Date: 17th February 2015 at 10:18pm
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MK Dons climbed back into the top two with a hard-fought 1-0 win at Colchester.

McFadzean and Grigg and new signing George Williams came into the starting XI for a game the Dons were desperate to win after two consecutive losses.

The Dons were the better side in the first half and were finding it easy to manoeuvre round the Colchester, the side they beat 6-0 back in November.

Jordan Spence came close on 21 minutes when his header from Baker`s free-kick required a fingertip save from Sam Walker, while both Potter and Alli had long range efforts fly just wide.

And Ian McLoughlin, in goal with David Martin out injured, saved well Colchester`s only real chance of the half, a dangerous 25-yard drive from Porter.

But the Dons finally broke through a tough home defence on 44 minutes. Kay received the ball just outside the box following a corner, and looped a ball over to Dele Alli who produced a smart finish to put the Dons 1-0 up.

Colchester raised their game in the second half but the Dons remained strong.

McLoughlin was forced into a fantastic save to deny Massey`s volley on 59 minutes. The stand-in keeper received some criticism for his performance in the loss at Gillingham but he made amends here.

The Dons still posed an attacking threat however, and Powell tested the Walker with a 20-yard effort soon after.

Colchester, desperate for the points that would lift them out of the relegation zone, searched for an equaliser and Kay made a fantastic block in the final few minutes to clear a dangerous pass that flew across the six-yard box in the final few minutes.

But the Dons held on to claim the clean sheet and three points that sets them up perfectly for Saturday`s game against local rivals Peterborough.