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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 Bristol City 33 70
2 Milton Keynes Dons 33 62
3 Preston North End 32 62
4 Swindon Town 33 61
5 Sheffield United 32 53
6 Doncaster Rovers 33 48
7 Chesterfield 33 45
8 Bradford City 32 45
9 Port Vale 33 45
10 Peterborough United 33 44
11 Fleetwood Town 33 44
12 Barnsley 33 44
13 Oldham Athletic 32 43
14 Gillingham 33 42
15 Rochdale 31 41
16 Walsall 33 41
17 Scunthorpe United 32 41
18 Crewe Alexandra 33 39
19 Notts County 32 38
20 Coventry City 32 36
21 Leyton Orient 32 35
22 Colchester United 33 34
23 Crawley Town 33 34
24 Yeovil Town 33 30