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Milton Keynes Dons 0-1 Plymouth Argyle

Gary Sawyer scored his first goal for Plymouth in eight years as Derek Adams' side recorded a 1-0 win at MK Dons to move four points clear of the League One relegation zone.

The visitors leapfrogged their opponents in the table as struggling MK extended their winless run to seven and now sit just three points and one place above the drop zone.

Plymouth took the lead in the 16th minute after some good work from Toumani Diagouraga in midfield allowed him to roll a neat through ball into the path of the onrushing Sawyer to the left of the MK Dons box, before the experienced left-back coolly slotted home his first Argyle goal since Boxing Day 2009.

Dons keeper Lee Nicholls almost gifted the Pilgrims a second after rolling the ball straight to Ryan Taylor on the edge of his own box, but the forward saw his first-time effort fly just wide of goal.

The hosts threatened late on but failed to truly test the Argyle defence as Adams' side continued their march away from the drop zone.

Match report supplied by Press Association.

Line-ups

MK Dons

Formation 3-4-3

  • 1Nicholls
  • 2Williams
  • 19Ebanks-Landell
  • 4Walsh
  • 7Ariyibi
  • 26Gilbey
  • 18McGrandlesSubstituted forCisséat 71'minutes
  • 11Pawlett
  • 14Agard
  • 9SowSubstituted forUpsonat 71'minutes
  • 10Aneke

Substitutes

  • 5Wootton
  • 6Upson
  • 8Cissé
  • 13Sietsma
  • 15Seager
  • 16Muirhead
  • 30Nombe

Plymouth

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 29Roos
  • 18Threlkeld
  • 5Edwards
  • 15Bradley
  • 3Sawyer
  • 4Songo'oBooked at 47mins
  • 11LameirasSubstituted forGrantat 86'minutes
  • 24Fox
  • 32Diagouraga
  • 10CareySubstituted forJervisat 80'minutes
  • 19Taylor

Substitutes

  • 2Miller
  • 7Sarcevic
  • 8Ainsworth
  • 14Jervis
  • 16Grant
  • 21Wylde
  • 31Cooper
Referee:
John Busby
Attendance:
9,268

Match Stats

Home TeamMK DonsAway TeamPlymouth
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home13
Away9
Shots on Target
Home1
Away4
Corners
Home8
Away2
Fouls
Home12
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, MK Dons 0, Plymouth Argyle 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, MK Dons 0, Plymouth Argyle 1.

  3. Post update

    Gboly Ariyibi (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Oscar Threlkeld (Plymouth Argyle).

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Joel Grant replaces Ruben Lameiras.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Peter Pawlett (MK Dons) right footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high.

  7. Post update

    Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Yann Songo'o.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Ethan Ebanks-Landell.

  9. Post update

    Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Gary Sawyer.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Jake Jervis replaces Graham Carey.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Chuks Aneke (MK Dons).

  12. Post update

    Sonny Bradley (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ryan Taylor (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Graham Carey (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Joe Walsh (MK Dons).

  16. Post update

    Ruben Lameiras (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Gboly Ariyibi (MK Dons) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ryan Taylor (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  19. Post update

    Yann Songo'o (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Chuks Aneke (MK Dons).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wigan23164349123752
2Shrewsbury23146330141648
3Blackburn23145442202247
4Scunthorpe24136534201445
5Bradford2413383731642
6Peterborough2411584235738
7Portsmouth24122102927238
8Rotherham24113104133836
9Charlton2310673130136
10Oxford Utd248883635132
11Southend248792938-931
12Walsall237973031-130
13Doncaster2486102627-130
14Fleetwood2486103338-530
15Blackpool2477103034-428
16Bristol Rovers2491143341-828
17Gillingham246992326-327
18Oldham2476113846-827
19Plymouth2476112332-927
20MK Dons2468102635-926
21Wimbledon2365121829-1123
22Northampton2465131942-2323
23Rochdale2341092431-722
24Bury2345141935-1617
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