MATCHDAY LIVE: MK Dons vs Portsmouth

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On Feb 10, 2018
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MATCHDAY REACTION: MK Dons 1-2 Portsmouth

MK Dons let slip their lead late in the day as Portsmouth snatched an unlikely victory at Stadium MK.

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'We have to prove it on the pitch'

We have to take it very seriously, there's no point in saying 'let's not worry about it' because we realise where we are. We all believe the squad is better than being in the relegation zone but we have to prove it on the pitch.
Scott Wootton

Paying the price for missed chances

Another Dons chance goes begging

Wootton said: "It would be more worrying if we'd lost 2-1 and didn't have any chances. We're getting more chances, more play in the final third and look more creative but you have to stick the ball in. We've only done that once today and we needed to do it more. 
"We were just thinking 'come on, let's just get a point' especially with anotehr game on Tuesday, and three points there gives us a good turn-around but it was a poor goal to concede again. If we took our chances earlier in the game, the game was finished. We need to address both situations."

Wootton takes the blame for Pompey equaliser

We're hugely disappointed. We didn't switch on, they played a short corner and the centre half got up at the far post. I'll take responsibility for that.
Scott Wootton

Sickener for Scott Wootton and Dons

Portsmouth celebrate Conor Chaplin's winner

"This is an absolute sickener for us," said defender Scott Wootton. "To be 1-0 up with 10 minutes to go and not even draw but end up losing is a real sickener.
" For all our good play, we need to capitalise when we're on top and turn it into goals, put teams to the sword. Everyone needs to chip in with that, but we need to address it."

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Issues in both boxes for Dons

Micciche said: "We are where we are because of what happens in the final third and the defending third.
"Scoring is the hardest thing to do in football - that's why we pay the forwards as much as we do. We created great chances, but their keeper had a great game.
"We have to give Portsmouth credit too, because they fought until the end."

Dons deserved at least a point

We deserved at least a point. Three of their players apologised to me after the game and said we were robbed. I signed Luke McGee as a 10-year-old for Tottenham and he has come back to haunt me.
Dan Micciche

Bitter pill to swallow for Micciche

"I have felt the same in all three games," said Micciche after the 2-1 defeat to Portsmouth. "They haven't been a free pass, they've hurt just as much. When you lose with 20 seconds to go, it's a bitter pill but we know we have to pick up points and we're doing the best we can.
"I'm proud of how we've played in the last three games, but I want the players to remember this feeling because it does hurt, but if we stick at it and we're better in both boxes, things will change quickly."

Who was man of the match against Portsmouth

Calculating results

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View from the press box

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FULL TIME: MK Dons 1-2 Portsmouth

A cruel, cruel blow at the end for MK Dons, but the awful run goes on.

Portsmouth score in stoppage time

MK Dons 1-2 Portsmouth
90 mins

Calamitous at the back as MK Dons concede again, this time Chaplin pokes home to surely win it for Portsmouth.

Equaliser for Portsmouth

MK Dons 1-1 Portsmouth
84 mins

Matt Clarke rises highest at the corner to draw the visitors level. Heartbreak for MK Dons.

IN THE PICTURE: P-Ike that one out

Ike Ugbo celebrates netting the opener for MK Dons - his first since joining on loan in January.

SECOND HALF: MK Dons restart the game

Dons restart the second half with a 1-0 lead.
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HALF TIME: Ugbo's opener is the difference

MK Dons 1-0 Portsmouth

In a thrilling 45 minutes at Stadium MK, Dons go in at the break ahead. Both keepers have earned their money so far, with big saves at either end from Lee Nicholls and Luke McGee. McGee though can think himself a little unlucky to have picked the ball out of his net, having first bravely denied Kieran Agard but saw the rebound fall to Ike Ugbo to score his first in Dons colours.

Overall, a good game with some good action and plenty to be happy about.

GOAL! MK Dons lead

MK Dons 1-0 Portsmouth
21 mins:
Upson sprays it wide to Tymon, his cross is met by Agard but denied by keeper McGee, and Ugbo is on hand to fire in the rebound!

KICK OFF: Portsmouth get the game underway

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Team sheets

In a bid to win his first game, Dan Micciche makes five changes and alters the formation for the visit of Portsmouth. Switching to three at the back, Josh Tymon is handed his first start since joining on loan from Stoke City, playing as the left full back. Osman Sow, Elliott Ward, Marcus Tavernier and Alex Gilbey miss out through injury, and Chuks Aneke was serving the last game of his suspension. Peter Pawlett and Ouss Cisse also make returns to the side.

Portsmouth's team to face MK Dons

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MK Dons team news

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This is a special game for Dons assistant Keith Millen

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Portsmouth will be travelling in numbers today

Portsmouth are renowned for having good support home and away. There was a great atmosphere when Coventry came here, so bring it on.
George Williams, Nearly 6,000 Pompey fans are expected at the game today

Earlier this season: Portsmouth 2-0 MK Dons

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Oliver Hawkins bagged a first half double to beat MK Dons at Fratton Park back in October.

Can MK Dons unlock the potential in Robbie Muirhead

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Man in the middle: John Brooks

Refereeing today's game is John Brooks. He has taken charge of 34 games this season, dishing out 107 yellow cards at an average of π (that's 3.14 for those unfamiliar with Pi!) His last red card was back in November - one of four all campaign.

He took charge of Dons' 1-1 draw with Walsall back in October, and oversaw Portsmouth's 1-0 win over Bury in December.