Gillingham condemn Robbie Neilson to first MK Dons defeat
Gillingham extended their unblemished home record against MK Dons as Cody McDonald's strike secured a 1-0 victory to condemn Robbie Neilson to his first loss in charge of the Dons.
A largely tepid first half saw Bradley Dack's header cleared off the visitors' line by Dean Lewington, while half of Priestfield thought Frank Nouble had put them ahead two minutes before half-time but his 30-yard shot drifted just wide.
MK Dons could have stolen ahead in first-half injury time when Paul Konchesky brought down Kieran Agard just inside the Gillingham box, but Stuart Nelson - who had dived the other way - managed to save Dean Bowditch's penalty with his trailing foot.
Gillingham came out stronger in the second half and their dominance led to a 64th-minute breakthrough as a Dack cross from deep picked out the unmarked McDonald, who headed in his fifth league goal this season.
The home side could have had another when Josh Wright intercepted George Baldock's loose pass but did not catch his shot properly and in the end their performance warranted more than a 1-0 scoreline - although they have still never lost at home to the Dons.