Russell Martin’s men dropped an absolute stinker, losing their positive goal difference in the process, as Wigan Tic’ed all the right boxes to destroy The Dons.
The visitors should have been behind early on as Wigan started brightly. Callum Lang sprung the offside trap in the third minute and he had all the time in the world to pick his spot but Andrew Fisher pulled off a huge save to prevent his side from conceding another early goal this season.
This poor start was not rectified and League One’s basement club, heading into the weekend, capitalised in the 23rd minute. George Johnston’s excellent header was the first goal of his professional career as well as the first of the afternoon after excellent work by Viv Solomon-Otabor.
Martin showed his ruthless streak in the 31st minute when he hauled Jordan Houghton and Daniel Harvie off in place of Andrew Surman and Zak Jules respectively. Following one of the worst half-hours of MK Dons’ season, the manager saw no point in delaying making changes.
Athletic also carved out the next big chance of the game as Milton Keynes looked all at sea. Fisher was called into action to deny Gavin Massey and keep the deficit at one.
The Dons did not produce their first attempt on goal until the 38th minute when Ethan Laird cut inside, using his blistering pace to create space for himself but his left-footed effort was well-saved by Jamie Jones.
In the lead-up to half-time, Harry Darling attempted an innocuous-looking shot from 35 yards out, after not being closed down and a helpless Jones was lucky to see the ball strike the frame of his goal.
Half-time: Wigan Athletic 1-0 MK Dons
Wigan seemed to sit back more following the break and the stage did seem set for an MK comeback, especially with the former side’s awful second-half record. However, The Dons suffered a sucker punch in the 64th minute as Massey crossed for Lang to get his goal, with his header giving Fisher no chance, bouncing in off the crossbar.
The Dons would concede three again as Fisher did not cover himself in glory as a shocking attempted pass was picked off, resulting in a three-on-two, with Solomon-Otabor squaring for Joseph Dodoo to score one of the easiest goals of his career.
This has to go down as one of the worst performances of the season. The men in black offered very little against a poor team but for The Tics, that win lifts them off the bottom as Luke Robinson put in a stellar performance to keep Laird quiet.
Full-time: Wigan Athletic 3-0 MK Dons
Man of the match: Luke Robinson