Date: 14th February 2015 at 5:39pm
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MK Dons fell to their second successive defeat as they went down 4-2 at Gillingham this afternoon.

There were four changes for the Dons` with McLoughlin, Carruthers, Powell and Cole replacing David Martin (thigh), Lee Hodson, Danny Green and Jonson Clarke-Harris. There was also a surprise tactical shift that put usual midfielder Keith Andrews in at centre-back in the place of the suspended Kyle McFadzean.

It couldn`t have started any worse for the Dons when after just nine minutes Cody McDonald received the ball from a short free-kick, and scored with 25-yard a shot past McLoughlin that the stand in keeper really should have saved.

However the Dons responded well, and came close when Anthony Kay`s header following a free-kick went just over the bar, while both Carruthers and Cole also came close.

It was only a matter of time before the Dons levelled and they did so on 37 minutes. Cole received the ball from Powell in the box and produced a smart finished from 15-yards to level the scoreline.


It looked like the sort of game where they could go and get a positive result, but the Dons switched off and just a minute later Gillingham were able to take the lead once again when Dack controlled Hoyte`s cross before finishing easily past McLoughlin.

The Dons increased the pressure come the start of the second half as they pushed for yet another equaliser.

And this came on 67 minutes when Reeves, on as a substitute after a long time out injured, converted a penalty awarded when Baker was brought down by Hoyte.

Once again the Dons looked like they could go on and win the game, but it just wasn`t to be.

McLoughlin`s day got worse when he failed to save Garmston`s deflected effort, before the home side put the game out of sight on 81 minutes with a Marquis shot slotted beneath the Dons keeper.

The match ended 4-2, a reverse of the result on the first day of the season against the Gills, although some solace can be found in the fact that rivals Swindon and Bristol also lost today.

Colchester away on Tuesday night couldn`t be more important now.