Mathias Doumbe (32 mins)
npower League 1
, Feb 25, 2012
Ground: Dean Court , Kickoff: 15:00 , Att 6,419
Miles more for Cherries Injury-stricken Bournemouth can at least call on new recruit Miles Addison as they entertain MK Dons.
Cherries boss Lee Bradbury was forced to move quickly to complete a loan deal for the Derby defender after Stephen Purches suffered a double leg break during a 1-0 defeat at Rochdale.
And with Steve Cook missing for up to three weeks with an ankle injury, Bradbury's backline faces a tricky test against a Dons side that has scored seven goals in its last two outings.
The defensive quartet of captain Adam Barrett, Mathieu Baudry (both hamstring), Shaun Cooper and Nathan Byrne (ankle) are all struggling for match fitness.
Goalkeeper Shwan Jalal is recuperating from a back operation, with striker Charlie Sheringham (foot) sidelined for the rest of the current campaign.
Midfielders Joe Partington and Mark Molesley provide fitness concerns elsewhere on the field.
Several players are giving MK Dons boss Karl Robinson cause for concern ahead of the trip.
Captain Dean Lewington, fellow defender James Tavernier and midfielders Darren Potter and Alan Smith are nursing niggles following the home victory over Bury in midweek.
Striker Jabo Ibehre and midfielder Luke Chadwick had minor knocks and were only fit enough for the bench on Tuesday night. However, Chadwick is expected to return to the starting line up at the weekend.
"We have quite a large amount of injuries," said Robinson. "That pitch has really taken it out of the players. Darren Potter is not training today (Thursday), James Tavernier, Alan Smith and Dean Lewington aren't training either.
Bournemouth vs Milton Keynes Dons
Last modified 17:27 25/02/12
Doumbe gives Dons a lift Mathias Doumbe steered MK Dons to within four points of the automatic promotion positions with the winner in a 1-0 victory at Bournemouth.
The opening first half produced few chances, but Cherries striker Matt Tubbs squandered a rare opportunity when one-on-one with Dons goalkeeper David Martin by firing wide.
MK Dons punished Bournemouth on the 32nd minute through defender Doumbe, who was left unmarked in the penalty area and reacted quickest to fire home a loose ball from Dean Bowditch's in-swinging corner.
Bournemouth's problems could have worsened after the interval when a frustrated Donal McDermott lunged with both feet at Bowditch, but escaped with just a booking from referee Darren Deadman.
The visitors should have secured all three points in the 52nd minute when Charlie MacDonald waltzed through the Cherries defence and crashed a shot against the crossbar.
Bournemouth rarely threatened after that, leaving Karl Robinson's side to record a comfortable third successive league win.
|Player rating out of ten||Player name||Substitution||Did they score?||Player's disciplinary record||Rating|
|32||Donal McDermott(sub 64)|
|25||Matthew Tubbs(sub 70)|
|12||Wes Fogden(sub 64)|
|29||Jayden Stockley(sub 70)|
|Player rating out of ten||Player name||Did they score?||Player's disciplinary record||Substitution||Rating|
|23||James O'Shea(sub 69)|
|10||Charlie MacDonald(sub 62)|
|19||Jabo Ibehre(sub 62)|
|26||Luke Chadwick(sub 69)|
|Team||Bournemouth||Milton Keynes Dons|