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Milton Keynes Dons 1-0 Charlton Athletic

Dean Bowditch
Dean Bowditch has scored two goals for MK Dons this season

A first-half goal from Dean Bowditch gave MK Dons victory over managerless strugglers Charlton Athletic.

The Addicks nearly took an early lead but Dons goalkeeper David Martin saved brilliantly from Jordan Cousins.

Bowditch put the hosts ahead with their first goal in more than five hours with a neat finish after linking up well with Samir Carruthers.

Nicky Maynard was twice denied by away keeper Stephen Henderson and Bowditch hit the post as the Dons dominated.

The three points were a welcome boost for Karl Robinson's men, who are now four points clear of the bottom three in the Championship.

In contrast, the Addicks remain second from bottom and have failed to score since 4 October, losing their last five matches.

After Cousins had gone close to ending that search for a goal, the home team got on top and Henderson had to scramble away a Matt Upson effort before Bowditch scored his second goal of the season.

Maynard, without a goal since August 2014, should have put the home side 2-0 up but lacked conviction when played through on goal and Henderson then denied him for a second time when he saved his curling effort.

Bowditch hit a post with a powerful shot from a tight angle before Charlton defender Patrick Bauer had a late header blocked.

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson:

"I thought we were outstanding. It's just a bit disappointing as we should have had a convincing victory.

"The boys have done well to create as many chances as they did and we need to take them.

"There was a little bit of nervous energy around the place, but it takes us four points clear of the drop zone, which is a nice cushion to have."

Charlton interim manager Karel Fraeye:

"I'm concerned with the lack of chances we created, but the Dons only created their chances after we took a lot of risks and we gave them a lot of space.

"We need to get a win as soon as possible to turn this bad run around.

"It's not about me, my concern is the team and I think there are other concerns at this moment."

Line-ups

MK Dons

  • 1Martin
  • 12Spence
  • 6KayBooked at 88mins
  • 4UpsonSubstituted forHodsonat 39'minutes
  • 3Lewington
  • 39Poyet
  • 8Potter
  • 31Murphy
  • 14Carruthers
  • 9BowditchSubstituted forBakerat 72'minutes
  • 28MaynardBooked at 73minsSubstituted forChurchat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Hodson
  • 7Baker
  • 11Church
  • 13Gallagher
  • 17Powell
  • 22Cropper
  • 38Hall

Charlton

  • 1Henderson
  • 20Solly
  • 12DiarraBooked at 45mins
  • 5BauerBooked at 33mins
  • 21Fox
  • 7Berg GudmundssonBooked at 16mins
  • 4JacksonBooked at 62mins
  • 8CousinsSubstituted forMakienokat 61'minutes
  • 28McAlenySubstituted forAhearne-Grantat 45'minutes
  • 16GhoochannejhadBooked at 51minsSubstituted forLookmanat 65'minutes
  • 32Watt

Substitutes

  • 6Sarr
  • 9Makienok
  • 17Holmes-Dennis
  • 18Ahearne-Grant
  • 22Ba
  • 30Pope
  • 37Lookman
Referee:
Andy Davies
Attendance:
9,575

Match Stats

Home TeamMK DonsAway TeamCharlton
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home17
Away8
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away19

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, MK Dons 1, Charlton Athletic 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, MK Dons 1, Charlton Athletic 0.

  3. Post update

    Offside, MK Dons. Darren Potter tries a through ball, but Simon Church is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Simon Church (MK Dons).

  5. Post update

    Alou Diarra (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Diego Poyet (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Chris Solly (Charlton Athletic).

  8. Post update

    Offside, Charlton Athletic. Johnnie Jackson tries a through ball, but Tony Watt is caught offside.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Josh Murphy (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Jordan Spence with a headed pass.

  10. Post update

    Diego Poyet (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Tony Watt (Charlton Athletic).

  12. Post update

    Jordan Spence (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Simon Makienok (Charlton Athletic).

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Simon Church (MK Dons) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Carl Baker with a through ball.

  15. Post update

    Johann Berg Gudmundsson went off injured after Charlton Athletic had used all subs.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Diego Poyet (MK Dons) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Josh Murphy.

  17. Booking

    Antony Kay (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Simon Church (MK Dons).

  19. Post update

    Alou Diarra (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Alou Diarra.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hull159422381531
2Burnley159422314931
3Brighton158701911831
4Middlesbrough159332491530
5Derby1586122101230
6Birmingham157441915425
7Reading156632315824
8Sheff Wed156631916324
9Cardiff155731512322
10Ipswich155641821-321
11Fulham155552723420
12Brentford156272022-220
13QPR155462224-219
14Wolves155372021-118
15Blackburn153751414016
16Preston153751113-216
17Leeds153751319-616
18Huddersfield153661620-415
19Nottm Forest153571116-514
20MK Dons154291321-814
21Bristol City153571726-914
22Bolton151771022-1210
23Charlton152491125-1410
24Rotherham1523101528-139
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