A late debut goal from Marcus Forss was not enough as defeat at Milton Keynes Dons stretched AFC Wimbledon’s winless run to nine games.

The striker, on loan from Brentford, angled a header into the far corner seven minutes from time to cut into the hosts’ two-goal lead.

In-form Sam Nombe drew first blood after nine minutes when latched onto a Conor McGrandles pass and finished in off both posts. That was his fourth goal in as many games.

And after dominating possession for large periods, MK Dons doubled their lead on 26 minutes when Rhys Healey collected the ball outside the box and drilled low past goalkeeper Joe McDonnell.

After a slow first half, Wimbledon made two half-time substitutions to ignite a comeback and ran the hosts close through to the final whistle.

Kwesi Appiah was thwarted as he closed in on goal, and blazed over the bar from yards out, either side of Lee Nicholls’ smart save to deny Paul Kalambayi.

And home stopper Nicholls, who was largely a spectator for the first 45 minutes, sprang into action again when he thwarted substitute Michael Folivi from a tight angle.

Wimbledon’s glimmer of hope arrived when, five minutes into coming on, Callum Reilly’s deep cross found Forss who guided home on 83 minutes.

And in a last-gasp attempt to rescue a draw, Kalambayi could only head wide from a corner a minute into injury time.

Despite the visitors’ surge, MK Dons held on for all three points. Wimbledon have now failed to win any of the first seven league games of the season, nine in all competitions.

AFC Wimbledon team: McDonnell; O’Neill, Kalambayi, Thomas (Folivi 45), Delaney, Guinness-Walker; Wagstaff (Sanders 45), Nightingale, Reilly; Pigott, Appiah (Forss 76)