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Preview: Scunthorpe United

All you need to know ahead of Saturday’s clash at Stadium MK…

28 April 2018

MK Dons will be looking to finish grace the Stadium MK turf for the final time on Saturday as they host promotion chasing Scunthorpe United.

Keith Millen took charge of The Dons for the first time on Tuesday night as the men from MK1 fell to a 2-0 defeat away to Bradford City.

Scunthorpe travel to Stadium MK with hopes of securing a play-off position come the end of the season – something the Dons will be looking to scupper.

Kick-off is at 3pm.

Scunthorpe United finished the 2016/17 season in third place – securing a play-off position in the process. Their final standing resulted in a semi-final clash with Millwall, which ended in heart-breaking fashion for The Iron who secured their passage to Wembley with a 3-2 aggregate win.

Over the summer, Graham Alexander recruited a number of experienced names including Rory McArdle from Bradford City, Matt Gilks from Wigan Athletic and Lee Novak from Charlton Athletic. More importantly for the Scunthorpe faithful, they retained the services of Josh Morris who scored 20 goals in the previous campaign, the energetic Duane Homes and Neal Bishop.

Alexander started the season in good fashion as his side went the first six games unbeaten before suffering a 1-0 defeat against Blackburn Rovers in September. While Alexander's side never pushed on for an automatic promotion spot they have always been in and around the play-off picture this season. After a winless run of five draws and three defeats earlier in the season, manager Graham Alexander departed the Club with his assistant Nick Daws named as interim manager until the end of the season, former Iron defender Andy Dawson was named as his assistant.

MK Dons' Sky Bet League One survival hopes are all-but-over after a 2-0 defeat to Bradford City at the Northern Commercials Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Timothee Dieng and Nathaniel Knight-Percival scored either side of half-time, in a game where the Keith Millen's side dominated possession but were unable to find a way past Colin Doyle in the Bantams goal.

Scunthorpe United meanwhile, recorded an important 1-0 home win over Walsall last Saturday, with Ryan Yates scoring the decisive goal.

His diving header on 76 minutes secured a victory which tightens Scunthorpe's grip on sixth place in the League One play-off zone.

Keith Millen confirmed in his pre-match press conference that Peter Pawlett will face a late fitness test ahead of Saturday's clash, while Osman Sow will be unavailable for the Sky Bet League One tie.

Elsewhere, Alex Gilbey and Joe Walsh are both still unavailable as the duo continue their rehab.

Scunthorpe could welcome back Andrew Crofts who suffered from an illness earlier in the week. Luke Williams and Jonathon Margetts will not play again this season due to their respective injuries.

John Busby will oversee Saturday's clash with Scunthorpe. It'll be the second time the official has officiated the Dons this season – he last took charge of the Dons during their 2-1 win over Gillingham last month.

Mr Busby has overseen 41 games this season issuing 107 yellow cards and four reds.

His assistant referees are Antony Da Costa and Christopher Ward while the fourth official is Christopher O'Donnell.

Dons wins: 5
Dons wins at Stadium MK: 2
Last Dons win: 2-0, 7 Apr, 2015 (Stadium MK)
Biggest Dons win: 3-0, 14 Aug 2012 (Glanford Park)

Draws: 5
Draws at Stadium MK: 2
Last draw: 2-2, 16 Dec 2017 (Glanford Park)

Scunthorpe wins: 5
Scunthorpe wins at Stadium MK: 3
Last Scunthorpe win: 1-0, 14 Apr 2017 (Stadium MK)
Biggest Scunthorpe win: 2-0, 04 Feb 2006 (Glanford Park)

Result
Dons win: 14/5
Draw: 12/5
Scunthorpe win: 1/1

First goalscorer
Chuks Aneke: 9/2
Kieran Agard: 11/2
Ike Ugbo: 13/2
Marcus Tavernier: 11/1

Scorecast
Chuks Aneke to score first and MK Dons to win 2-1: 40/1

Tip
Chuks Aneke and Kieran Agard Both to Score: 13/2

*All odds correct at the time of writing

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MK Dons will look to return to winning ways in their Stadium MK finale against Scunthorpe United this Saturday afternoon.

