Shrewsbury 2-0 AFC Wimbledon
AFC Wimbledon slipped to defeat at Shrewsbury as James Shea suffered a suspected broken nose.
Jim McDonnell came on for his Dons debut but could do nothing about Liam Lawrence's strike in first-half stoppage time.
Scott Vernon doubled the lead early in the second half with a powerful header from Lawrence's corner as Wimbledon fell asleep at the back.
Dave Winfield came in for the suspended Mark Phillips as Neal Ardley was forced into naming a different centre back pairing for the fourth successive game.
But the Dons boss faced further woe as Shea fell awkwardly when coming for a cross and had to be stretchered off.
McDonnell came on for his debut and the 20-year-old looked assured in between the sticks but the delay had unsettled the visitors.
However, the Shrews took the lead in first-half stoppage time as Jermaine Grandison fed Lawrence who made no mistake from close range.
Wimbledon, though, shot themselves in the foot as Lawrence turned provider as his corner was met by the head of Vernon.
Shrewsbury showed why they were leaders as they could easily see the game out and leave AFC Wimbledon in mid-table.
Dons: Shea (McDonnell 23), Fuller, Bulman, Francomb, Azeez (Akinfenwa 63), Kennedy, Reeves, Tanner, Connolly (Rigg 68), Winfield, Oshilaja.
Subs (not used): McDonnell, Smith, Moore, Akinfenwa, Rigg, Beere, Potter.