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Preview: Wigan Athletic

All you need to know ahead of today's clash at the DW Stadium…

7 April 2018

MK Dons will be looking to return to winning ways as they travel to promotion hopefuls Wigan Athletic this afternoon.

The Dons suffered their first defeat in four games five games last time out as they were defeated 2-1 by table toppers Blackburn Rovers at Stadium MK.

The men from MK1 put in a spirited second-half performance and were unfortunate to come away from the clash without a point. Micciche showed his tactical nous as he switched formation at the break, enabling his side to overload Rovers' defence numerous times.

The Dons can head to the North West with a spring in their step after taking Tony Mowbray's side to the final whistle as they look for a much-needed three points against Wigan Athletic.

Kick-off is at 3pm.

Heading into this Saturday's crucial clash, Wigan Athletic currently occupy third place in the Sky Bet League One Table. It seems their battle for automatic promotion with Blackburn Rovers and Shrewsbury Town will go right down to the wire as all three teams are separated by just two points.

Wigan fell to their first defeat in eight games on Monday evening as they suffered a 2-1 defeat away to Portsmouth. Paul Cook's side have tasted defeat just five times this season and will be hoping to secure a return to the Sky Bet Championship at the first time of asking.

Will Grigg will need to introduction to Dons' fans, the Northern Irish forward enjoyed a season on loan at Stadium MK, in which he scored 22 goals in 52 games. This year, he's found the back of the net 20 times in all competitions. Elsewhere for Wigan, Nick Powell has proven to be a danger with the former Manchester United man scoring 14 goals.

Despite a spirited second-half rally, MK Dons were beaten for the first time in five games courtesy of a 2-1 reverse at home to title-chasing Blackburn Rovers.

Dan Micciche's side trailed at the break courtesy of an Adam Armstrong brace but they pulled a goal back with 18 minutes to play through Peter Pawlett.

Pawlett, Ethan Ebanks-Landell and Chuks Aneke all went close in the final quarter of an hour, while the Dons also had two strong penalty appeals waved away, but they weren't able to beat Raya and, as a result, slipped back into bottom four on goal difference.

Wigan Athletic fell to their first defeat in eight Sky Bet League One matches as goals either side of half-time from Brett Pitman and Jamal Lowe earned Portsmouth a 2-1 win at Fratton Park.

Substitute Will Grigg got a late goal back for Latics but it wasn't to be enough despite a spirited fightback which saw Pompey goalkeeper Luke McGee make two incredible saves to deny Nick Powell and Grigg.

The Dons can welcome back Elliott Ward to the fold. The defender missed last Monday's clash with Blackburn due to terms of his loan deal.

Micciche confirmed in his pre-match press conference that both Josh Tymon and Marcus Tavernier returned to Stadium MK after undergoing rehab with their respective parent clubs, however, Saturday's clash will come too soon for the pair.

Osman Sow, Joe Walsh and Alex Gilbey remain sidelined.

Wigan manager Paul Cook has a fully-fit squad to chose from with Shaun MacDonald and Jordan Flores the only absentees.

Sebastian Stockbridge will oversee Saturday's clash with Wigan, it'll be the second time the Tyne official has officiated the Dons this season – his last their 1-0 defeat to Blackpool in August.

Mr Stockbridge has overseen 36 games this season issuing 120 yellow cards and six reds.

His assistant referees this afternoon are Darren Strain and Paul Thompson while the fourth official is Scott Oldham.

Dons wins: 0

Draws: 1
Draws at DW Stadium: 1
Last draw: 3-3, 04 Jan 2013 (DW Stadium)

Wigan wins: 2
Wigan wins at DW Stadium: 0
Last Wigan win: 1-0, 05 Aug 2017 (Stadium MK)
Biggest Wigan win: 3-1 (AET), 14 Jan 2014 (Stadium MK)

Dons win: 17/2
Draw: 18/5
Wigan win: 4/11

First goalscorer
Chuks Aneke: 9/1
Kieran Agard: 10/1
Robbie Muirhead: 12/1
Peter Pawlett: 14/1

Chuks Aneke to score first and the game to finish 1-1: 66/1

Both Teams To Score and Over 2.5 Goals in match: 7/4

*All odds correct at the time of writing

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Tickets for today's clash with Wigan Athletic can be bought at the DW Stadium ahead of kick-off.

Tickets are priced at £20 adults, £10 seniors, £8 under-18s and £5 under-11s while tickets for under-5s are just £2.

Sales on the turnstiles will be cash only but card payments will be accepted at the West Stand Ticket Office.

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Match Reports

Report: Wigan Athletic 5-1 MK Dons

Dons fall to heavy defeat in Greate

7 April 2018

Title-chasing Wigan Athletic scored three second-half goals to inflict a 5-1 defeat on MK Dons at the DW Stadium.

The Dons were in with a chance at the break after Callum Brittain’s strike reduced the deficit following Will Grigg’s early tap in and Ethan Ebanks-Landell’s own goal.

