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Stevenage 2-3 Milton Keynes Dons

Dean Lewington's stoppage-time winner capped an amazing comeback by MK Dons as they fought back from 2-0 down to claim victory at struggling Stevenage.

The hosts were in control at half-time when Dean Parrett's well-taken opener was added to by Lucas Akins' penalty.

But with 10 minutes left Jordan Spence forced the ball in from close range.

Ben Reeves brought MK Dons level from 30 yards four minutes later before defender Lewington rose highest to head home a Reeves corner.

The victory puts Karl Robinson's side within three points of the play-off places, while Stevenage are two points from safety.

Stevenage boss Graham Westley told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"It's the old cliche - the game of two halves. We knew conditions would be a factor in the game. A right-left wind as we looked at it. We felt it was important to take the initiative and get the conditions with us in the first half.

"We all know the danger of the 2-0 scoreline. On the one hand you feel like you've got something that you really need to protect, and on the other you know that you've got to keep taking the game forward.

"I think the difficulty in the second half was we had a narrow three at the back and Daisy (Stevenage goal keeper Chris Day) was struggling to reach the halfway line with his kicks, and the ball kept coming back at us. We changed shape to try and deal with that, but we weren't really positive enough with our game.

"The way we look at it, 13 decent enough halves of football, and a horrible second half. There's no point dwelling on that, it's not going to help us. Everybody is a little bit bewildered, but it's the 13 halves of football before that that we're going to focus on."

MK Dons boss Karl Robinson told BBC Three Counties:

"What played a massive part today was how strong that wind was - it was right down the pitch, and in the first half we struggled to get out. And also our work ethic wasn't great either.

"Stevenage played an awful lot more football in the first half and made it difficult for us to get anywhere near them. They played a different system and I had to change things at half time, dig deep tactically as well.

"I could have changed any player on that pitch [at half time]. And the ones who stayed, I said 'listen, you're probably lucky to stay on, but now it's down to you to do the right thing second half.' I thought the subs who came on made a massive difference.

"Dele Alli second half was sensational. He keeps pulling things out of the bag. I'm running short on players, and staff, and we still keep winning."

Line-ups

Stevenage

  • 16Day
  • 22Obeng
  • 9Charles
  • 15Freeman
  • 5Ashton
  • 4Dembele
  • 20Smith
  • 13ParrettSubstituted forDoughtyat 61'minutesBooked at 88mins
  • 12Zoko
  • 11AkinsSubstituted forMoraisat 90+6'minutes
  • 8MousinhoSubstituted forBurrowat 90+6'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Arnold
  • 2Wedgbury
  • 7Morais
  • 10Burrow
  • 23Reid
  • 24Doughty
  • 29Hartley

MK Dons

  • 1Martin
  • 3Lewington
  • 12Reeves
  • 18Baldock
  • 24Kay
  • 17PowellSubstituted forBowditchat 45'minutes
  • 14Alli
  • 23Spence
  • 13McLeodSubstituted forLoveridgeat 45'minutes
  • 27OdelusiSubstituted forGallowayat 72'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 11SmithBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 9Bowditch
  • 15Randall
  • 19Galloway
  • 20Rasulo
  • 21Hall
  • 22Loveridge
  • 50Burns
Referee:
Fred Graham
Attendance:
3,027

Match Stats

Home TeamStevenageAway TeamMK Dons
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home7
Away13
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home8
Away10
Fouls
Home9
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Stevenage 2, MK Dons 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Stevenage 2, MK Dons 3.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Stevenage. Jordan Burrow replaces John Mousinho.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Stevenage. Filipe Morais replaces Lucas Akins.

  5. Goal!

    Goal! Stevenage 2, MK Dons 3. Dean Lewington (MK Dons) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ben Reeves with a cross.

  6. Post update

    Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Jon Ashton.

  7. Post update

    Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Bira Dembele.

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Darius Charles (Stevenage).

  10. Booking

    Alan Smith (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Alan Smith (MK Dons).

  12. Post update

    Francois Zoko (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Francois Zoko (Stevenage).

  15. Booking

    Michael Doughty (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Michael Doughty (Stevenage).

  18. Post update

    Foul by Bamidele Alli (MK Dons).

  19. Post update

    Darius Charles (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. James Loveridge (MK Dons) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves37248567234480
2Brentford36247562323079
3Leyton Orient38229771353675
4Rotherham371912668442469
5Preston381815552371569
6Peterborough37184155849958
7MK Dons38167155652455
8Swindon38149155451351
9Walsall381214124241150
10Port Vale37155175159-850
11Sheff Utd36139143740-348
12Crawley341113103841-346
13Bradford371015124946345
14Gillingham38136195063-1345
15Bristol City38916135661-543
16Colchester371013144247-543
17Coventry371410136768-142
18Oldham38119184254-1242
19Crewe381010184570-2540
20Tranmere37109184667-2139
21Carlisle37108193961-2238
22Shrewsbury38813173649-1337
23Stevenage37107203958-1937
24Notts County38104244968-1934
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