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Crawley Town 2-2 Milton Keynes Dons

Matt Harrold
Matt Harrold joined Crawley from Bristol Rovers in the summer

Crawley striker Matt Harrold played in goal for over 50 minutes and won man of the match as his side conceded a last-minute equaliser to draw with MK Dons.

With no keeper on the bench, Harrold, who had never previously played in goal, came on for Brian Jensen after the Dane dislocated a finger.

Izale McLeod's penalty had given Crawley a first-half lead and his low shot made it 2-0 after the break.

However, Will Grigg's header and Alli's scrambled shot earned MK Dons a point.

Harrold, 30, with Jensen giving him encouragement from the stand behind the goal, made a number of saves to deny the visitors but was ultimately left heartbroken.

After the game, MK boss Karl Robinson claimed one of his players had tea thrown on them and his assistant was spat at by Crawley fans
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He told BBC Surrey: "I've never played in goal before. Not even in training.

"I got pressured into it because everyone just looked at me and said 'you're big'. It's a bit embarrassing because it's my first man of the match for the club."

The former Bristol Rovers man added: "It was such a late goal to concede and we're all devastated but we would have taken a point when I went in goal.

"It was a bit like playing with 10 men because we dropped deep and they hung high balls up at me but I did enjoy it.

"I felt comfortable in there in the second half after having a bit of a shocker when I first came on."

The draw means Crawley remain in the League One relegation zone, while Karl Robinson's promotion-chasing side sit third.

Crawley Town interim boss Dean Saunders told BBC Surrey:

"The fourth official put the board up with five minutes extra and played 96. Eventually there're so many people in the box that one of the balls has dropped to them and it feels like we've lost two points.

"We've got one goalkeeper at the club which I find unbelievable really but we have one keeper at the club and I was hoping we could get through this game and next week I can address it.

"Matt Harrold has gone in goal - hero. All the players have done well today and I can't pick any of them out.

"All of them have battled and done everything I asked and the reaction from the supporters tells you everything and Crawley was like Crawley again. It was hostile and they definitely got us a result, so the more I talk about it I think it's a point gained."



Formation 4-4-2

  • 1JensenSubstituted forHarroldat 39'minutes
  • 2Oyebanjo
  • 25Ward
  • 12Walsh
  • 6Bradley
  • 7EdwardsSubstituted forAndersonat 69'minutes
  • 4HendersonSubstituted forYoungat 26'minutes
  • 8Smith
  • 33Elliott
  • 9McLeod
  • 21TomlinBooked at 90mins


  • 14Young
  • 15Banya
  • 17Anderson
  • 18Harrold
  • 20Bawling

MK Dons

Formation 4-5-1

  • 1Martin
  • 12SpenceSubstituted forPowellat 64'minutes
  • 6KaySubstituted forHitchcockat 88'minutes
  • 5McFadzean
  • 3Lewington
  • 10Reeves
  • 8Potter
  • 22CarruthersSubstituted forBowditchat 52'minutes
  • 13BakerBooked at 90mins
  • 11GriggBooked at 90mins
  • 14AlliBooked at 87mins


  • 2Hodson
  • 7Green
  • 9Bowditch
  • 16McLoughlin
  • 17Powell
  • 18Baldock
  • 19Hitchcock
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Match Stats

Home TeamCrawleyAway TeamMK Dons
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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Crawley Town 2, MK Dons 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Crawley Town 2, MK Dons 2.

  3. Booking

    Carl Baker (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

  4. Booking

    William Grigg (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

  5. Goal!

    Goal! Crawley Town 2, MK Dons 2. Dele Alli (MK Dons) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

  6. Post update

    Ben Reeves (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Izale McLeod (Crawley Town).

  8. Post update

    Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Sonny Bradley.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Booking

    Gavin Tomlin (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card.

  11. Post update

    Antony Kay (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Gavin Tomlin (Crawley Town).

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, MK Dons. Tom Hitchcock replaces Antony Kay.

  14. Booking

    Dele Alli (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Dele Alli (MK Dons).

  16. Post update

    Sonny Bradley (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  17. Post update

    Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Jimmy Smith.

  18. Post update

    Kyle McFadzean (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Izale McLeod (Crawley Town).

  20. Post update

    Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Lanre Oyebanjo.

As It Stood

1Bristol City24156346222451
3MK Dons23136450242645
6Sheff Utd2310673027336
10Port Vale2595113136-532
12Notts County238782728-131
20Leyton Orient2467113235-325
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