The match has been designated as the Buckingham Big Day, meaning residents with an MK18 postcode can purchase tickets at a discounted rate of £10 adults and £3 for under-18s. 

General sale tickets are priced at £22 adults, £17 over-65s/under-21s and £7 under-18s while under-12s go FREE with a Young Dons membership.

To book tickets click HERE, visit the Box Office at Stadium MK/kiosk at centre:mk or call 0333 200 5343. Tickets will be available to buy right up until kick-off

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Report: MK Dons 0-2 Scunthorpe United

Relegation confirmed after Stadium MK defeat...

28 April 2018

MK Dons’ relegation from Sky Bet League One was confirmed following a 2-0 defeat to Scunthorpe United at Stadium MK.

Rory McArdle and Ivan Toney scored first-half goals for the play-off chasing Iron and that proved to be the final nail in the coffin for the Dons, who will be playing Sky Bet League Two football next season.

Keith Millen named an unchanged starting XI for the visit of the Iron. There were two new additions to the bench, however, with Aidan Nesbitt and Conor McGrandles making a return to the matchday squad.

Play-off chasing Scunthorpe made a bright start and in the second minute it took some good defending from Ed Upson near the penalty spot to prevent Josh Morris connecting with Duane Holmes’ low cross.

The Dons threatened for the first time through Marcus Tavernier but, after a strong run, he was dispossessed on the edge of the United penalty area.

Jordan Clarke teed up Hakeeb Adelakun, who tested Wieger Sietsma for the first time with a 20-yard strike which the Dutchman saved and held.

Millen’s side responded with a spell of pressure but they weren't able to really trouble Matt Gilks, aside from a corner which the Scunthorpe stopper had to punch clear.

Scunthorpe were then awarded a free-kick for a foul by Elliott Ward. Ivan Toney took the set-piece and his effort took a touch off the wall on its way over Sietsma’s goal. From the resulting corner, Rory McArdle headed in the opening goal of the game. 0-1.

Sietsma kept out a free-kick from Josh Morris just prior to the half-hour mark before the Dons’ number 13 spread himself well to get a hand to Toney’s effort – the Scunthorpe striker had raced onto a long ball forward.

Scunthorpe went close again to doubling their lead from a Morris corner on 33 minutes but Sietsma did superbly to deny Clarke before Upson cleared away a follow-up goal-bound effort.

Two minutes later, though, the Iron did make it 2-0 – Toney the goalscorer for the visitors, heading in off the post from Morris’ cross.

The Dons looked to respond through Aneke, who did well to hold up the ball and set free Brittain down the right. Brittain returned the ball inside the area but, after creating space for a shot, Aneke saw his attempt deflected up into the arms of Gilks.

In first-half stoppage time, Tavernier produced a save out of the Iron stopper with a curling effort from the edge of the area. That was followed by a low drive from Aneke which was also gobbled up by Gilks.

Millen made two changes at the break, introducing Robbie Muirhead and Kieran Agard in place of Ike Ugbo and Josh Tymon.

One of those substitutes, Agard, almost provided Tavernier with a chance to reduce the deficit with a low cross which was just of the loanee’s reach.

Similarly placed to Tavernier, Agard then went close to connecting with a Muirhead delivery before Sietsma was forced into his first save of the second half – a strong stop to keep out Duane Holmes’ strike.

Agard certainly looked up for the fight and his enthusiasm was acknowledged by the supporters whenever he chased down a defender. He was soon joined on the field by Nesbitt, who added to the Dons’ attacking threat.

With five minutes left to play, Aneke headed over the crossbar while Muirhead twice tested Gilks in stoppage time.

Starting XI: Sietsma; Williams, Ward, Golbourne; Brittain, Upson, Cisse, Tymon (Agard 46); Tavernier Nesbitt 77), Aneke, Ugbo (Muirhead 46).

Unused subs: Jones, Lewington, Wootton, McGrandles.

Booked: Aneke

Attendance: 9,578 (713 away)

Referee: J Busby

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