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Preview: Maidstone United

All you need to know ahead of today’s Emirates FA Cup Second Round clash...

2 December 2017

Robbie Neilson’s side will be looking to return to winning ways as they host Maidstone United in the Second Round of the Emirates FA Cup.

Neilson was looking to complete an unbeaten month as his side headed to Doncaster Rovers last Saturday and were on course to do so after Chuks Aneke’s early goal gave Dons the lead. A spirited second-half performance from Darren Ferguson’s side, however, saw the Yorkshire outfit take the three points.

Neilson will be looking to bounce back and guide his side into the Third Round of the Emirates FA Cup.

Kick-off is at 3pm.

Maidstone United currently occupy 10th place in the Vanarama National League table just five points off the play-off positions. Jay Saunders will be looking to guide his side into the EFL come the end of the season for the first time in the club's history.

Boasting the likes of Alex Finney, Zavon Hines and Jamar Loza, who all have Football League experience, Saunders has built a hard-working, determined team during his time at the Gallagher Stadium.

A second-half comeback from Doncaster Rovers saw MK Dons fall to their first defeat in six matches.

Chuks Aneke gave Robbie Neilson’s side the lead after just three minutes at the Keepmoat Stadium but second-half goals from John Marquis and Matty Blair saw the hosts claim all three points.

Meanwhile, Maidstone United were comprehensively defeated 4-0 by Tranmere Rovers. James Norwood found the back of the net twice with Andy Cook and Oliver Norburn also scoring.

In the first round of the Emirates FA Cup, the Kent-based outfit overcame Sky Bet League Two side Cheltenham Town 4-2, with Joe Pigott, Zavon Hines and a brace from Delano Sam York securing the win.

Robbie Neilson: “This is a very important round for every team in the competition. You can progress into the Third Round of the Emirates FA Cup and then you’ve obviously got the opportunity to play a big team and have the chance to go and create an upset.

"First and foremost we have to focus on Saturday’s game and not look that far ahead. We play a difficult team on Saturday who have got some really experienced players and definitely have goals within that team.”

Jay Saunders: “I’m looking forward to it - for us it comes at a good time. We can go there and enjoy it, have a free shot at MK Dons and hopefully put in a performance like we did against Cheltenham.

"Hopefully, we can take a good crowd to Milton Keynes - it’s a good stadium and we’re really looking forward to it.”

The Dons are still without Osman Sow (ankle) and Ousseynou Cisse (knee) due to injury, although the former has returned to light training.

Maidstone United will put both Josh Hare and Alex Wynter through a late fitness test ahead of today's clash, while Oliver Muldoon will be looking to be involved.

Elsewhere, Seth Nana Twumasi will miss the tie after his sending off in the First Round of the competition. 

Martin Coy will referee this afternoon's fixture at Stadium MK.

Mr Coy has been involved within the professional game since 2013 and during that time he is yet to oversee a fixture involving MK Dons.

The Durham-born official has so far this season officiated 16 games and has produced 30 yellow cards and three reds.

The assistant referees are Callum Walchester and Garry Maskell while the fourth official is Mark Pottage.

There have been no previous meetings between the two sides.

MK Dons win – 1/2
Draw – 16/5
Maidstone United win – 11/2

First goalscorer
Chuks Aneke – 7/2
Kieran Agard – 7/2
Ryan Seager – 9/2
No goalscorer – 12/1
Joe Pigott – 8/1
Zavon Hines – 8/1
Jamar Loza – 10/1

Kieran Agard Aneke to score first and Dons to win 3-1 – 30/1

Sky Bet tip
Both Teams to Score and Over 3.5 Goals in the match – 5/2

*all odds correct at the time of writing

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Supporters living outside the UK will be unable to watch the match live on iFollow due to international broadcasting rights.

You can, however, listen to live commentary on iFollow MK Dons – click HERE to sign up to iFollow MK Dons for as little as £4.49 a month. 

Supporters can also stay in touch with the Dons via’s Match Centre, which can be accessed by visiting the home page from 1pm.

There will also be full coverage on the Club’s social media channels – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat!

A full match report will be available to view on straight after the final whistle


Tickets for today's Emirates FA Cup Second Round tie with Maidstone United are priced from £12 adults,£5 under-18s and just £1 for under-12s, with upgrades available to East Centre and clubRed.

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

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Match Reports

Report: MK Dons 4-1 Maidstone United

Robbie Neilson's men into the Third Round...

2 December 2017

MK Dons scored four second-half goals to beat Maidstone United at Stadium MK and progress through to the Third Round of the Emirates FA Cup.

Maidstone led at the break courtesy of Magnus Okuonghae’s tap in but winger Aidan Nesbitt drew the Dons level with a fine finish nine minutes into the second half.

Kieran Agard then came off the bench to score twice before fellow substitute Peter Pawlett put the seal on a comprehensive victory with a late goal - his first for the Football Club.

Boss Robbie Neilson made three changes from the side which faced Doncaster Rovers.

One of those three additions was Gboly Ariyibi and he fired in the first effort of the tie after just two minutes - a left-footed drive from 25-yards out which was blocked by a defender on its way towards goal.

The Dons’ number 7 followed up with another effort on six minutes - this one dragged wide of the right post from the edge of the area.

