Our weekly round-up of games involving City's loan playersJOSH Murphy found the net for MK Dons on Saturday, but it wasn't enough to prevent his side from falling to a 2-1 defeat at fellow Sky Bet Championship strugglers Fulham.
The hosts went in front early in the second half through Ross McCormack, but Murphy levelled in style by collecting Alex Revell's flick and nonchalantly lobbing goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli.
However, Fulham went on to secure a significant win 15 minutes from time when Moussa Dembele swept home McCormack's cut-back, leaving MK Dons four points from safety.
In Sky Bet League One, it was a tale of near-misses for a number of City's loan exports as the woodwork came into play on multiple occasions.
Jamar Loza was among those denied, playing 63 minutes and hitting the post during Southend United's 2-0 defeat at Blackpool.
Swindon Town midfielder Louis Thompson also found fortune in short supply, slamming off the crossbar as his side were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Fleetwood Town.
Wes Burns' header had given Fleetwood an early lead, only for Nicky Ajose to equalise midway through the second half ahead of Thompson's attempts at finding a winner to fall short.
Jacob Murphy became the third player to hit the woodwork, with his long-range second half effort the closest either side came to a goal during Coventry City's 0-0 draw at Gillingham.
James Maddison missed out on the matchday squad, as did Peterborough United's Harry Toffolo as Posh eased to a 3-0 home win over Crewe Alexandra thanks in part to Harry Beautyman's brace.
Nearer the bottom of the division there was late heartbreak for Remi Matthews' Doncaster Rovers as Rochdale netted deep in injury-time to salvage a 2-2 draw.
Rovers had come from behind to lead, but Craig Alcock's 90th minute red card left saw Darren Ferguson's side restricted to a point when Niall Canavan volleyed home in the sixth minute of additional time.
Fellow goalkeeper Ben Killip was able to lay claim to a clean sheet, shutting out Stockport County in Lowestoft Town's 2-0 win in the Vanarama National League North.
A tier further up, Cameron Norman was an unused substitute for Woking's 2-2 draw at Southport in the Vanarama Conference.
In Scotland, Carlton Morris missed out on the matchday squad as Hamilton Academical were beaten 3-0 at Aberdeen on Sunday.
Conor McGrandles also remains sidelined with a broken leg, with his Falkirk side seeing a two-goal lead wiped out during their 2-2 draw at Queen of the South.
Finally, Ricky van Wolfswinkel missed out on Real Betis' matchday squad for their 5-1 defeat at Atletico Madrid in Spain's La Liga.