Dons clip Seagulls' wings

Daniel Powell's first-half goal proved decisive as 10-man MK Dons held on to beat League One leaders Brighton 1-0 at home.

Last Updated: 26/02/11 at 19:27

Powell: Scored the decisive goal

Powell: Scored the decisive goal

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Powell's 27th-minute tap-in ended the Seagulls' three-match winning run as the Dons survived a late onslaught after Sean O'Hanlon's 67th-minute red card.

Dons winger Keanu Marsh-Brown was twice denied by keeper Casper Ankergren early on, first when his low shot was well saved after a mazy run and then when his fierce half-volley was acrobatically tipped over the bar.

But Powell deservedly put the Dons ahead just before the half-hour mark, slotting home the rebound from close range after O'Hanlon's header had come back off a post.

Powell drilled another effort narrowly wide soon after the break and Rowan Vine had a strong penalty appeal waved away after going down under a challenge from Marcos Painter.

Ankergren then superbly saved Stephen Gleeson's drive before Brighton striker Chris Wood was denied by a brilliant double save from Dons keeper David Martin, who saved his close-range header and then his follow-up attempt. O'Hanlon received his second booking for a late tackle on Glenn Murray near the halfway line but the Dons hung on for their first win in five games at stadium:mk.

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