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MK Dons3Portsmouth1

Milton Keynes Dons 3-1 Portsmouth

Struggling MK Dons beat play-off chasers Portsmouth 3-1 to move level on points with Tranmere either side of the survival line.

First-half goals from Rhys Healey and Conor McGrandles set Russell Martin's men on their way, before Alex Gilbey added a late third and Pompey's Ronan Curtis tapped home a consolation at the death.

Kenny Jackett's side, backed by more than 4,000 travelling supporters, started the better of the two sides.

They went close on 24 minutes when Andy Cannon's left-footed volley fizzed inches wide of goal.

But Dons took the lead in the 35th minute when Dean Lewington's hopeful long ball from within his own half slotted Healey through on goal and he poked home his second in as many games.

The hosts doubled their lead just before the break when McGrandles' sweet left-footed strike from the edge of the Pompey box found the top corner.

Gilbey made it 3-0 five minutes from time with a delicate chip over Pompey keeper Craig MacGillivray, before Curtis found the net for the visitors at the death.

Report supplied by PA Media

Line-ups

MK Dons

  • 1Nicholls
  • 25BrittainBooked at 68mins
  • 2Williams
  • 4WalshBooked at 83mins
  • 3Lewington
  • 24Houghton
  • 18McGrandlesBooked at 26mins
  • 29KasumuBooked at 77mins
  • 8GilbeySubstituted forReevesat 90+1'minutes
  • 10HealeySubstituted forNombeat 68'minutes
  • 20MasonSubstituted forAgardat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Poole
  • 6Cargill
  • 7Reeves
  • 14Agard
  • 22Moore
  • 26Boateng
  • 27Nombe

Portsmouth

  • 1MacGillivray
  • 13Bolton
  • 6BurgessBooked at 84mins
  • 20Raggett
  • 2Walkes
  • 4Naylor
  • 33Close
  • 14CannonSubstituted forPitmanat 72'minutes
  • 19HarnessBooked at 61minsSubstituted forEvansat 72'minutes
  • 11Curtis
  • 22HarrisonSubstituted forMarquisat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Downing
  • 8Pitman
  • 9Hawkins
  • 10Marquis
  • 26Evans
  • 35Bass
  • 37Mnoga
Referee:
Leigh Doughty
Attendance:
12,788

Match Stats

Home TeamMK DonsAway TeamPortsmouth
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home18
Away24
Shots on Target
Home7
Away9
Corners
Home4
Away8
Fouls
Home11
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, MK Dons 3, Portsmouth 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, MK Dons 3, Portsmouth 1.

Goal!

Goal! MK Dons 3, Portsmouth 1. Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth) header from very close range to the top left corner. Assisted by James Bolton with a headed pass.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Ben Reeves replaces Alex Gilbey.

Foul by Gareth Evans (Portsmouth).

David Kasumu (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Brett Pitman (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ronan Curtis.

Attempt saved. Sam Nombe (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Dean Lewington.

Goal!

Goal! MK Dons 3, Portsmouth 0. Alex Gilbey (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sam Nombe following a fast break.

Booking

Christian Burgess (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Joe Walsh (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card.

John Marquis (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Joe Walsh (MK Dons).

Attempt missed. Alex Gilbey (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Lee Nicholls.

Attempt saved. John Marquis (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Anton Walkes with a cross.

Attempt missed. Jordan Houghton (MK Dons) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Dean Lewington with a cross following a corner.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Ronan Curtis.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Kieran Agard replaces Joe Mason.

Booking

David Kasumu (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Christian Burgess (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Kasumu (MK Dons).

Attempt saved. David Kasumu (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Dean Lewington.

Foul by Anton Walkes (Portsmouth).

Sam Nombe (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Tom Naylor (Portsmouth) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Sean Raggett following a corner.

Attempt missed. Sean Raggett (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Gareth Evans with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Callum Brittain.

Attempt blocked. Gareth Evans (Portsmouth) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is blocked.

Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Callum Brittain (MK Dons).

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Brett Pitman replaces Andrew Cannon.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Gareth Evans replaces Marcus Harness.

Attempt missed. Callum Brittain (MK Dons) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Conor McGrandles.

Offside, Portsmouth. Christian Burgess tries a through ball, but Andrew Cannon is caught offside.

John Marquis (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Dean Lewington (MK Dons).

Attempt missed. Marcus Harness (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Andrew Cannon following a corner.

Booking

Callum Brittain (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Lee Nicholls.

Attempt saved. Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Andrew Cannon.

goal

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