MK Dons strengthened their push for fourth place in League One with victory against relegated Rochdale.

The visitors took an early lead when Luke Chadwick supplied Jay O'Shea, who drilled a low shot through the legs of keeper Matt Edwards.

Substitute Dean Bowditch made it 2-0 with his first touch of the game, stroking home O'Shea's centre after a clever back heel from Jabo Ibehre.

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro pulled one back to earn a late consolation for Dale.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Rochdale assistant manager Jimmy Bell told BBC Radio Manchester:

"For a couple of weeks now, making decisions about the squad has been a big agenda.

"We've done nothing but think about the players we're going to retain and we've got a good idea now of where we're going to go next season.

"We're confident and very optimistic that we can bounce back.

"League Two is a tough league to get out of, but hopefully this time next year we'll be looking at promotion."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (6)

Rochdale

  • 21 Edwards
  • 02 Darby
  • 03 Widdowson
  • 05 Amankwaah
  • 12 Long
  • 07 Kennedy
  • 08 Jones
  • 15 Thompson (Gray - 63' )
  • 16 Tutte (Hackney - 64' )
  • 09 Symes (Adams - 80' )
  • 26 Akpa Akpro

Substitutes

  • 23 Lucas
  • 17 Holden
  • 11 Adams
  • 18 Hackney
  • 28 Gray

MK Dons

  • 01 Martin
  • 03 Lewington
  • 05 MacKenzie
  • 12 Chicksen
  • 07 Gleeson (Flanagan - 72' )
  • 08 Potter (MacDonald - 68' )
  • 13 Williams
  • 23 O'Shea
  • 26 Chadwick
  • 37 Galloway (Bowditch - 57' )
  • 19 Ibehre

Substitutes

  • 16 McLoughlin
  • 15 Flanagan
  • 11 Smith
  • 09 Bowditch
  • 10 MacDonald
Ref: Brown
Att: 2,212

Match Stats

Shots

13 8

On target

7 5

Corners

7 4

Fouls

8 15

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:15 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +3:48

Effort from deep inside the area by Shaun Williams misses to the right of the target.

90:00 +3:02

Shot from just outside the area by Dean Bowditch misses to the right of the target.

90:00 +2:21

Foul by Jabo Ibehre on Joe Widdowson, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Matthew Edwards.

90:00 +1:06

Jabo Ibehre challenges Kevin Long unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Matthew Edwards.

90:00 +0:15

Unfair challenge on Gary MacKenzie by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro results in a free kick. Free kick taken by David Martin.

84:15 Goal scored

Goal! - Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro - Rochdale 1 - 2 MK Dons Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro gets on the score sheet with a goal from close in to the top right corner of the goal. Rochdale 1-2 Milton Keynes Dons.

83:51

Reece Gray fouled by Luke Chadwick, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Nicky Adams.

83:07

Header from just outside the box by Jason Kennedy misses to the right of the target.

82:38

Unfair challenge on Nicky Adams by Dean Bowditch results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Nicky Adams.

80:30

Inswinging corner taken by Nicky Adams from the left by-line.

79:46 Substitution

Substitution Michael Symes leaves the field to be replaced by Nicky Adams.

78:36

Unfair challenge on Matthew Edwards by Charlie MacDonald results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Matthew Edwards.

78:04

Unfair challenge on Reece Gray by Dean Lewington results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Stephen Darby.

75:17

Unfair challenge on Reece Gray by Adam Chicksen results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Simon Hackney.

73:13

Kevin Amankwaah takes a shot. Save by David Martin.

71:49 Substitution

Substitution Tom Flanagan on for Stephen Gleeson.

71:21

Effort from inside the six-yard box by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro goes wide right of the goal.

70:57

Simon Hackney takes a shot. David Martin makes a save.

69:20

The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by David Martin.

68:36

Jason Kennedy fouled by Stephen Gleeson, the ref awards a free kick. Simon Hackney takes the indirect free kick.

67:33 Substitution

Substitution Charlie MacDonald on for Darren Potter.

66:23

James O'Shea challenges Reece Gray unfairly and gives away a free kick. Kevin Long restarts play with the free kick.

