March 16, 2013
Resurgent Dons looking up again
MK Dons reignited their slim League One play-off hopes with a comfortable 3-0 win over fellow promotion hopefuls Tranmere.
Headers from Dean Lewington and Darren Potter, plus Stephen Gleeson's cool finish condemned Rovers to their third straight defeat on the road.
Lewington put the Dons ahead in the 10th minute when he nodded in the rebound after Dean Bowditch's exquisite 25-yard curler had come back off the crossbar.
Mamady Sidibe missed a golden opportunity to equalise for Tranmere when he completely mis-timed his header from six yards and Gleeson made him pay by doubling the Dons' lead two minutes before the break.
Gleeson raced clean through on to Shaun Williams' arrowed 60-yard pass and coolly slotted the ball first-time past Tranmere keeper Owain Fon Williams for his sixth goal of the season.
Potter made it 3-0 five minutes after the break when he headed the rebound into an empty net after Williams' 22-yard free-kick had struck the crossbar.
Tranmere pressed for a consolation goal in the closing stages, but Zoumana Bakayogo wasted their best chance when he blazed Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro's cutback high over the crossbar.
|Milton Keynes Dons||Tranmere Rovers|
|16 Ian McLoughlin||1 Owain fon Williams|
|24 Antony Kay||2 Danny Holmes|
|3 Dean Lewington||3 Paul Black|
|6 Steven Williams||4 Ash Taylor|
|12 Adam Chicksen||21 Ben Gibson|
|14 Ryan Lowe||12 Danny Harrison|
|9 Dean Bowditch||14 Zoumana Bakayogo|
|8 Darren Potter||6 Liam Palmer|
|23 Chris Lines||17 Max Power|
|7 Stephen Gleeson||25 Mamady Sidibe|
|33 Patrick Bamford||26 Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro|
|4 Mathias Doumbe||Jason Mooney 33|
|2 Jon Otsemobor||Michael Kay 19|
|11 Alan Smith||Paul Corry 24|
|18 George Baldock||David Amoo 18|
|13 Izale McLeod||Abdulai Bell-Baggie 22|
|Michael O'Halloran 20|
|Cole Stockton 16|
|Jon Otsemobor for Dean Lewington (64)||Abdulai Bell-Baggie for Danny Harrison (63)|
|George Baldock for Patrick Bamford (71)||Cole Stockton for Zoumana Bakayogo (81)|
|Izale McLeod for Stephen Gleeson (71)|
|Antony Kay (14)|
|Adam Chicksen (81)|
|· Squads: Milton Keynes Dons | Tranmere Rovers|