Lewie celebrates a win in his Dons testimonial

Match report
Match report

Dean Lewington celebrated his testimonial with a 1-0 win over Championship side Nottingham Forest at stadium:mk on Sunday.

The Dons captain was given a guard of honour as he emerged from the tunnel, celebrating 10 years with MK Dons.

Manager Karl Robinson named another strong line-up against Stuart Pearce’s men, and by all accounts they were more than comfortable against the higher-league opposition.

Striker Will Grigg came close for Dons on 10 minutes as his shot came within a whisker of opening the scoring, but the home side didn’t have to wait much longer for an opener.

Ben Reeves, who missed the end of last season through injury, found himself in a pocket of space to coolly slot home Lee Hodson’s cut back, putting Dons into the lead.

Forest almost responded immediately after the restart with a close-range free-kick which Andy Reid floated onto the roof of the net.

Grigg went close again with a header, though it was well saved by Forest keeper Karl Darlow low down to his right.

Hodson and Reeves both went close as Dons looked the more likely to add to the scoring before the break, but were happy to settle for a lead at half time.

Forest were on the front foot for much of the second half, with Ben Osborne and Lars Veldwijk both coming close in the early stages.

As Dons fitness conditioning continued, Robinson made his first substitutions with 19 minutes to go.

As ever, as both sides made sweeping changes, the game lost its flow in the latter stages of the game, and saw Dons comfortably home.

Dons are next in action tonight (Tuesday) against Cambridge United, featuring former Don Luke Chadwick.