ROBIN­SON: WE MISS BAM­FORD

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Matt Wright To com­ment on this match go to http://boards. footy­mad.net/

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

sec­ond half.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Im­ages

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

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