Ben Reeves struck in stoppage time as MK Dons snatched victory against 10-man Oldham to renew their play-off hopes.

Oldham took the lead when Gary Harkins' cross was flicked in by Adam Lockwood.

Samir Carruthers equalised after riding three challenges before finishing into the bottom corner.

The Latics were reduced to 10 men when Genseric Kusunga was shown a second yellow card and they could not hold on as Mark Oxley found Reeves who tapped into an empty net.

Meanwhile, Oldham have released winger Sidney Schmeltz after his loan spell with Shrewsbury Town was terminated on Friday.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Milton Keynes Dons manager manager Karl Robinson told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"I thought Oldham were very good first half, or we were very poor. But I think sometimes it's important to look how good they were. They really caused us an awful lot of problems.

"The refereeing decision for their first goal was diabolical. I've not seen a decision like that. I got told Reevesie pushed him. I said 'Well how can someone push somebody if they're in front of them?

"I thought second half I thought we were very good. Our gameplan was good and we stuck to what we wanted to do for the first half. I thought we had a bit more dominance and passion.

"I had a bit of a go at Samir at half-time, he was poor for his standard that he set at the start of the season. I also said if you want to be a good player then you've got to score goals, and he shoved one right up me there. He said take that one!"

Oldham manager Lee Johnson told BBC Radio Manchester:

"It's very disappointing, a bit of a gut-wrencher because I didn't feel we deserved it.

"We played very well, six or seven of the lads, I thought, were superb. A couple of players let us down on the day.

"He [Genseric Kusunga, after getting sent off] has let down the team today.

"You expect a player who's played in the Champions League to be a bit cleverer and not dive in for a rash tackle."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Milton Keynes Dons

  • 01 Martin
  • 05 Hodson (Baldock - 69' )
  • 03 Lewington
  • 12 Reeves
  • 24 Kay
  • 23 Spence
  • 10 Chadwick (Hall - 58' )
  • 07 Gleeson
  • 13 McLeod
  • 17 Powell (Alli - 77' )
  • 22 Carruthers

Substitutes

  • 11 Smith
  • 14 Alli
  • 16 McLoughlin
  • 18 Baldock
  • 19 Galloway
  • 20 Rasulo
  • 21 Hall

Oldham Athletic

  • 01 Oxley
  • 05 Kusunga Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 03 Grounds
  • 04 Wesolowski
  • 18 Lockwood
  • 16 Wilson
  • 19 Dayton (MacDonald - 80' )
  • 28 Worrall
  • 27 Philliskirk
  • 09 Stead (Clarke-Harris - 68' )
  • 30 Harkins (Brown - 68' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Brown
  • 10 MacDonald
  • 14 Clarke-Harris
  • 15 Winchester
  • 20 Kissock
  • 23 Turner
  • 29 Rachubka
Ref: Chris Sarginson
Att: 7,385

Match Stats

Shots

20 10

On target

4 2

Corners

11 5

Fouls

8 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, MK Dons 2, Oldham Athletic 1.

90:00 +4:51 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, MK Dons 2, Oldham Athletic 1.

90:00 +3:12

Foul by Jordan Spence (MK Dons).

90:00 +3:12

Charlie MacDonald (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:47 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! MK Dons 2, Oldham Athletic 1. Ben Reeves (MK Dons) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Samir Carruthers.

89:02

Attempt missed. George Baldock (MK Dons) header from the right side of the six yard box is too high.

87:57

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Connor Brown.

86:50

Attempt blocked. Samir Carruthers (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

85:31

Attempt missed. Samir Carruthers (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

84:59

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by James Wilson.

83:32

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Mark Oxley.

83:18

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Mark Oxley.

82:59

Attempt saved. Izale McLeod (MK Dons) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

80:22

Attempt missed. Stephen Gleeson (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

79:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Oldham Athletic. Charlie MacDonald replaces James Dayton.

79:21

Foul by Ben Reeves (MK Dons).

79:21

David Worrall (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

78:58

Attempt saved. Samir Carruthers (MK Dons) right footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the centre of the goal.

76:50

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Connor Brown.

76:08 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, MK Dons. Bamidele Alli replaces Daniel Powell.

