Ten-man MK Dons suffered a cruel defeat at the hands of league leaders Wolves as Liam McAlinden headed home a winner late on in front of a record breaking crowd at stadiummk.
Samni Odelusi came off the bench for the Dons with the score level, but after a couple of late fouls he was shown a second yellow card and left the home side a man down.
Minutes after that red card McAlinden popped up in the box to head home for the visitors as the packed away end went wild and all but ended Dons promotion hopes.
The brilliant atmosphere from both sets of fans made up for a sloppy start to the game, although Wolves threatened first when James Henry took on Dean Lewington and beat him, but his cross was wayward. Michael Jacobs curled a long range effort just wide of David Martin’s goal, before the goalkeeper claimed Nouha Dicko’s low cross.
Dean Bowditch looked bright in the number 10 role for the Dons and Carl Ikeme had to dive and make a save when he hit a dipping half-volley towards goal. When the loose ball fell to Henry inside the six yard box, Martin produced an incredible save to deny the winger, but the assistant referee had his flag up anyway. Bowditch tried another volley from the corner of the penalty area, but this time the attacker’s shot looped over Ikeme’s bar.
Antony Kay gave the ball away cheaply on the halfway line and Wolves broke, but when Dicko back heeled to Jacobs the midfielder could only shoot straight at Martin. Moments, later Dicko found himself inside the Dons penalty area, but Martin did well to tip his effort over the bar to bring the half to an end.
The second half started as the first finished, with Wolves on top, and Dicko could have done better when he flicked Jacob’s cross into Martin’s gloves. At the other end, Bowditch played in James Loveridge, but the forward couldn’t get a touch on it to take it over Ikeme. After Loveridge was fouled 30 yards out, Bowditch curled a free-kick towards goal and the goalkeeper did well to push the ball around the post.
Substitute Odelusi found the ball at his feet inside the box, but his shot flew way over the crossbar as the Dons started to threaten more.
But Odelusi’s stay on the pitch didn’t last long as he was sent off for two quick yellow cards much to the anger of Karl Robinson with 12 minutes remaining. Moments later, Wolves substitute Liam McAlinden had the opposite effect on the game as he headed beyond Martin into the corner of the net.
The ten man Dons side couldn’t find a way back from there despite Robinson throwing Kay up front, and the result has severely dented any hopes of a play-off place come the end of the season.
Referee: Kevin Wright (Cambridgeshire)
MK Dons: Martin, Baldock, Spence, Kay, Lewington (c), Smith, Alli, Powell, Bowditch (Galloway (82), Kennedy (Odelusi 58), Loveridge (Rasulo 73).
Sent off: Odelusi (79)
Subs not used: Burns, Randall, Galloway, Hall.
Wolves: Ikeme, Edwards, Stearman, Batth, Henry, McDonald, Ricketts (c), Price (McAlinden 61), Golbourne, Jacobs, Dicko (Clarke 61).
Subs not used: McCarey, Elokobi, Davis, Evans, Ebanks-Landell.
Goal: McAlinden (81)