MK Dons narrowly beat Bournemouth to strengthen their position in the League One play-offs.

Mathias Doumbe stabbed home the decisive goal from close range following Dean Bowditch's corner.

Charlie MacDonald, who has now not scored in 10 games, broke clear of the Cherries defence but struck his effort against the bar.

Wesley Thomas had a golden opportunity to equalise late on but he poked inches wide when clean through on goal.

Bournemouth chairman Eddie Mitchell revealed after the game that the wife of co-owner Maxim Demin had spoken to the players in the dressing-room at half-time.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Bournemouth manager Lee Bradbury told BBC Radio Solent:

"I'm disappointed not to get anything out of the game. For long periods we had the ball. I've looked at the stats and we had twice as many shots, we just didn't make them count.

"It's small margins or a set piece that's cost us today. With the team as big as we are at the back it's hard to take when you concede a goal like that.

"The strikers will be first to say they've got to do better with their chances, but it's a team game. We've got to keep clean sheets to win games and we've got to score goals as well. We're all accountable and we'll move on and work on that this week.

"Apart from the goal we've performed reasonably well today, against one of the better passing teams in the league. We've created better chances, but it's the goals that win you games."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (4)

Bournemouth

  • 23 Flahavan
  • 18 Francis
  • 22 Malone
  • 34 Addison
  • 40 Zubar
  • 08 Arter
  • 11 Daniels
  • 16 MacDonald
  • 32 McDermott Booked (Fogden - 65' )
  • 09 Thomas Booked
  • 25 Tubbs (Stockley - 71' )

Substitutes

  • 30 Thomas
  • 04 Cooper
  • 12 Fogden
  • 15 Gregory
  • 29 Stockley

MK Dons

  • 01 Martin
  • 02 Tavernier
  • 03 Lewington
  • 04 Doumbe
  • 15 Flanagan
  • 11 Smith Booked
  • 13 Williams
  • 17 Powell
  • 23 O'Shea (Chadwick - 70' )
  • 09 Bowditch
  • 10 MacDonald (Ibehre - 63' )

Substitutes

  • 16 McLoughlin
  • 12 Chicksen
  • 26 Chadwick
  • 19 Ibehre
  • 35 Williams
Ref: Deadman
Att: 6,419

Match Stats

Shots

15 8

On target

6 3

Corners

7 5

Fouls

13 14

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:05 Full time

Full Time The referee blows his whistle to end the game.

90:00 +3:28

Unfair challenge on James Tavernier by Wesley Thomas results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by James Tavernier.

90:00 +1:42

Wesley Thomas produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the right-hand post.

88:48

The official flags Jayden Stockley offside. David Martin restarts play with the free kick.

88:37

Wes Fogden takes a shot. Blocked by Jabo Ibehre.

88:20

Shaun MacDonald takes the inswinging corner, save by David Martin.

88:12

Shaun MacDonald produces a cross, Dean Lewington gets a block in.

87:44

Corner taken left-footed by Charlie Daniels.

87:37

The ball is delivered by Scott Malone, clearance made by Dean Lewington.

85:36

Jabo Ibehre concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephane Zubar. Darryl Flahavan takes the indirect free kick.

84:59

Simon Francis delivers the ball, Wesley Thomas takes a shot. Save by David Martin.

84:55

A cross is delivered by Simon Francis, Mathias Doumbe manages to make a clearance.

83:50

David Martin restarts play with the free kick.

83:50 Booking

Booking Wesley Thomas is booked.

83:37

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dean Lewington by Wesley Thomas.

83:20

Daniel Powell takes a shot. Save by Darryl Flahavan.

79:50

Shot from long distance by Simon Francis goes wide of the left-hand post.

78:44

The ball is crossed by Simon Francis, clearance by Mathias Doumbe.

78:14 Booking

Booking Booking for Alan Smith.

76:33

James Tavernier challenges Harry Arter unfairly and gives away a free kick. Darryl Flahavan takes the indirect free kick.

75:33

Jabo Ibehre gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Wes Fogden. Darryl Flahavan takes the free kick.

75:09

The ball is swung over by Luke Chadwick, Stephane Zubar makes a clearance.

74:18

Miles Addison fouled by Shaun Williams, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Harry Arter.

73:03

Wesley Thomas challenges Dean Lewington unfairly and gives away a free kick. David Martin takes the indirect free kick.

72:10

The ball is swung over by Simon Francis.

71:40

Scott Malone delivers the ball in from the corner.

70:27 Substitution

Substitution Jayden Stockley replaces Matthew Tubbs.

69:43

Unfair challenge on Wes Fogden by Jabo Ibehre results in a free kick. Simon Francis restarts play with the free kick.

69:04 Substitution

Substitution Luke Chadwick joins the action as a substitute, replacing James O'Shea.

68:29

The ball is swung over by Simon Francis, Matthew Tubbs takes a shot. Shaun Williams gets a block in. Harry Arter has an effort at goal from 35 yards and went wide left of the target.

67:40

The ball is swung over by Simon Francis, David Martin makes a save.

66:18

Header on goal by Jabo Ibehre from just inside the area goes over the target.

64:41

Darryl Flahavan takes the indirect free kick.

64:41 Substitution

Substitution Wes Fogden replaces Donal McDermott.

64:41

The referee blows for offside.

62:30 Substitution

Substitution Charlie MacDonald goes off and Jabo Ibehre comes on.

62:14

Donal McDermott has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the target.

61:33

The ball is crossed by Scott Malone, blocked by Mathias Doumbe.

60:46

Charlie MacDonald takes a shot.

60:00

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Shaun MacDonald from the left by-line to the near post, Dean Bowditch manages to make a clearance.

59:48

Wesley Thomas takes a shot. Save by David Martin.

