ROBINSON: WE MISS BAMFORD
MK DONS dominated the majority of this match only to be hit by a late sucker punch by struggling Tranmere – leaving boss Karl Robinson admitting he needs to bring in a striker.
It is now three games without a goal for the Dons and they are badly missing former loanee Patrick Bamford, who has picked up where he left off at Derby County in the Championship.
And smash and grab doesn’t really do this result justice.
Tranmere had posted almost no threat before Ryan Lowe’s lastgasp winner stunned his former club to lift his current one four points clear of the relegation zone.
And Robinson said: “I’m still in shock with the result.
“The result wasn’t down to the performance – we just need to score goals.
“We’ve gone three games without a goal and we need to go and find a striker, it’s as simple as that.
“We need one to try and get us up the table and we need to find one and get him in quick.
“We’ve tried everyone we’ve got up there and I thought Daniel Powell was effective and had a right good go but he’s not a natural finisher.
“Over this period Patrick has scored four so it just shows you what we’re missing.”
In a match that went ahead after the pitch passed a morning inspection, MK Dons had the first opening when Ben Reeves’ effort was turned away by Owain fon Williams.
Reeves was in the thick of the hosts’ bright start and Daniel Powell ought to have done more with his superb cross before Samir Carruthers’ shot was eventually deflected wide. Tranmere goalkeeper fon Williams had to look sharp again as he kept out another attempt by Reeves from the edge of the area.
Powell was to then spurn another chance when he lifted the ball over the bar after he had been excellently played through by Carruthers.
The Dons continued to press after the break with Carruthers sending a longrange strike just wide of the far post.
Rovers then hit their hosts with their first clear opportunity in the 90th minute when Jake Cassidy got in behind down the left and cut the ball back for Lowe to tap into an empty net.
And Tranmere boss Ronnie Moore revealed his delight that his players listened to his rallying cry at half-time.
“We had a talk at half-time where we told them to be more adventurous and show a bit more belief that we can win the game, which I always thought we could,” said Moore.
“When they’re playing a man in the hole we couldn’t be as deep as we were in the first half because we caused our own problems so we needed to push up.
“In the end we had Steve Jennings, who is our deep-lying midfielder, on the edge of their box to make the goal – it shows how much better we played
SMASH AND GRAB: Ryan Lowe nets the winner with Tranmere’s only effort late on LOWE MOMENT: MK Dons are stung by Ryan Lowe’s late goal STAR MAN BEN REEVES MKDons