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Rochdale 2-3 Milton Keynes Dons

Dean Bowditch
Dean Bowditch started his career at Ipswich Town

MK Dons made sure the League One automatic promotion race will go down to the final day by beating Rochdale.

Samir Carruthers put Dons ahead with a neat finish before Dean Bowditch's curling strike doubled the lead.

Peter Vincenti converted Ian Henderson's cross after the break to reduce the arrears but Daniel Powell squeezed the ball home for the visitors to restore the two-goal cushion.

Henderson grabbed a consolation but defeat ended Rochdale's play-off hopes.

Third-placed MK Dons sit one point behind Preston in second and finish their campaign at home to bottom side Yeovil.

Preston travel to relegation-threatened Colchester for their final game.

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"We were sensational. We were great in a different way. Rochdale deserved to win, they were the better team.

"That wasn't the quality we expect of our team. I thought we switched off after the 10th minute. We've not needed lady luck recently but we needed it today.

"I think we've done all we can. We've played 45 very difficult games and there's not been a second we've not pushed ourselves to the limit and I think the players deserve tremendous credit."

On Swindon's team selection against Preston: "(Swindon manager) Mark Cooper will say he's had to do it for the right reasons and I have to respect that and his integrity.

"When you see the team before the game and you only see two or three that will play in the play-off games, it was difficult for us to take, but we still had a job to do."

Rochdale manager Keith Hill told BBC Radio Manchester:

"That game summed our season up. We made too many individual mistakes.

"We were setting our plan out to not make mistakes - we have done twice for two goals and that really hurts me"

"Where we're at at this moment in time is healthy but we've got to try and plan the future.

"I'm really disappointed tonight stood here as a manager. The third goal was a gift. It's an absolute joke defensively."

Line-ups

Rochdale

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 19Jones
  • 27CannonBooked at 61mins
  • 6Lancashire
  • 33Kennedy
  • 17Tanser
  • 3BennettBooked at 41mins
  • 25RoseSubstituted forBunneyat 63'minutes
  • 7Vincenti
  • 28CampsSubstituted forAndrewat 54'minutes
  • 24AllenSubstituted forNoble-Lazarusat 54'minutesBooked at 79mins
  • 40Henderson

Substitutes

  • 1Lillis
  • 2Rafferty
  • 5Eastham
  • 9Andrew
  • 11Noble-Lazarus
  • 26Logan
  • 39Bunney

MK Dons

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Martin
  • 12SpenceBooked at 27mins
  • 6Kay
  • 5McFadzean
  • 3Lewington
  • 34Baker
  • 14AlliBooked at 84mins
  • 13Baker
  • 22CarruthersSubstituted forHallat 72'minutes
  • 9BowditchSubstituted forPowellat 72'minutes
  • 11GriggBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 2Hodson
  • 17Powell
  • 19Hitchcock
  • 28Cole
  • 29Burns
  • 38Hall
Referee:
Michael Bull
Attendance:
3,501

Match Stats

Home TeamRochdaleAway TeamMK Dons
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home12
Away13
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home15
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Rochdale 2, MK Dons 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Rochdale 2, MK Dons 3.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ian Henderson (Rochdale) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  4. Booking

    William Grigg (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Post update

    Andrew Cannon (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Carl Baker (MK Dons).

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Andrew Cannon (Rochdale) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Kyle McFadzean.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Calvin Andrew (Rochdale).

  10. Post update

    Dean Lewington (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Peter Vincenti (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Powell (MK Dons).

  13. Post update

    Andrew Cannon (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Carl Baker (MK Dons).

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Andrew Cannon (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Carl Baker (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  17. Goal!

    Goal! Rochdale 2, MK Dons 3. Ian Henderson (Rochdale) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Reuben Noble-Lazarus.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Calvin Andrew (Rochdale).

  19. Post update

    Kyle McFadzean (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Booking

    Dele Alli (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City452812588365296
2Preston452514679394089
3MK Dons452610996435388
4Swindon442381373541977
5Sheff Utd4519131365521370
6Chesterfield4519111567541368
7Rochdale451962072611163
8Bradford451614155455-162
9Peterborough45188195255-362
10Fleetwood451612174751-460
11Walsall451417144846259
12Gillingham451514166265-359
13Barnsley451611185761-459
14Doncaster451513175360-758
15Scunthorpe451414176070-1056
16Oldham451414175366-1356
17Port Vale45159215463-954
18Coventry451216174759-1252
19Crewe451410214374-3152
20Notts County451214194460-1650
21Crawley451311215277-2550
22Leyton Orient451212215767-1048
23Colchester44139225676-2048
24Yeovil451010253570-3540
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