David Martin - 7 - Was put under more pressure than he probably would have expected from the League Two side, but made the all-important penalty save to win the tie for Dons.
However, he might have done better with Zaid Mohamed’s equaliser which sailed over his head.
Dean Lewington - 6 - Struggled to keep tabs on lively winger Jermaine McGlashan, but made some excellent long-range passes into dangerous attacking areas.
He also hit the bar in extra time with a free-kick on the edge of the box.
Gary MacKenzie - 7 - Strong in the air as ever, he looked just as confident with the ball at his feet. Limited Cheltenham to long range chances.
Shaun Williams - 6 - Looked to be coping well with Cheltenham’s crosses and corners before hobbling off injured after half an hour. Replaced by Antony Kay.
Adam Chicksen - 7 - Was playing out of position again but had a good afternoon at right-back. Ventured forward on occasion and put in some excellent looking crosses.
Darren Potter - 6 - Quite a quiet game for the man who usually pulls the strings, but he had to restrict his bursts forward after Stephen Gleeson was sent for an early bath.
Stephen Gleeson - 6 - Desperately unlucky to be sent off for a challenge on Sam Deering, just as Dons were beginning to get into the game.
Luke Chadwick - 6 - Struggled to make much of an impact on the game as Cheltenham stifled much of Dons’ midfield creativity. Replaced by Ryan Lowe.
Jay O’Shea - 7 - Looked lively and keen to break forward. He was the key man in creating the opening goal for Dean Bowditch.
He also hit the post in the first half with one of the only Dons chances. Replaced by Alan Smith.
Dean Bowditch - 7 - Saw much more of the ball than in the pre-season friendlies and looked dangerous in the box. Took his goal well.
Charlie MacDonald - 7 - Another tough game for the striker, but he formed an exciting partnership with Lowe when the latter appeared in the second half.
Antony Kay - 8 - Handed an early debut. Mopped up everything in the box, looked strong in the tackle and in the air too. Could form a formidable partnership alongside MacKenzie at the back.
Alan Smith - 7 - Did what was needed, slotting in just in front of the defence. Broke down several Cheltenham attacks.
Ryan Lowe - 7 - Nearly scored immediately after coming on and was on the end of a couple of great crosses. Arguably, should have scored with a chance in the 90th minute.
Man of the match: Antony Kay