Clarke double downs Dons
Last Updated: October 23, 2012 11:46pm
Clarke: Celebrates one of his goals for Crawley
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.
npower League 1
Tue 23rd Oct
Brentford2 - 1Coventry
Bury2 - 1Hartlepool
Carlisle3 - 1Oldham
Crawley2 - 0MK Dons
Crewe2 - 1Swindon
Leyton Or0 - 2Colchester
Notts Co3 - 3Bournemth
Scunthorpe2 - 3Preston
Sheff Utd1 - 0Walsall
Shrewsbury1 - 3Yeovil
Stevenage2 - 1Portsmouth
Tranmere1 - 2Doncaster
npower League 1
|8||Milton Keynes Dons||46||70|
|14||Preston North End||46||59|