MK Dons kept their League One play-off hopes alive with a comfortable victory at struggling Colchester.

Daniel Powell's cool finish gave the Dons an early lead but Colchester ended the first-half strongly with Freddie Sears's hooked shot hitting the post.

Dons sealed the win when Patrick Bamford planted a low show past Sam Walker after Luke Chadwick's defence splitting pass.

Karl Robinson's men are now four points off sixth with two to play.

The U's still need one win from their remaining two games to guarantee survival, with Scunthorpe five points behind in 21st.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Colchester United manager Joe Dunne told BBC Essex:

"I thought we were great, I'm really pleased with our performance. I'm delighted with our overall effort, our commitment.

"We didn't deserve to lose 2-0. The difference between the two teams was a bit of quality.

"We've got players coming off with cramp, we've got players dead on their feet in the changing room. They've given their all.

"We've hit the post, we've had scrambles, we've had shots. On another day we'd beat a team four or five nil. I'm really proud."

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Tuesday, 16 April 2013

League One

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Colchester 0-2 MK Dons FT
(HT 0-1)
    • Powell 11
    • Bamford 78

    Colchester

    • 44 Walker
    • 03 Garmston
    • 04 Okuonghae
    • 20 Wilson
    • 25 White yellow card
    • 41 Clifford
    • 14 Bond (O'Toole 82)
    • 30 Wright (Porter 74 yellow card)
    • 11 Sears (Smith 82)
    • 17 Ibehre
    • 21 Massey

    Substitutes

    • 01 Cousins,
    • 06 Heath,
    • 08 O'Toole,
    • 15 Bean,
    • 39 Porter,
    • 09 Morrison,
    • 22 Smith

    MK Dons

    • 16 McLoughlin
    • 02 Otsemobor
    • 03 Lewington (Kay 50)
    • 04 Doumbe
    • 06 Williams yellow card
    • 07 Gleeson yellow card
    • 08 Potter yellow card
    • 17 Powell (Lowe 73)
    • 26 Chadwick (Lines 80)
    • 09 Bowditch
    • 33 Bamford

    Substitutes

    • 24 Kay,
    • 11 Smith,
    • 18 Baldock,
    • 23 Lines,
    • 13 McLeod,
    • 14 Lowe
    Ref: EastAtt: 3,175
    COLCHESTER
    MK DONS

