February 2, 2013
Lowe point for 10-man Dons
Ryan Lowe was sent off as 10-man MK Dons' faltering promotion bid was dented further with a crushing 3-0 home defeat to play-off rivals Bournemouth.
Goals from Lewis Grabban and Marc Pugh, either side of Lowe's red card for a reckless lunge, plus Harry Arter's late stunner handed the Cherries their third straight win and condemned the Dons to a fourth defeat in six games.
Bournemouth were the better side from the start and Grabban put them ahead after nine minutes when he intercepted Jon Otsemobor's weak back-pass and rounded goalkeeper David Martin to slot the ball home.
Lowe was shown a straight red card in the 45th minute for a challenge on Tommy Elphick after the pair had squared up minutes earlier.
Pugh doubled the Cherries' lead in first-half stoppage time, firing a rebound high into the net after Martin had saved Grabban's low strike.
The Dons showed plenty of spirit after the break and Shaun Williams curled a long-range shot against the post.
But Bournemouth were always in charge and Grabban was denied in one-on-one by Martin before Arter lashed a stunning 25-yard drive into the top corner to seal the visitors' win six minutes from the end.
|Milton Keynes Dons||AFC Bournemouth|
|1 David Martin||1 Shwan Jalal|
|4 Mathias Doumbe||3 Steve Cook|
|2 Jon Otsemobor||2 Simon Francis|
|3 Dean Lewington||5 Daniel Seaborne|
|12 Adam Chicksen||7 Marc Pugh|
|8 Darren Potter||13 Tommy Elphick|
|23 Chris Lines||17 Josh McQuoid|
|6 Shaun Williams||8 Harry Arter|
|20 Ryan Harley||32 Eunan O'Kane|
|14 Ryan Lowe||40 Brett Pitman|
|9 Dean Bowditch||22 Lewis Grabban|
|15 Tom Flanagan||Ryan Allsopp 21|
|11 Alan Smith||Richard Hughes 26|
|18 George Baldock||Wes Fogden 12|
|21 Dele Ali||Joe Partington 6|
|32 Zeli Ismail||Matt Ritchie 30|
|13 Izale McLeod||Steve Fletcher 33|
|Matthew Tubbs 18|
|Izale McLeod for Adam Chicksen (46)||Matt Ritchie for Tommy Elphick (45)|
|Alan Smith for Mathias Doumbe (63)||Richard Hughes for Josh McQuoid (79)|
|Zeli Ismail for Chris Lines (79)||Matthew Tubbs for Lewis Grabban (86)|
|Daniel Seaborne (29)|
|Ryan Lowe (44)|
|· Squads: Milton Keynes Dons | AFC Bournemouth|