Dons dogged by another red
Last Updated: August 21, 2012 11:35pm
Smith: Red carded on 19 minutes
MK Dons had a player sent off for the third successive match in the first half of their 1-1 draw at Bournemouth on Tuesday.
But 10-man Dons, trailing to Lewis Grabban's debut goal for the Cherries, hit back to snatch a point through Daniel Powell's second-half equaliser.
Former Leeds and Manchester United midfielder Alan Smith was sent off in the 19th minute after appearing to miss-time a challenge on Cherries midfielder Harry Arter, who was replaced at half-time and his dismissal climaxed a chaotic short spell for the Dons, who fell behind to a close-range Grabban strike two minutes earlier.
Grabban's goal had an element of good fortune about it - Charlie Daniels appearing to miscue his pass into the path of the summer signing from Rotherham after rounding Adam Chicksen.
Daniels twice went close to increasing the lead as Bournemouth bossed the first half, but MK Dons improved dramatically after the break and got a 62nd-minute equaliser when Gary McKenzie set up Powell to score his second goal in consecutive matches.
Dons hung on as Lee Barnard had a goal ruled out for offside and Steve Cook hit the crossbar with a header as the visitors withstood heavy late pressure.
npower League 1
Tue 21st Aug
Bournemth1 - 1MK Dons
Brentford1 - 3Yeovil
Coventry1 - 1Sheff Utd
Doncaster2 - 1Bury
Leyton Or0 - 1Stevenage
Notts Co2 - 0Hartlepool
Oldham1 - 1Walsall
Scunthorpe1 - 2Crewe
Shrewsbury1 - 0Preston
Swindon3 - 0Crawley
Carlisle0 - 3Tranmere
Colchester2 - 2Portsmouth
npower League 1
|8||Milton Keynes Dons||46||70|
|14||Preston North End||46||59|