League One
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Milton Keynes Dons 3-2 Gillingham

Dean Lewington's last-minute winner saw MK Dons claim a dramatic victory as struggling Gillingham slipped to within two points of the League One relegation places.

In a breathtaking final few moments that produced two goals, two red cards and a missed penalty, the home side emerged victorious to leave Gills down in 20th spot after suffering a fourth successive loss.

The visitors, who had trailed 2-0 after 10 minutes, had looked to have snatched a valuable point when Josh Wright slotted home a 90th-minute equaliser after seeing his initial penalty saved.

Dons defender George Williams received his marching orders for giving away that spot-kick, but the 10 men of MK Dons rallied and went down the other end to snatch a winner as captain Lewington netted his first goal of the season.

There was still time after that for Gillingham to also see a man sent off, with Bradley Dack dismissed after picking up a second yellow card, as the home side managed to hold on.

It took the hosts just five minutes to grab an opener as Robbie Muirhead unleashed a stunning strike into the top corner.

And it was 2-0 little more than five minutes later as Leicester loanee Harvey Barnes slotted home from inside the box.

But Gillingham responded and clawed one back 10 minutes after the break as Cody McDonald netted from Lee Martin's cross, before Dons' Williams saw red for bringing the scorer down inside the box a minute from time.

Wright missed the spot-kick but scored the rebound to equalise and make it 2-2.

However, there was still another twist in the tale as Lewington converted Ben Reeves' cross in the final seconds before Dack was sent off for a second caution.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

MK Dons

  • 19Nicholls
  • 2BaldockBooked at 85mins
  • 12GB WilliamsBooked at 89mins
  • 4Walsh
  • 3Lewington
  • 6UpsonSubstituted forPotterat 69'minutes
  • 11O'Keefe
  • 10ReevesSubstituted forDowningat 90+3'minutes
  • 18Barnes
  • 16Muirhead
  • 14AgardSubstituted forBowditchat 69'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 7Ngombo
  • 8Potter
  • 9Bowditch
  • 21Brittain
  • 23Downing
  • 28Maynard
  • 29Burns

Gillingham

  • 30Holy
  • 5EhmerBooked at 37mins
  • 6OshilajaBooked at 86mins
  • 31Rehman
  • 2JacksonSubstituted forListat 78'minutes
  • 14L Martin
  • 33Byrne
  • 44Wright
  • 23DackBooked at 90mins
  • 34CornickSubstituted forParkerat 77'minutes
  • 10McDonald

Substitutes

  • 1Nelson
  • 8Hessenthaler
  • 9Donnelly
  • 17Quigley
  • 19Parker
  • 21List
  • 29Muldoon
Referee:
Carl Boyeson
Attendance:
8,807

Match Stats

Home TeamMK DonsAway TeamGillingham
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home12
Away8
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away20

Live Text

Match ends, MK Dons 3, Gillingham 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, MK Dons 3, Gillingham 2.

Booking

Dean Bowditch (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Max Ehmer.

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

Foul by Max Ehmer (Gillingham).

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Bradley Dack (Gillingham) for a bad foul.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Paul Downing replaces Ben Reeves.

Goal!

Goal! MK Dons 3, Gillingham 2. Dean Lewington (MK Dons) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Ben Reeves.

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

Foul by Bradley Dack (Gillingham).

Goal!

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

Penalty saved! Josh Wright (Gillingham) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

Dismissal

George B Williams (MK Dons) is shown the red card.

Penalty conceded by George B Williams (MK Dons) after a foul in the penalty area.

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

Harvey Barnes (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mark Byrne (Gillingham).

Attempt missed. Joe Walsh (MK Dons) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Booking

Adedeji Oshilaja (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Adedeji Oshilaja (Gillingham).

Booking

George Baldock (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Josh Parker (Gillingham).

Foul by George Baldock (MK Dons).

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

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Joe Walsh.

Attempt blocked. Mark Byrne (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Bradley Dack (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Harvey Barnes (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Bradley Dack (Gillingham).

Attempt missed. Dean Lewington (MK Dons) header from the right side of the six yard box is too high.

Joe Walsh (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lee Martin (Gillingham).

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Elliott List replaces Ryan Jackson.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Josh Parker replaces Harry Cornick.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Stuart O'Keefe (MK Dons) because of an injury.

Foul by Stuart O'Keefe (MK Dons).

goal

As It Stood

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1Sheff Utd402410676443282
2Bolton402210862342876
3Fleetwood401912955371869
4Bradford411718655391669
5Scunthorpe4119101270511967
6Southend4018121063471666
7Millwall401712115648863
8Bristol Rovers411612136059160
9Oxford Utd40178155647959
10Rochdale401610146359458
11Peterborough411610155754358
12Wimbledon411315135251154
13Walsall401314134750-353
14MK Dons401312155151051
15Northampton41149185864-651
16Charlton401017134948147
17Bury411210195869-1146
18Port Vale391112164459-1545
19Oldham411015162742-1545
20Gillingham411112185371-1845
21Shrewsbury401110194157-1643
22Swindon41119214259-1742
23Chesterfield41810233866-2834
24Coventry40711223360-2732
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