League Two
Forest Green1MK Dons2

Forest Green Rovers 1-2 Milton Keynes Dons

Kieran Agard's 21st goal of the season and Russell Martin's late winner kept MK Dons' automatic-promotion ambitions on track as they dealt a body blow to Forest Green's play-off hopes.

Agard pounced on a defensive aberration between Rovers keeper Lewis Ward and captain Gavin Gunning to score the opener on 38 minutes.

Ward's short goal kick allowed David Wheeler to pick Gunning's pocket for Agard to pounce.

The Dons were then first on the front foot after the restart, Conor McGrandles hitting the outside of Ward's post on 48 minutes.

Rovers survived a 50th-minute reprieve when Jake Hesketh opened up the hosts, but Agard skewed wide with just Ward to beat.

Mark Cooper's side were back in it on 63 minutes when George Williams stooped to nod home for the equaliser.

But Paul Tisdale's side underpinned their promotion hopes when Martin poked home with three minutes to go, pushing them up to second thanks to Bury's home defeat by Swindon, while Rovers remain in the play-off pack in sixth.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Forest Green

  • 34Ward
  • 2Shephard
  • 6RawsonBooked at 45mins
  • 20DigbySubstituted forMcGinleyat 64'minutes
  • 23Mills
  • 7Winchester
  • 10Brown
  • 16Gunning
  • 25ScobleSubstituted forGrubbat 64'minutes
  • 9Doidge
  • 11WilliamsSubstituted forMcCoulskyat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4James
  • 8Grubb
  • 19McGinley
  • 21McCoulsky
  • 22Godwin-Malife
  • 24Montgomery
  • 26Reid

MK Dons

  • 1Nicholls
  • 16MartinBooked at 60mins
  • 25Brittain
  • 4Walsh
  • 3Lewington
  • 18McGrandlesBooked at 77mins
  • 33HarleySubstituted forCisséat 78'minutes
  • 24HoughtonSubstituted forSimpsonat 78'minutes
  • 21WheelerSubstituted forAnekeat 71'minutes
  • 14Agard
  • 11Hesketh

Substitutes

  • 6Cissé
  • 7Watson
  • 10Aneke
  • 19Simpson
  • 20D'Ath
  • 22Moore
  • 34Walker
Referee:
Chris Sarginson
Attendance:
3,220

Match Stats

Home TeamForest GreenAway TeamMK Dons
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home12
Away16
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away9
Fouls
Home9
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Forest Green Rovers 1, MK Dons 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 1, MK Dons 2.

Attempt blocked. Chuks Aneke (MK Dons) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked.

Foul by Shawn McCoulsky (Forest Green Rovers).

Dean Lewington (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Nathan McGinley (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Chuks Aneke (MK Dons).

Foul by Liam Shephard (Forest Green Rovers).

Jake Hesketh (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Kieran Agard (MK Dons) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

Goal!

Goal! Forest Green Rovers 1, MK Dons 2. Russell Martin (MK Dons) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Lewis Ward.

Foul by Joseph Mills (Forest Green Rovers).

Callum Brittain (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Ousseynou Cissé (MK Dons) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Liam Shephard.

Attempt missed. Robbie Simpson (MK Dons) right footed shot from very close range is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Shawn McCoulsky (Forest Green Rovers).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Shawn McCoulsky replaces George Williams.

Joseph Mills (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Robbie Simpson (MK Dons).

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Robbie Simpson replaces Jordan Houghton.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Ousseynou Cissé replaces Ryan Harley.

Booking

Conor McGrandles (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Reece Brown (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Conor McGrandles (MK Dons).

Attempt blocked. Chuks Aneke (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Dayle Grubb (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Dayle Grubb (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Ryan Harley (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Chuks Aneke replaces David Wheeler.

Foul by Gavin Gunning (Forest Green Rovers).

Jake Hesketh (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Joseph Mills (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jake Hesketh (MK Dons).

Attempt missed. Carl Winchester (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Jake Hesketh (MK Dons) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Nathan McGinley replaces Paul Digby.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Dayle Grubb replaces Junior Mondal.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lincoln City402214470373380
2MK Dons402191066412572
3Bury392011872442871
4Mansfield401815760342669
5Tranmere3919101059421767
6Forest Green4016131158411761
7Exeter3917101252411161
8Colchester401791458481060
9Carlisle40177165954558
10Swindon391512125047357
11Newport38167154957-855
12Stevenage40159164552-754
13Crewe40158174952-353
14Northampton401216125052-252
15Oldham381312135648851
16Cheltenham40149175258-651
17Grimsby40147194050-1049
18Morecambe40129194562-1745
19Port Vale401111183546-1144
20Crawley40127214059-1943
21Cambridge39119193457-2342
22Yeovil4099223759-2236
23Notts County40812204172-3136
24Macclesfield39811204165-2435
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