However, Powell headed past Nicholls 10 minutes into the second period before former Dons striker Grigg completed a hat-trick with two quick-fire goals, condemning Dan Micciche’s men to a heavy loss in Greater Manchester.

The defeat, and results elsewhere in Sky Bet League One, ensures the Dons remain inside the bottom four, one point adrift of safety.

Boss Micciche handed Scott Golbourne his first start since New Year’s Day as one of three changes made to the starting XI. Golbourne, who missed four months of football due to a hip injury, was joined in defence by the available-again Elliott Ward with Kieran Agard the other addition to the side.

Peter Pawlett earned the Dons an early free-kick after he was upended, 30-yards from goal, following a strong run through the middle of the park. Chuks Aneke took the set piece but cleared the crossbar with his right-footed attempt.

Wigan threatened for the first time in the sixth minute when Nick Powell got behind the Dons’ backline but the linesman on the far side of the field raised his flag for a foul before the Latics midfielder could produce a save out of Lee Nicholls.

The Dons then went up the other end and won themselves a corner from which Aneke had an effort blocked. Moments later, Christian Walton raced off his line to beat Agard to a through ball.

It was a positive start from Micciche’s men but they were punished for a lapse in concentration on 11 minutes when Michael Jacobs got free and latched onto Powell’s pass. Jacobs waited patiently in the area before picking out the on-rushing Grigg, who tapped into the net from close-range. 1-0.

Grigg’s goal awoke the hosts, who looked eager to make up for their shock defeat to Portsmouth on Monday evening.

They went close to making it two soon after but Jacobs curled wide from the edge of the area. Dean Lewington then got in the way of an effort from Powell before Nicholls pulled off a stunning reaction save to deny Grigg from point-blank range.

Wigan eventually doubled their tally on 23 minutes when Powell’s in-swinging cross was inadvertently turned into the net by the head of a diving Ebanks-Landell. 2-0.

That goal left the Dons with a mountain to climb - a mountain which was almost made even bigger on the half-hour mark by Gavin Massey, who fired just wide of the left upright from the edge of the area.

Had Kieran Agard’s touch been better he may have been in with a chance of reducing the deficit within a minute - the link-up play was good but the striker’s control from Aneke’s pass let him down.

Ed Upson then curled wide from the edge of the D but it was with their next attempt, on 35 minutes, that they pulled a goal back. Aneke was the provider for Brittain, who created space on the edge of the area with a dummy and then drilled a low right-footed shot past Walton. 2-1.

The Dons went close to levelling just moments later but, from Golbourne’s corner, an unmarked Ward couldn’t keep his header down. Aneke then forced Walton into a diving save, with the loose ball almost landing at the feet of the on-rushing Brittain inside the six-yard box.

With the final chance of the first half, Walton denied Aneke again - the Wigan stopper claimed the forward’s header from Golbourne’s cross.

Wigan started the second period on the front foot and five minutes in it took a block from Ward to prevent Grigg threatening Nicholls. From the loose ball, the former Dons man fired high above the crossbar.

Soon after, at the other end, Aneke latched onto a cross from Brittain but couldn’t generate enough power in his strike to trouble Walton.

Lewington then got in the way of a low drive from Max Power, who later conceded a free-kick for a foul on Aneke. The Dons’ number 10 got his head to the resulting delivery from Upson but Agard couldn’t connect with the pass at the far post.

On 55 minutes, Nicholls produced a strong diving save to prevent Powell’s effort from sneaking in at the near post. Powell did, though, get the better of the Dons’ goalkeeper two minutes later as he climbed well to meet Massey’s ball in and send a looping header across goal, into the far corner. 3-1.

Micciche introduced Robbie Muirhead from the bench with 64 minutes on the clock and his first involvement was to deliver a well-placed free-kick into the area. His cross was a good one but the Dons were unable to fashion a shooting opportunity.

Thomas-Asante also entered play from the bench and his early direct run forced Dan Burn to concede a corner from which Ward had a header blocked by a Wigan defender on its way to goal.

The Latics then made sure of their victory with 15 minutes remaining - Grigg the goalscorer, latching onto a lofted through pass and finding the net courtesy of a lobbed finish which hit the underside of the crossbar on its way in. 4-1.

Grigg completed his hat-trick 60 seconds later, sliding in at the far post to convert from Jacobs’ low cross. 5-1.

That completed the scoring on a bitterly disappointing afternoon for the Dons in the North West.

Starting XI: Nicholls; Ebanks-Landell, Ward, Lewington (c); Williams, Brittain, Upson, Pawlett (Ugbo 81), Golbourne (Muirhead 64); Aneke, Agard (Thomas-Asante 70).

Unused subs: Sietsma, Wootton, Reo-Coker, Cisse.

Goal: Brittain (35)

Booked: Golbourne, Agard, Upson

Attendance: 8,404 (333 away)

Referee: S Stockbridge

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