MK Dons maintained their unbeaten run in League 2 as they thumped Crawley Town 4-0 in Sussex.
The hosts had been unbeaten in 7 home games before kick-off, but the visitors held a three goal advantage at the break courtesy of a Rhys Healey double and a further Kieran Agard strike.
Chuks Aneke added a fourth just after the hour as the Dons struck four goals in a single game for the first time under Paul Tisdale.
The Dons started brightly, with Healey denied in a one-on-one with the home goalkeeper inside the opening minute. But the Cardiff loanee was more accurate with his next effort, as Dean Lewington intercepted a poor pass by Lewis Young before crossing for Healey to control and score.
Ollie Palmer headed just wide as Crawley came close to an equaliser. But the Dons were 2-0 up inside the opening 20 minutes, as Agard received Healey’s ball and was able to squeeze a strike home.
The visitors continued to press, with Glenn Morris in the home goal denying both Healey and Agard, while Aneke saw a further strike hit the bar.
Healey would then come close once more, but the striker would grab a second and the away side’s third in first half stoppage time. The striker was in the right place to convert a cross from Agard.
Palmer came close early in the second half with a header Nicholls saved as the hosts looked for a lifeline. But MK Dons had a fourth just after the hour, with Healey allowed to break free before he crossed for Aneke to score.
The result means the Dons remain 2nd in League Two, with Tisdale’s side remaining 2 points behind leaders Lincoln and occupying a 4 point gap to the play-offs.