MK Dons eased to victory over 10-man Notts County as Clinton Morrison scored one and set up another.
County's Julian Kelly was sent off after four minutes for handball but Shaun Williams's penalty was saved by Stuart Nelson.
Angelo Balanta gave the Dons the lead, playing a one-two with Morrison before dinking over Nelson.
With eight minutes left, Morrison tapped in Bowditch's low cross and then Daniel Powell scored a fine solo goal.
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MK Dons manager Karl Robinson told BBC Three Counties Radio:
"Myself and John (Gorman) had a game-plan today that I wanted to stick to and when they went down to 10 men our game plan became different. We punished them but missed chances.
"It was a good performance but we rode our luck for 15 minutes in the second half, and you have got to give them credit for that. A typical Martin Allen side with passion for the manager.
"We have got our own show and it is called the MK Dons show, as a football club, and long may it continue, doing the right things and going in the right direction."
Notts County manager Martin Allen told BBC Radio Nottingham:
"It was always going to be a difficult game coming here with 11 players - I saw them play here on Tuesday night against Charlton and they should have been well ahead of Charlton - they've got good pace, they've got good movement, they play very good football.
"When you're playing against that with 10-men, that's tough.
"When I said in the week that these (MK Dons) are going to be the champions, you now know what I mean."