64:51

Reece Gray challenges Stephen Gleeson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Shaun Williams takes the indirect free kick.

62:54 Substitution

Substitution Simon Hackney is brought on as a substitute for Andrew Tutte.

62:54 Substitution

Substitution Reece Gray comes on in place of Joe Thompson.

61:40

Stephen Gleeson takes a shot. Save by Matthew Edwards.

60:58

Dean Bowditch takes a inswinging corner.

59:44

Free kick awarded for a foul by James O'Shea on Stephen Darby. Matthew Edwards takes the indirect free kick.

59:10

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Dean Bowditch from the left by-line.

57:44

Assist by James O'Shea.

57:44 Goal scored

Goal! - Dean Bowditch - Rochdale 0 - 2 MK Dons Dean Bowditch fires in a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Rochdale 0-2 Milton Keynes Dons.

56:15 Substitution

Substitution (Milton Keynes Dons) makes a substitution, with Dean Bowditch coming on for Brendon Galloway.

53:29

Michael Symes takes a shot. Save by David Martin.

50:31

Inswinging corner taken by James O'Shea, Gary MacKenzie takes a shot. Save made by Matthew Edwards.

49:30

Foul by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro on Adam Chicksen, free kick awarded. Gary MacKenzie restarts play with the free kick.

47:37

Unfair challenge on Jason Kennedy by Jabo Ibehre results in a free kick. Andrew Tutte takes the indirect free kick.

45:22

The assistant referee flags for offside against Jabo Ibehre. Kevin Long takes the free kick.

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:00 +1:09 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

45:00 +0:43

Michael Symes takes a shot. Save by David Martin.

42:16

Free kick awarded for a foul by Brendon Galloway on Michael Symes. Michael Symes takes the indirect free kick.

42:00

The offside flag is raised against Jabo Ibehre. Matthew Edwards takes the free kick.

41:10

Joe Widdowson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jabo Ibehre. Darren Potter takes the indirect free kick.

36:26

Inswinging corner taken by Jason Kennedy, Gary MacKenzie manages to make a clearance.

33:39

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary MacKenzie. David Martin takes the indirect free kick. Andrew Tutte takes a shot. Save by David Martin.

33:05

Corner from right by-line taken by Jason Kennedy.

32:51

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.

32:08

Foul by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro on Dean Lewington, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by David Martin.

31:14

Michael Symes has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

31:00

Headed effort from inside the area by Kevin Long misses to the left of the goal.

30:14

Corner taken by Jason Kennedy.

28:37

James O'Shea fouled by Andrew Tutte, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Dean Lewington.

26:21

The assistant referee flags for offside against Luke Chadwick. Free kick taken by Matthew Edwards.

25:13

Effort from the edge of the area by Gary Jones goes wide of the left-hand post.

22:45

Kevin Long fouled by Jabo Ibehre, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Kevin Amankwaah.

22:26

James O'Shea takes a shot.

21:05

Stephen Gleeson takes a shot. David Martin makes a save. Shaun Williams takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Kevin Amankwaah.

19:52

Free kick awarded for a foul by Joe Thompson on Brendon Galloway. Gary MacKenzie takes the free kick.

18:42

Joe Thompson takes a shot. Save by David Martin.

16:43

The referee blows for offside against Michael Symes. Gary MacKenzie takes the indirect free kick.

14:48

Corner taken by Jason Kennedy from the right by-line, Gary MacKenzie makes a clearance.

14:19

Jason Kennedy takes a inswinging corner.

13:43

Jason Kennedy fouled by Darren Potter, the ref awards a free kick. Kevin Amankwaah takes the free kick.

12:06

The offside flag is raised against Michael Symes. Indirect free kick taken by David Martin.

4:42

Inswinging corner taken by Jason Kennedy.

2:39

Luke Chadwick provided the assist for the goal.

2:39 Goal scored

Goal! - James O'Shea - Rochdale 0 - 1 MK Dons James O'Shea gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Rochdale 0-1 Milton Keynes Dons.

1:55

Stephen Gleeson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary Jones. Indirect free kick taken by Jason Kennedy.

0:00

The game gets underway.

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