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MK Dons are at Priestfield Stadium this evening to take on Gillingham in League One.
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LIVE: Gillingham 3-2 MK Dons
Last updated: Tuesday, 02 March, 2021, 20:19
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FULL TIME: Gillingham 3-2 MK Dons
That’s a bitter one to take for MK Dons. Probably played the better football across 90 minutes, but they didn’t deal with a second-half set-piece and it was their undoing.
They had some decent chances in the second half, Surman had to score from close range, while Jerome and O’Riley both made Bonham make saves, but they walk away from Priestfield with defeat once again.
90+4mins: Fine stop from Bonham
That could be Dons’ last chance as Matt O’Riley takes aim from the edge of the box, but Bonham needs his fingertips to flick it over the top.
78 mins: Jules makes way
Dons make a fourth change, with Matthew Sorinola replacing Zak Jules
73 mins: Dons napping at a set piece
Dons had just made a triple substitution but they were napping when a long throw came into the box and the loose ball was lashed home by Connor Ogilvie to restore the lead for Gillingham.
On came Joe Mason, Jordan Houghton and Josh McEachran for Jerome, Grigg and Surman.
68 mins: Fisher at full-stretch
Olly Lee chances his hand from range and it looks as though it’s heading in but Fisher is at full-stretch to tip it over the bar.
60 mins: Good stop from Bonham
Ethan Laird has raced about 40 yards unchallenged with the ball, he threads a brilliant ball through to Jerome but Jack Bonham makes a good stop at his near post.
The mist is really thick now, we can barely see the pitch in front.
56 mins: Dons getting back on top
They’re beginning to play at a better tempo now and twice they’ve got into the penalty area but it’s still level. Warren O’Hora, Cameron Jerome and Scott Fraser all got touches but didn’t get a shot away, but Surman HAS to score when he’s nodded through by Jerome but he lifts the ball over the bar.
Back underway at Priestfield.
In the picture: Dons’ goal-scorers
Warren O’Hora celebrates with Will Grigg, who set him up deep into stoppage time.
Half time: Gillingham 2-2 MK Dons
What a strange half of football. Dons started really well with that brilliant 55-pass move for the opener, but Gillingham’s 12th minute ‘time-out’ gave them new life and from there, they put the visitors under a lot more pressure and it paid off.
Not a lot O’Hora could do with his hands by his side but his handball gave the hosts a penalty which Jordan Graham dispatched before a poor header from Andrew Surman was pounced on by Vadaine Oliver to fire Gillingham ahead.
O’Hora made up for it with his strike at the death of the half though. Russell Martin will want a much more incisive performance from his side in the second period. For all their ball, they’ve created precious little and Gillingham’s relentless pressing is what caused them problems.
45+5mins: O’Hora makes amends!
Gillingham are furious a corner is given at the very end of the half, much to the fury of Steve Evans. It’s played short, but Grigg eventually breaks into the box and rolls it into the six yard box for Warren O’Hora to make amends for his earlier handball and touch it home to level things up!
44 mins: Gillingham capitalise to lead
It’s a cruel one for Andrew Surman, but it’s his header back which is pounced on by Vadaine Oliver, who goes through on goal and beats Fisher to give the home side the lead.
32 mins: Frustrating for Dons
The penalty came at a really frustrating time for Dons. Until then, they’d been in total control and Gillingham had barely looked a threat at all.
They’ve looked a lot more lively since the equaliser, have the visitors, and it’s given a bit more oomph to them but it’s also turning into a bit of a screaming match for the Gillingham dugout as Steve Evans and his crew are appealing for everything every time their players get a touch.
27 mins: Gillingham are level
No mistakes from the spot as Jordan Graham thrashes it into the roof of the net to equalise for the hosts.