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MK DonsMilton Keynes Dons1Nottm ForestNottingham Forest2

Milton Keynes Dons 1-2 Nottingham Forest

Britt Assombalonga
Assombolonga missed 14 months with a serious knee injury

Substitute Britt Assombalonga's winner gave 10-man Nottingham Forest the points at already-relegated MK Dons.

Chris Cohen headed in Ben Osborn's cross to put Forest ahead early on but Nicky Maynard levelled with a close-range finish from Josh Murphy's cross.

Reds defender Danny Fox was shown a straight red card shortly before half-time for fouling Jordan Spence.

But Osborn's skill set up Assombalonga to net his first goal for 15 months since returning from long-term injury.

Maynard missed a golden chance to put the hosts ahead after the break, firing over from four yards, while Ryan Mendes grazed the crossbar for the visitors.

Forest, whose 17-month transfer embargo is set to end, finished the season 16th after their second win for caretaker manager Paul Williams in what was expected to be his final game in charge.

The Dons ended their first season in the Championship in 23rd place after picking up just four points in a miserable 11-match winless run.

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson: "We performed OK and we've probably scored the goal of our season.

"In the second half it did look like two teams who had nothing to play for, it was hard at times sitting here with the lack of intensity through both sides.

"Now the season is over it's about us rebuilding, the line is drawn now and we just need to forget about the disappointments of this season."

Nottingham Forest interim manager Paul Williams: "It was kind of mind-blowing how many of our fans were here. We had nothing to play for and it just shows you the size of Nottingham Forest.

"Chris Cohen has not scored for a long time and he pops up and scores and then it's really written in the stars that Britt has come on and scored the winner.

"You could see what it meant to the staff, the players and the fans with the way he celebrated."

Line-ups

MK Dons

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 29Burns
  • 12SpenceSubstituted forReevesat 50'minutes
  • 40Long
  • 16Walsh
  • 3Lewington
  • 8Potter
  • 14CarruthersSubstituted forJacksonat 88'minutes
  • 7Baker
  • 9Bowditch
  • 31Murphy
  • 28MaynardSubstituted forRevellat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5McFadzean
  • 10Reeves
  • 17Powell
  • 18Revell
  • 32Kasumu
  • 33Jackson
  • 34Furlong

Nottm Forest

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1de Vries
  • 2Lichaj
  • 5Mills
  • 13FoxBooked at 37mins
  • 3Jokic
  • 32TescheSubstituted forAssombalongaat 61'minutesBooked at 75mins
  • 22Gardner
  • 8Cohen
  • 35BurkeSubstituted forMendes da Graçaat 68'minutes
  • 29O'GradySubstituted forMancienneat 40'minutes
  • 38OsbornBooked at 66mins

Substitutes

  • 4Mancienne
  • 9Assombalonga
  • 15Mendes da Graça
  • 18Macheda
  • 24Vaughan
  • 37Grant
  • 48Wright
Referee:
Steve Martin
Attendance:
15,486

Match Stats

Home TeamMK DonsAway TeamNottm Forest
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home20
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home10
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, MK Dons 1, Nottingham Forest 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, MK Dons 1, Nottingham Forest 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Josh Murphy (MK Dons) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Carl Baker.

  4. Post update

    Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Michael Mancienne.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Oran Jackson (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Alex Revell (MK Dons) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Carl Baker with a cross.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, MK Dons. Oran Jackson replaces Samir Carruthers.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Samir Carruthers (MK Dons).

  9. Post update

    Ryan Mendes (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Kevin Long (MK Dons).

  11. Post update

    Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Offside, Nottingham Forest. Michael Mancienne tries a through ball, but Britt Assombalonga is caught offside.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Kevin Long (MK Dons) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Dean Lewington with a cross.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Mendes (Nottingham Forest).

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ben Reeves (MK Dons) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Josh Murphy.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ben Reeves (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Darren Potter (MK Dons).

  19. Post update

    Ryan Mendes (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Samir Carruthers (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Darren Potter.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burnley462615572353793
2Middlesbrough462611963313289
3Brighton462417572423089
4Hull4624111169353483
5Derby4621151066432378
6Sheff Wed4619171066452174
7Ipswich461815135351269
8Cardiff461717125651568
9Brentford46198197267565
10Birmingham461615155349463
11Preston461517144545062
12QPR461418145454060
13Leeds461417155058-859
14Wolves461416165358-558
15Blackburn461316174646055
16Nottm Forest461316174347-455
17Reading461313205259-752
18Bristol City461313205471-1752
19Huddersfield461312215970-1151
20Fulham461215196679-1351
21Rotherham461310235371-1849
22Charlton46913244080-4040
23MK Dons46912253969-3039
24Bolton46515264181-4030
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