Date: 9th February 2015 at 10:26pm
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MK Dons missed out on a chance to go top of the table as they lost 2-1 away at Bradford City.

Andrews (making his first start since re-signing), Clarke-Harris, Green and Hodson replaced Grigg, Bowditch (hamstring), Powell and McFadzean (suspended) in the starting line-up for the Dons.

The Dons found it difficult to play their usual passing game on a poor playing surface, and indeed both sides found it hard to create clear cut chances in the first half.

Clarke-Harris looked lively up-front but never really managed to latch onto any balls his teammates tried to play, while Danny Green had a 25-yard free kick fly just over the crossbar in a half where the Dons struggled.

Meanwhile, Dons keeper Martin was busy defending his goal from the home side`s dangerous balls into the box, and saved the best chance of the half when Clarke received a loose ball just outside the box and produced a dangerous shot that needed saving.

But somewhat against the run of play, it was the Dons who opened the scoring on 54 minutes. Clarke-Harris claimed a miskick from Pickford, and passed it well to Alli who slotted coolly through the keeper`s legs.

But it wasn`t long before Bradford were level. On 56 minutes Liddle`s lob into the box flew over all the Dons defender`s heads to Clarke`s feet, who was able to easily score past Martin.

The Dons nearly replied with Hodson`s deflected effort after a Baker free-kick, but it was in fact the hosts who took the lead. After an obvious handball, Stead played in Hanson who was able to finish easily past the on-rushing Martin.

Karl Robinson put on two strikers in Grigg and Cole, but the Dons never looked any more likely to score. Baker had a couple of chances, one a misplaced shot following a good run, and then denied by Pickford after connecting with a long ball, but it was Bradford who claimed the victory.

The Dons remain 3rd and, while the performance was poor, it`s worth remembering that this was only our 2nd defeat in 19 games.