    Possession

    • Colchester 54%
    • MK Dons 46%

    Attempts on target

    • Colchester 5
    • MK Dons 7

    Attempts off target

    • Colchester 9
    • MK Dons 4

    Corners

    • Colchester 9
    • MK Dons 5

    Fouls

    • Colchester 9
    • MK Dons 8
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+5:29 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
    • 90:00+3:42 Jabo Ibehre takes a shot. Save by Ian McLoughlin.
    • 90:00+2:53 Sam Walker takes the free kick.
    • 90:00+2:53 Booking The referee cautions Darren Potter for dissent.
    • 90:00+2:46 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gavin Massey by Darren Potter.
    • 88:58 The ball is crossed by George Porter.
    • 86:35 Foul by Gavin Massey on Mathias Doumbe, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Ian McLoughlin.
    • 85:20 Shaun Williams takes the inswinging corner, save by Sam Walker.
    • 85:04 Effort on goal by Ryan Lowe from 18 yards. John White gets a block in.
    • 84:30 Ian McLoughlin restarts play with the free kick.
    • 84:30 Booking Booking for George Porter.
    • 84:21 Foul by Jabo Ibehre on Antony Kay, free kick awarded.
    • 83:51 Patrick Bamford takes a shot. Save made by Sam Walker.
    • 82:38 Bradley Garmston takes a corner.
    • 81:20 Substitution (Colchester) makes a substitution, with Michael Smith coming on for Freddie Sears.
    • 81:20 Substitution John-Joe O'Toole is brought on as a substitute for Andy Bond.
    • 81:00 George Porter produces a cross, save by Ian McLoughlin.
    • 79:34 Substitution Chris Lines is brought on as a substitute for Luke Chadwick.
    • 79:07 The official flags Jabo Ibehre offside. Antony Kay restarts play with the free kick.
    • 77:17 Assist on the goal came from Luke Chadwick.
    • 77:17 GOAL - Patrick BamfordColchester 0 - 2 MK Dons Goal scored by Patrick Bamford from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Colchester 0-2 Milton Keynes Dons.
    • 75:01 Darren Potter has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 73:51 Substitution George Porter on for Drey Wright.
    • 72:07 Substitution Ryan Lowe joins the action as a substitute, replacing Daniel Powell.
    • 70:30 Andy Bond crosses the ball.
    • 68:25 Free kick awarded for a foul by John White on Patrick Bamford. Direct free kick taken by Mathias Doumbe.
    • 67:47 Billy Clifford has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.
    • 67:09 Shaun Williams challenges Jabo Ibehre unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Billy Clifford.
    • 66:13 Effort from long range by Billy Clifford goes wide right of the target.
    • 63:53 Stephen Gleeson takes a shot. Save made by Sam Walker.
    • 62:41 Bradley Garmston sends in a cross, save by Ian McLoughlin.
    • 61:27 Effort from the edge of the area by Daniel Powell goes wide of the right-hand post.
    • 59:52 Darren Potter takes the direct free kick.
    • 59:52 Booking The referee books John White for unsporting behaviour.
    • 59:39 John White gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Patrick Bamford.
    • 58:50 Jabo Ibehre challenges Antony Kay unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Antony Kay.
    • 58:27 The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Sam Walker.
    • 57:38 Short corner taken by Shaun Williams from the right by-line.
    • 55:53 Brian Wilson takes the direct free kick.
    • 55:53 Booking Stephen Gleeson goes into the book.
    • 55:32 Stephen Gleeson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Billy Clifford.
    • 54:09 Patrick Bamford takes a shot. Save by Sam Walker.
    • 52:48 Corner taken by Billy Clifford from the right by-line, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Magnus Okuonghae goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
    • 50:49 Corner taken by Brian Wilson, Jon Otsemobor makes a clearance.
    • 47:46 Antony Kay restarts play with the free kick.
    • 47:46 Substitution (Milton Keynes Dons) makes a substitution, with Antony Kay coming on for Dean Lewington.
    • 47:46 Jabo Ibehre concedes a free kick for a foul on Dean Lewington.
    • 47:02 Jabo Ibehre is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Ian McLoughlin takes the free kick.
    • 46:33 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gavin Massey by Jon Otsemobor. Free kick taken by Brian Wilson.
    • 45:01 The second half kicks off.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:04 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
    • 45:00+0:19 Effort from deep inside the area by Gavin Massey misses to the right of the target.
    • 43:45 Jabo Ibehre concedes a free kick for a foul on Shaun Williams. Direct free kick taken by Ian McLoughlin.
    • 42:54 Drey Wright crosses the ball, Andy Bond takes a shot. Ian McLoughlin makes a save.
    • 42:26 The ball is crossed by Dean Bowditch, John White makes a clearance.
    • 37:37 Corner taken right-footed by Billy Clifford, clearance by Dean Lewington.
    • 37:13 Billy Clifford takes a shot. Save made by Ian McLoughlin.
    • 35:48 Headed effort from inside the area by Jabo Ibehre misses to the left of the goal.
    • 35:12 Andy Bond takes a shot. Jon Otsemobor gets a block in.
    • 32:23 Shot on goal by Daniel Powell from just inside the area goes over the target.
    • 31:19 Corner taken by Billy Clifford, Freddie Sears has an effort at goal from deep inside the box hitting the post.
    • 30:18 Foul by Billy Clifford on Luke Chadwick, free kick awarded. Shaun Williams takes the free kick.
    • 29:38 Patrick Bamford gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andy Bond. Sam Walker restarts play with the free kick.
    • 28:16 The ball is crossed by Freddie Sears, save made by Ian McLoughlin.
    • 27:37 Freddie Sears concedes a free kick for a foul on Darren Potter. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Gleeson.
    • 25:55 Inswinging corner taken by Brian Wilson, clearance by Shaun Williams.
    • 25:25 Corner taken by Brian Wilson, Darren Potter makes a clearance.
    • 25:03 Gavin Massey takes a shot. Blocked by Mathias Doumbe.
    • 23:58 Shot from just outside the box by Dean Bowditch misses to the right of the goal.
    • 22:44 Foul by Luke Chadwick on Freddie Sears, free kick awarded. Brian Wilson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 17:13 Effort from the edge of the area by Jabo Ibehre goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 16:36 The ball is swung over by Luke Chadwick.
    • 12:17 Corner taken by Dean Bowditch from the left by-line to the near post, Jabo Ibehre manages to make a clearance.
    • 10:59 The assist for the goal came from Dean Bowditch.
    • 10:59 GOAL - Daniel PowellColchester 0 - 1 MK Dons Daniel Powell gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Colchester 0-1 Milton Keynes Dons.
    • 9:52 The ball is sent over by Brian Wilson, John White produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
    • 9:52 Booking Shaun Williams goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
    • 9:41 Foul by Shaun Williams on Freddie Sears, free kick awarded.
    • Correction - 7:33 Inswinging corner taken by Bradley Garmston. Strike by Magnus Okuonghae from inside the six-yard box clear the bar.
    • 7:33 Dean Lewington takes a inswinging corner. Magnus Okuonghae produces a right-footed shot from close in that clears the bar.
    • 7:12 Inswinging corner taken by Brian Wilson, Jon Otsemobor manages to make a clearance.
    • 6:55 The ball is delivered by Gavin Massey, Shaun Williams manages to make a clearance.
    • 6:11 The assistant referee flags for offside against Jabo Ibehre. Ian McLoughlin restarts play with the free kick.
    • 4:17 Luke Chadwick gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andy Bond. Direct free kick taken by Bradley Garmston.
    • 3:28 Jabo Ibehre is adjudged to have handled the ball. Indirect free kick taken by Ian McLoughlin.
    • 1:49 Dean Bowditch takes the inswinging corner, clearance by John White.
    • 1:30 Patrick Bamford takes a shot. Save by Sam Walker.
    • 0:00 The game gets underway.

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