75:48

Attempt missed. Izale McLeod (MK Dons) header from very close range is close, but misses to the right.

75:24

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Connor Brown.

74:04

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Adam Lockwood.

73:37

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Connor Brown.

71:45

Attempt missed. Samir Carruthers (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

71:14

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Connor Brown.

69:36

Attempt missed. Anthony Kay (MK Dons) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is just a bit too high.

68:48

Samir Carruthers (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:48

Foul by David Worrall (Oldham Athletic).

68:08 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, MK Dons. George Baldock replaces Lee Hodson.

67:57 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Oldham Athletic. Jonson Clarke-Harris replaces Jon Stead.

67:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Oldham Athletic. Connor Brown replaces Gary Harkins.

67:27

Attempt missed. Daniel Powell (MK Dons) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

65:07 Dismissal

Dismissal Second yellow card to Genséric Kusunga (Oldham Athletic).

65:00

Stephen Gleeson (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:58

Foul by Genséric Kusunga (Oldham Athletic).

64:08

Attempt missed. Ben Reeves (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

61:48

Ben Reeves (MK Dons) hits the right post with a left footed shot from outside the box.

59:22

Attempt missed. Jonathan Grounds (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

58:52

Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Ben Reeves.

57:48

Attempt missed. Danny Philliskirk (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

57:09 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, MK Dons. Ryan Hall replaces Luke Chadwick.

55:37

Foul by Luke Chadwick (MK Dons).

55:37

Jonathan Grounds (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

54:10

Attempt missed. Stephen Gleeson (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

53:41

Attempt missed. Gary Harkins (Oldham Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

50:18

Foul by Gary Harkins (Oldham Athletic).

50:18

Ben Reeves (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

48:58 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! MK Dons 1, Oldham Athletic 1. Samir Carruthers (MK Dons) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the centre of the goal.

47:04

Attempt missed. Samir Carruthers (MK Dons) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

46:28

Foul by Jonathan Grounds (Oldham Athletic).

46:28

Samir Carruthers (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins MK Dons 0, Oldham Athletic 1.

45:00 +1:19 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, MK Dons 0, Oldham Athletic 1.

45:00 +0:21

Attempt missed. Daniel Powell (MK Dons) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

43:24

Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Anthony Kay.

43:12

Attempt blocked. Danny Philliskirk (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

41:53

Attempt missed. Samir Carruthers (MK Dons) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

37:55

Attempt saved. Jon Stead (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

36:33 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! MK Dons 0, Oldham Athletic 1. Adam Lockwood (Oldham Athletic) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jon Stead.

35:36

James Wilson (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:36

Foul by Ben Reeves (MK Dons).

35:14

Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Lee Hodson.

35:06

Attempt blocked. Jon Stead (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

34:49

Attempt blocked. Jon Stead (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

32:56

Adam Lockwood (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

32:56

Foul by Izale McLeod (MK Dons).

32:15

Attempt missed. Genséric Kusunga (Oldham Athletic) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

31:40

Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Jordan Spence.

28:25

Attempt missed. Gary Harkins (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

27:00

Gary Harkins (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

26:58

Foul by Dean Lewington (MK Dons).

25:20

James Wesolowski (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

25:20

Foul by Luke Chadwick (MK Dons).

24:14

Foul by Genséric Kusunga (Oldham Athletic).

24:14

Daniel Powell (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:00

Attempt missed. Daniel Powell (MK Dons) header from the left side of the box misses to the left.

19:50

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Danny Philliskirk.

17:44

Foul by Ben Reeves (MK Dons).

17:44

Genséric Kusunga (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

16:32 Booking

Booking Genséric Kusunga (Oldham Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

16:16

Daniel Powell (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the right wing.

16:16

Foul by Genséric Kusunga (Oldham Athletic).

15:08

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Jonathan Grounds.

10:29

Daniel Powell (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

10:29

Foul by Genséric Kusunga (Oldham Athletic).

9:45

Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by David Martin.

9:03

Attempt blocked. Izale McLeod (MK Dons) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

2:05

Daniel Powell (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:05

Foul by Genséric Kusunga (Oldham Athletic).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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