penalty conceded by Tom Flanagan (MK Dons) after a foul in the penalty area.

5:02 Booking

Booking Danny Green (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card.

4:56

Danny Green (MK Dons) has gone down, but that's a dive.

4:02

Foul by Danny Kedwell (Gillingham).

4:02

Tom Flanagan (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

2:12

Attempt missed. Cody McDonald (Gillingham) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the right.

1:48

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Danny Green.

1:06

Foul by Lee Hodson (MK Dons).

1:06

Charlie Lee (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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