Rochdale 1-2 MK Dons

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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