MK Dons had a miserable afternoon in the North West after a 3-0 defeat by struggling Wigan Athletic.
The Latics were bottom of the table at the start of the day, but goals from George Johnston, Callum Lang and Joe Dodoo secured three points for the home side at MK’s expense.
Defeat at the DW Stadium was a third in four for MK Dons, who slip a spot to 16th in the League One table, with the side sitting 12 points above the division’s relegation zone.
Wigan had the game’s first big chance when Lang was denied by Andy Fisher on a counter-attack, before the visitor’s first major chance came when Joe Mason struck a hit deflected wide.
It was Wigan who would strike first, as the home side worked the ball down the left flank for a cross that an unmarked Johnston diverted past Fisher.
Having been unimpressed with what he’d seen, MK Dons boss Russell Martin made a double substitution just after the half hour mark and his side did respond to these switches, with Ethan Laird denied by Jamie Jones, Harry Darling striking a post and the away side having a penalty appeal turned down.
The visitors did also start the second half brightly with a few close opportunities, but a second Wigan goal just after the hour mark damaged the Dons’ hopes of any reward to take home.
Scott Fraser was robbed of the ball while in a deep lying position, and Gavin Massey’s cross picked out Lang, who turned the ball in.
It would then get even worse for the away side, as a loose pass in the Dons’ own half rapidly ended up with Viv Solomon-Otabor pulling it back for Dodoo to rifle home.
Fraser would hit the bar late on, but MK Dons were unable to pick up the victory and go into a stretch of 3 consecutive home games starting from Tuesday on the back of 4 games in a row without a win.