Fraser scores from the spot to ensure MK Dons victory over Plymouth

Scott Fraser scored an 88th minute penalty to ensure Milton Keynes Dons claimed all three points against Plymouth Argyle at Stadium MK on Tuesday (16th March).

On the back of improving performances over the past two matches, Russell Martin named an unchanged starting eleven once again with Cameron Jerome the lone striker.

The Dons started the match brightly, threatening in the opposition box within the first five minutes, but their positive start was almost undone by a poor Andrew Fisher clearance.

The Plymouth man intercepted a tame clearance, with Luke Jephcott following up with a soft effort, which defender Harry Darling blocked, with a rebounding shot flying over the crossbar, saving the Dons keeper's blushes.

After allowing another chance from range, the Dons regained their focus and began to put pressure on the Plymouth defence, with an increased tempo, quick passes and threatening crosses.

The home side were rewarded for their improved efforts, with Matthew Sorinola whipping in a perfectly placed cross on his right foot for Cameron Jerome to head comfortably into the back of the net, with the veteran striker rising high above the Plymouth defence.

Jerome had a chance to double the Dons' lead with just under eight minutes remaining in the first half, with a thunderous volley from the edge of the box being palmed away by Mike Cooper.

The Dons continued to control much of the first half, with the visitors rarely getting a sniff in front of goal bar a couple of long-range efforts that never truly threatened Fisher, heading into the break with a one-goal lead.

The visitors sprung into life as the second half kicked off, with Danny Mayor breaking down the left wing before getting a clean shot in on goal from inside the Dons box, but Fisher dealt with the danger calmly.

Mayor was once again involved with a threatening shot inside the box, cutting in on his right foot to force a save down low from Fisher.

Plymouth's growth through the first 15 minutes of the second half saw them bring the score level at 1-1 through a rocket of a shot from the edge of the box for Conor Grant, with Fisher having no chance to stop it as it clattered off the post and hit the back of the net.

After a flurry of personnel changes, substitute Will Grigg had a chance from close range after a loose Plymouth header fell to his feet from a corner, Cooper was there however to palm his surprise effort away.

The match progressed in an end-to-end fashion, with both teams having opportunities on goal, but neither looking likely to take the lead.

The Dons were given a much needed opportunity when the referee awarded a penalty in the 88th minute after a Ben Gladwin cross was deemed to have been handled by a Plymouth man.

Scott Fraser, who has been ever present from the penalty spot, slotted the ball into the back of the net to register his tenth goal of the season and put the Dons up 2-1, with seven minutes of injury time added by the fourth official moment later.

Apart from an optimistic shot from Grigg, the match ended with very few further opportunities and the Dons earned back-to-back victories since February saw them win three on the trot.

The Dons now travel to Burton Albion on Saturday hoping to keep their renewed form going, before returning to Stadium MK a week later when Doncaster Rovers come to town.

MK Dons Line-Up: Fisher, Laird (64' Harvie), O'Hora, Darling, Lewington, Sorinola (90+3' Jules), Surman (64' Gladwin), McEachran (45' Thompson), O'Riley, Fraser, Jerome (64' Grigg)

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