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Stadium:MK (ATT 7,164) 15th December 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: R East

MK Dons Milton Keynes Dons vs Hartlepool United Hartlepool

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Lowe blow for Hartlepool

Last Updated: 15/12/12 6:05pm

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Lowe: In red-hot form

Lowe: In red-hot form

Ryan Lowe was on target for the third successive League One match as MK Dons heaped more misery on Hartlepool with a 1-0 win.

The 34-year-old striker placed a precise side-footed volley into the corner of the net early on to lift the Dons to within two points of top spot and leave hapless Pools without a win in 21 games.

Milton Keynes dominated the first half and the unmarked Lowe put them ahead on the quarter-of-an-hour mark, tucking Darren Potter's cross past Scott Flinders as the Pools defence appealed in vain for offside.

Flinders then brilliantly denied Angelo Balanta and Luke Chadwick, while Dean Lewington curled a free-kick just wide and Shaun Williams had a headed goal ruled out for a shove.

Hartlepool rarely threatened in the first half but Jonathan Franks wasted a rare opportunity when he raced onto Jack Baldwin's long punt but could only lob straight at keeper David Martin.

Pools improved after the break and Charlie Wyke had a fierce drive beaten out by Martin and Steve Howard nodded a decent chance straight at the keeper.

But the Dons regained control and Chadwick had a low strike well saved by Flinders, while Potter drilled a shot narrowly wide and then blasted another effort against the crossbar at the death.

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Table

Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Swindon Town 26 54
2 Bristol City 25 54
3 Milton Keynes Dons 26 52
4 Preston North End 26 47
5 Chesterfield 26 38
6 Rochdale 25 37
7 Fleetwood Town 27 37
8 Bradford City 25 36
9 Sheffield United 24 36
10 Notts County 26 35
11 Doncaster Rovers 25 35
12 Port Vale 27 35
13 Peterborough United 26 34
14 Oldham Athletic 25 34
15 Walsall 26 33
16 Gillingham 27 31
17 Scunthorpe United 24 30
18 Coventry City 27 30
19 Barnsley 25 29
20 Crewe Alexandra 26 29
21 Colchester United 26 27
22 Leyton Orient 26 26
23 Yeovil Town 27 25
24 Crawley Town 27 24