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Second-half report

18 August 2012

Latics lose again at bogey ground

Latics found out why Milton Keynes Dons are one of the favourites for promotion as they lost 2-0 at stadium:mk in their opening npower League One game of the season.

Goals from Darren Potter and Daniel Powell ensured Latics left Buckinghamshire empty handed as their disappointing run of form on the ground continued.

Latics, 1-0 at the break, had two chances to draw level early in second period.

Youssouf M'Chanagama saw a long-range shot fly narrowly wide while Robbie Simpson dragged a shot wide across the face of goal.

They were to prove costly misses as Dons doubled their advantage just short of the hour.

Powell cut a swathe through Latics' defence after a weaving run and shot high into the roof of the net from just inside the penalty area.

Latics made their first change midway through the half when Connor Hughes replaced debutant Cristian Montano.

Simpson (pictured) thought he had halved the deficit moments later with a near-post shot only for the referee's assistant to flag for offside.

Dons would have added a third late on but for the heroics of keeper Alex Cisak.

First the Aussie acrobatically turned over a goalbound shot from substitute Jabo Ibehre.

Then moments later there was a superb double save to deny Jay O'Shea and then keep out Charlie MacDonald's follow-up effort.

Late on Jonathan Grounds was denied a goal for Latics as home keeper David Martin clawed away his looping shot.

There was a flashpoint at the final whistle as home defender Antony Kay was sent off following a bust up with Simpson which resulted in a melee involving players from both sides.

Full-time: MK Dons 2, Latics 0.

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