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Match Report


Posted Sat 18 Feb 12 at 17:02 PM


MK Dons ran riot to end a run of seven games without a win to record an empathic 5-0 victory over Oldham Athletic at stadiummk.

The Dons' five-star performance strengthened their hold on fifth place and extended their play-off cushion to six points.

Daniel Powell made a splash with his return to the starting 11 with a terrific Man of the Match display capped off by two composed goals. Dean Bowditch opened the scoring from the spot after Powell was fouled, yet it was controversial as the winger had netted only for the referee to award a penalty instead.

Powell's double came after the break when the Dons really turned on their style to inflict a heavy defeat on the Latics as Mathias Kouo-Doumbe and Stephen Gleeson added their names to the score sheet.

The same fixture in the two previous seasons had ended goalless, but the Dons were desperate to take three points and they did so with a touch of class.

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The Dons were without Alan Smith after an ankle knock in the defeat at Charlton in midweek and the home side made two changes with Jabo Ibehre and Powell starting while Charlie MacDonald took up a position on the bench.

After a quiet beginning, both on the pitch and in the stands, there was plenty to make noise about in the seventh minute when Powell caused Jean Yves M'Voto problems with a run into the box and the full-back wrapped his arms around the winger to halt his progression.

Powell showed enough strength to get beyond him and tucked the ball into the bottom corner, but the referee, much to the bemusement of the Dons bench and fans, blew his whistle to award the Dons a penalty - when the home side would have preferred to continue the advantage.

The pressure was then on Bowditch to convert from the spot, otherwise it threatened to be a highly contentious moment that could affect the eventual result, but the forward kept his cool and confidently tucked the ball to the left of Alex Cisak.

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Oldham's reputation of a difficult, robust side clearly had an impact on the Dons' homework for the game, with Robinson's men opting to mix up their style, still showing their slick pass-and-move attributes, with some longer balls played to lone striker Ibehre.

Paul Dickov's men pegged the Dons back and thwarted their momentum with three successive corners, yet there was little in terms of opportunities created by the Latics.

Chadwick, playing in the middle of the attacking three behind Ibehre, was the lynchpin for the Dons as the moved forward, taking possession in the middle of the pitch and turning to take control and drag the Latics players out of position.

Felipe Morais single-handedly tried to drive Oldham back to level terms with strong runs from the halfway line. However, he was offered little support and a fine cross from Morais failed to be followed up, leaving a simple collection for David Martin.

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But, Martin was called into action with a great shot from the boot of Lee a moment later when the full-back weaved his way through the midfield to fire a central shot.

Unfortunately for Lactics' left-back Paul Black his afternoon took a turn for the worst five minutes before the break when he desperately tried to keep tabs on Powell, who had advanced to the right byline, but took a tumble. Noting the immediate pain of his opposition, Powell took the ball out of play for a throw-in which allowed Black to be stretchered off and replaced by Zander Diamond.

The Dons could have doubled their lead when James Tavernier's cutback was dummied by Chadwick and left to Darren Potter. The Liverpudlian struck the ball with some power, but the Oldham defence stood strong to block before Bowditch's follow-up also failed to find a way through the back line.

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A chance came only three minutes after the interval when a ball by Bowditch found Powell and with the Latics' defence in disarray he showed great composure to round Cisak and get the goal his performance deserved.

The Dons had started the half as the better side and they looked to be turning the screw as Bowditch sent a fierce effort goal-bound only to be tipped away before the Latics' keeper before Dean Lewington poled the resulting corner wide.

As Oldham began to feel their way back into proceedings, the Dons made a double substitution to introduce MacDonald and Jay O'Shea for Bowditch and Chadwick.

O'Shea, like he did on Tuesday night at Charlton, made an immediate impact with a sparkling run down the left flank before cutting the ball back to the penalty spot. Initially Oldham looked to have survived, but Powell arrived, turned and drove a wonderful low right-footed effort into the bottom corner.

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Robinson had been saying his side's performances had gone largely unrewarded since the turn of the year, on this occasion though they were on song and able to make their dominance count. Even centre-back Kouo-Doumbe was given licence to thrill as he advanced up the pitch to the right of the touchline and curled a stunning left-footed shot into the top right corner.

The Dons were running riot and Oldham struggled to keep up, goalkeeper Cisak almost played his team in to trouble when he left his line and was caught out by MacDonald, fortunately for him Tarwkowaski was able to take control and save his blushes.

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However, the attack continued and when Gleeson, unmarked at the back post, was found by Tavernier's cross the midfielder controlled the ball on his chest before firing home his first goal at stadiummk.

Oldham were saved further punishment by the crossbar when O'Shea rattled an effort against the woodwork, but the five would suit the Dons as they now turn their attentions to Bury on Tuesday night.

MK Dons (4-2-3-1): Martin; Tavernier, Kouo-Doumbe, Williams, Lewington (c) (Chicksen 70); Gleeson, Potter; Powell, Chadwick (MacDonald 63), Bowditch (O'Shea 63); Ibehre.

Subs not used: McLoughlin, Flanagan.

Goals: Bowditch (pen) 9, Powell 47, 65, Kouo-Doumbe 69, Gleeson 78

Oldham Athletic (4-5-1): Cisak; Lee, Tarkowski, M'Voto, Black (Diamond 42); Morais, Adeyemi (Smith 66), Simpson, Taylor, Marsh-Brown (Parker 53); Kuqi.

Subs not used: Bouzanis, Winchester.

Booked: Simpson, Diamond

Referee: Brendan Malone (Salisbury)

Attendance: 7,817 (271 away)

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