Ariyibi continued his strong start to the contest and had a shot deflected into the side netting on 18 minutes after getting behind his marker in the penalty area.

The winger on loan from Nottingham Forest was enjoying his time down the right-hand side and a superb run down the wing in the 22nd minute, which saw him beat three Maidstone defenders, provided another shooting chance - this one, lifted over the crossbar.

Midway through the first half, Maidstone created their first opportunity on goal. Pigott did well to hold the ball up before finding Zavon Hines, whose strike was deflected wide.

From the resulting corner, Jai Reason produced a save out of Lee Nicholls and the loose ball fell kindly to Magnus Okuonghae, lurking in the six-yard box, who side-footed home to give his side a shock lead. 0-1.

Chuks Aneke drilled wide from a tight angle as the Dons went in search of an immediate response. Stones striker Delano Sam-Yorke then sent a shot over the bar from the edge of the D.

A better chance for the Dons to level arrived with eight minutes to play in the half. Aneke worked his way into the area and picked out the lively Ariyibi but the wide man’s effort was saved by Worgan.

Seager and Upson then combined well on a quick break forward but the former’s shot was deflected up in the air and into the arms of the Stones goalkeeper.

On the stroke of half-time, Pigott found himself well-placed in the Dons’ penalty area but took too long with his decision-making and his eventual effort was blocked by Ethan Ebanks-Landell.

Hines also went close in first-half stoppage time but, after latching onto Sam-Yorke’s pull-back, he blazed over.

There were no changes made by Neilson at the break, with the Scotsman trusting his 11 on the field to find a way back into the match.

That faith was almost rewarded straight from kick-off after Aneke got in behind the Maidstone defence. His shot was saved by Worgan and although the ball fell kindly for an on-rushing Upson, the midfielder couldn’t keep his first-time effort down, firing over via the crossbar.

Upson was denied again soon after, this time by a superb stop from the Maidstone keeper, but there was little Worgan could do in the 54th minute as he was beaten by a left-footed drive from Nesbitt, which nestled in the far corner of the net and restored parity at Stadium MK. 1-1.

The Dons’ tails were now up and Ebanks-Landell threatened the Stones goal from a Nesbitt corner on 56 minutes - the defender was first denied by Worgan before sending the follow-up shot into the side netting.

In the 63rd minute, Neilson brought Agard off the bench and the striker’s introduction had the desired impact.

Within seconds of coming on the field, he got himself on the scoresheet - tapping home after Upson’s initial effort was parried by Worgan. 1-2.

The striker wasn’t done there, though, as on 70 minutes he doubled his tally with an excellent right-footed shot which went across Worgan and in off the far post. 1-3.

Agard’s double completed a spirited turnaround from the Dons, who pressed on for more goals in the final quarter of the match.

With 77 minutes on the clock, McGrandles placed a right-footed shot just wide of the far post after the midfielder created the opening with an excellent run down the right.

The Dons then saw a decent penalty appeal waved away in the 83rd minute - Scott Golbourne’s cross looked to have clearly struck the arm of Josh Hare but referee Martin Coy was unmoved.

Peter Pawlett was introduced late by Neilson and it was the winger who capped off a superb second-half by finding the net at the second attempt.

The goal was his first for the Football Club and it also made absolutely sure of the Dons’ place in the Third Round draw, which will take place on Monday evening.

Starting XI: Nicholls; Williams, Ebanks-Landell (Walsh 70), Wootton, Golbourne; Ariyibi, Upson, McGrandles, Nesbitt (Pawlett 80); Aneke; Seager (Agard 63).

Unused subs: Sietsma, Muirhead, Nombe, Thomas-Asante.

Goals: Nesbitt (54), Agard (64, 70), Pawlett (88)

Attendance: 4,804 (1,541 away)

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Maidstone Utd tickets - book now for Emirates FA Cup tie!

Date still to be confirmed for Second Round clash...

10 November 2017

Tickets for the Emirates FA Cup Second Round tie against Maidstone United are now on sale.

Robbie Neilson’s men will entertain the Stones at Stadium MK over the weekend of 1st-4th December – a date and kick-off time has yet to be confirmed.

However, tickets are now on sale priced from £10 adults, £3 under-18s and £1 under-12s for Season Ticket holders, if bought before 5pm on Friday 1st December.

General sale prices start at £12 adults, £5 under-18s and £1 under-12s, with upgrades to East Centre and clubRed available.

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

Full ticket details:
Season Ticket holders
MK1, East Centre
Adults: £10
Under-18s: £3
Under-12s: £1

Adults: £15
Under-18s: £5
Under-12s: £5

Season Ticket holder discount is available until 5pm on Friday 1st December. Season Ticket holders with seats in the areas that aren’t affecting by closures (detailed below) have until 5pm on Friday 24th November to reserve their seats.

General sale
Adults: £12
Under-18s: £5
Under-12s: £1

East Centre
Adults: £12
Under-18s: £6
Under-12s: £1

Adults: £20
Under-18s: £8
Under-12s: £5

The following aisles will be closed for this fixture: 1,2,7,8,9,10,11,15,16,17,18 and 19.

There is no members discount for this fixture.

To book tickets click HERE, visit the Box Office at Stadium MK or call 0333 200 5343.

Tickets will be available to buy right up until kick-off.

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