October 23, 2012
Clarke double downs Dons
Striker Billy Clarke scored in each half to give in-form Crawley their fifth win in six league games with a 2-0 victory against MK Dons.
Clarke's goals were the first by a Crawley striker for 10 games and MK Dons, despite some good approach play, went down to defeat after hitting the crossbar twice in the first half.
Crawley scored with their first serious threat on goal after 21 minutes when a corner from Nicky Adams was flicked on by Gary Alexander for former Blackpool forward Clarke, who fired in an angled shot into the top corner.
Clarke sealed victory a minute from time by expertly turning in a cross from substitute Mark Connolly.
Dons keeper David Martin denied Josh Simpson shortly after Clarke's opener by turning his rasping goal-bound drive away for a corner.
Crawley keeper Paul Jones got the better of former Reds striker Charlie MacDonald in a one-on-one situation, but was beaten when a shot from Daniel Powell struck the underside of the bar and was cleared. The hosts had another let-off just before the break as MacDonald's right-foot shot struck the crossbar.
|Crawley Town||Milton Keynes Dons|
|1 Paul Jones||1 David Martin|
|3 Mathew Sadler||24 Antony Kay|
|28 Claude Davis||4 Mathias Doumbe|
|5 Kyle McFadzean||2 Jon Otsemobor|
|19 Nathan Byrne||3 Dean Lewington|
|15 Dannie Bulman||26 Luke Chadwick|
|7 Billy Clarke||8 Darren Potter|
|16 Nicky Adams||6 Steven Williams|
|11 Josh Simpson||17 Daniel Powell|
|6 Hope Akpan||10 Charlie MacDonald|
|9 Gary Alexander||29 Angelo Balanta|
|25 Michel Kuipers||Ian McLoughlin 16|
|13 David Hunt||Adam Chicksen 12|
|4 Mark Connolly||Alan Smith 11|
|8 Sergio Torres||Stephen Gleeson 7|
|21 Mike Jones||James O'Shea 23|
|10 Jonathan Forte||Scott Allan 28|
|14 Nicholas Ajose||Ryan Lowe 14|
|Mark Connolly for Dannie Bulman (85)||Ryan Lowe for Charlie MacDonald (46)|
|Sergio Torres for Hope Akpan (85)||Adam Chicksen for Angelo Balanta (64)|
|Mike Jones for Billy Clarke (90)||Alan Smith for Luke Chadwick (74)|
|Josh Simpson (63)||Steven Williams (23)|
|Nathan Byrne (88)|
|· Squads: Crawley Town | Milton Keynes Dons|