59:20

Unfair challenge on Shaun MacDonald by Alan Smith results in a free kick. Stephane Zubar takes the indirect free kick.

57:51

Scott Malone produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the goal.

56:47

Free kick taken by Dean Lewington.

56:47 Booking

Booking Donal McDermott is cautioned.

56:40

Dean Bowditch fouled by Donal McDermott, the ref awards a free kick.

51:20

Wesley Thomas takes a shot. Save by David Martin.

51:00

James O'Shea is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Simon Francis.

50:05

Donal McDermott fouled by Dean Lewington, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Donal McDermott.

48:17

The ball is delivered by Matthew Tubbs, Mathias Doumbe gets a block in.

46:10

Unfair challenge on Stephane Zubar by Charlie MacDonald results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Miles Addison.

46:04

The ball is sent over by Scott Malone, James Tavernier manages to make a clearance.

45:21

Harry Arter fouled by Shaun Williams, the ref awards a free kick. Harry Arter restarts play with the free kick.

45:01

The second half has started.

45:00 +1:24

Free kick awarded for a foul by Wesley Thomas on Alan Smith. Mathias Doumbe restarts play with the free kick.

44:52

A cross is delivered by Scott Malone.

44:47

Shaun MacDonald produces a cross.

43:46

A cross is delivered by Simon Francis, Header on goal by Wesley Thomas from just inside the area goes over the target.

43:25

Dean Bowditch sends in a cross, Harry Arter gets a block in.

42:48 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

42:39

A cross is delivered by James Tavernier, clearance made by Simon Francis.

40:57

Alan Smith concedes a free kick for a foul on Harry Arter. Donal McDermott restarts play with the free kick.

37:32

Free kick awarded for a foul by Charlie MacDonald on Darryl Flahavan. Darryl Flahavan restarts play with the free kick.

36:14

The ball is swung over by James O'Shea, Charlie Daniels makes a clearance.

35:46

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by James O'Shea, clearance made by Miles Addison.

35:38

The ball is crossed by Charlie MacDonald, blocked by Stephane Zubar.

34:46

The ball is crossed by Donal McDermott, Scott Malone produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.

34:40

The ball is sent over by Simon Francis, Alan Smith gets a block in.

31:21 Goal scored

Goal! - Mathias Doumbe - Bournem'th 0 - 1 MK Dons Mathias Doumbe scores a goal from close in high into the middle of the goal. Bournemouth 0-1 Milton Keynes Dons.

31:01

Corner from the left by-line taken by Dean Bowditch,

30:53

Dean Lewington sends in a cross, Miles Addison makes a clearance.

27:49

Free kick awarded for a foul by Donal McDermott on Daniel Powell. Indirect free kick taken by David Martin.

26:53

Matthew Tubbs produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.

26:14

The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by James Tavernier.

25:43

Short corner taken by James O'Shea.

25:23

Corner taken by Dean Bowditch, Simon Francis manages to make a clearance.

25:15

A cross is delivered by Dean Bowditch, Simon Francis gets a block in.

25:06

Alan Smith delivers the ball, Simon Francis makes a clearance.

25:00

Charlie MacDonald crosses the ball, Simon Francis manages to make a clearance.

23:55

Foul by Scott Malone on James Tavernier, free kick awarded. The ball is crossed by Shaun Williams, Mathias Doumbe produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.

22:59

Shaun MacDonald delivers the ball in from the corner, clearance by Shaun Williams.

22:53

The ball is swung over by Donal McDermott, James Tavernier gets a block in.

22:17

Corner taken right-footed by Shaun MacDonald from the left by-line, Shaun Williams makes a clearance.

21:24

The ball is crossed by Simon Francis, clearance by Mathias Doumbe.

20:45

James O'Shea decides to take a short corner, The ball is crossed by Dean Bowditch, clearance made by Scott Malone.

19:50

James O'Shea takes a shot. Stephane Zubar manages to make a clearance.

18:56

Scott Malone concedes a free kick for a foul on Charlie MacDonald. Shaun Williams crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, clearance made by Scott Malone.

18:36

Charlie Daniels sends in a cross, clearance made by Dean Lewington.

18:01

Centre by Charlie MacDonald.

16:59

The assistant referee signals for offside against Scott Malone. David Martin restarts play with the free kick.

13:58

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Miles Addison by Charlie MacDonald. Indirect free kick taken by Darryl Flahavan.

12:39

Foul by Stephane Zubar on Dean Bowditch, free kick awarded. Shaun Williams has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, save made by Darryl Flahavan.

11:01

The ball is crossed by James Tavernier, Miles Addison manages to make a clearance.

10:02

The offside flag is raised against Matthew Tubbs. Indirect free kick taken by David Martin.

9:03

The ball is crossed by Scott Malone.

8:21

Foul by Shaun Williams on Harry Arter, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Shaun MacDonald.

7:11

Foul by Harry Arter on Dean Bowditch, free kick awarded. Tom Flanagan takes the indirect free kick.

6:49

Matthew Tubbs takes a shot. Save by David Martin.

6:16

Stephane Zubar has a header from close in and clears the crossbar.

5:48

Corner taken by Shaun MacDonald from the left by-line to the near post.

4:59

James O'Shea produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the target.

4:42

Wesley Thomas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tom Flanagan. Free kick taken by David Martin.

4:26

Dean Bowditch gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Donal McDermott. Free kick taken by Donal McDermott.

2:59

Wesley Thomas challenges Shaun Williams unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mathias Doumbe takes the free kick.

0:50

Scott Malone concedes a free kick for a foul on Daniel Powell. Dean Lewington crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, Miles Addison makes a clearance.

0:00

The referee gets the game underway.

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