The FA Cup - Second Round
MK DonsMilton Keynes Dons1DoverDover Athletic0

Milton Keynes Dons 1-0 Dover Athletic

Ben Reeves

Ben Reeves' strike ended non-league Dover's FA Cup run and earned MK Dons a place in the third round.

Reeves struck in the second half after a first period of few chances in which Jason Banton fired wide for the hosts.

But Reeves found the net from inside the box with a decent finish while Patrick Bamford went close soon after.

George Baldock saw one shot fly just wide and another saved while Dover's Sean Raggett also hit his own post as Bamford missed an open goal late on.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

MK Dons boss Karl Robinson told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"It wasn't convincing, let's not hide that fact, but we're through to the third round.

"Arguably we were by far the better team, but we looked like we lacked a little bit of confidence, a little bit of an edge, a little bit of fluency to our play.

"At the moment we are picking at bare bones. But the young players have dug deep today; I thought Samir Carruthers was outstanding. Today he's really shown me his coming of age."

Dover manager Chris Kinnear told BBC Radio Kent:

"I'm disappointed, I thought the last ten minutes we really had a go and the chances we had, I think we could have got something, the lads have gone home disappointed.

"They should be Championship or Premier League looking at this place. Our lads have got to go back to work Monday, they've just come back from Dubai so it's a little bit different.

"We came here to have a go, you have to defend but why sit back and wait for them to score, but maybe we were over confident."

Line-ups

MK Dons

  • 1MartinSubstituted forMcLoughlinat 77'minutes
  • 5HodsonBooked at 89mins
  • 3Lewington
  • 11Smith
  • 23Spence
  • 6WilliamsBooked at 84mins
  • 22CarruthersSubstituted forGallowayat 77'minutes
  • 7Gleeson
  • 15Bamford
  • 12Reeves
  • 21BantonSubstituted forBaldockat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Flanagan
  • 16McLoughlin
  • 18Baldock
  • 19Galloway
  • 20Rasulo

Dover

  • 1Walker
  • 2Stone
  • 3Wynter
  • 4KinnearSubstituted forOrluat 90'minutes
  • 6Forbes
  • 5Raggett
  • 7ModesteSubstituted forBakareat 57'minutes
  • 8Rogers
  • 9Elder
  • 10Cogan
  • 11MurphySubstituted forCharlesat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Charles
  • 14Bakare
  • 15Orlu
  • 16Kamara
  • 17Woodall
  • 18Hook
  • 19Carew
Referee:
Lee Collins
Attendance:
4,060

Match Stats

Home TeamMK DonsAway TeamDover
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home27
Away9
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home7
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, MK Dons 1, Dover Athletic 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, MK Dons 1, Dover Athletic 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Michael Bakare (Dover Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tom Wynter (Dover Athletic) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Dover Athletic. Conceded by Lee Hodson.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Brendan Galloway (MK Dons).

  7. Post update

    James Rogers (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Ben Reeves (MK Dons).

  9. Post update

    Tom Wynter (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sean Raggett (Dover Athletic) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Dover Athletic. Richard Orlu replaces Chris Kinnear.

  12. Post update

    Foul by George Baldock (MK Dons).

  13. Post update

    James Rogers (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Patrick Bamford (MK Dons) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

  15. Post update

    Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Craig Stone.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Dover Athletic. Elliott Charles replaces Tom Murphy.

  17. Booking

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

  18. Post update

    Corner, Dover Athletic. Conceded by Ben Reeves.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Dean Lewington (MK Dons) header from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  20. Post update

    Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Sean Raggett.