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Preview: Peterborough United

All you need to know ahead of today's Sky Bet League One clash...

30 December 2017 previews today's Sky Bet League One fixture against Peterborough United at Stadium MK.

Neilson’s side fell to their second defeat in a row on Boxing Day as Gary Sawyer's first-half goal sealed the three points for Plymouth Argyle. The Saturday prior to the clash MK Dons suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Rotherham United at the New York Stadium.

Chuks Aneke gave Robbie Neilson's side an early lead only before goals from Semi Ajayi and Will Vaulks sealed the win for the South Yorkshire outfit.

Heading into the final game of 2017, Neilson will be looking for nothing other than three points against Peterborough United.

Kick-off is at 3pm.

Having finished mid-table for the past three season, Peterborough were one of the most active Sky Bet League One clubs in this past summer's transfer window, paying undisclosed fees for QPR midfielder Michael Doughty and Luton Town striker Jack Marriot. Elsewhere, they once again recruited from the National League in the shape of Ricky Miller and Danny Lloyd from Dover and Stockport County respectively.

Their defensive line contains former Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor as well as Jonathan Bond who is currently amidst a loan spell from Reading at London Road. Having kicked off their season with four consecutive wins before a later run of two wins in 12, Grant McCann will be looking to guide his side to a play-off position come the end of the season.

Gary Saywer’s goal was the difference as MK Dons were beaten 1-0 by Plymouth Argyle at Stadium MK.

The defender sent a first-time shot past Lee Nicholls on 16 minutes - a goal which was enough for the travelling Pilgrims to take all three points and condemn the men from MK1 to their second successive loss.

Peterborough overcame fellow play-off hopefuls Bradford City 3-1 on Boxing Day - a result that lifted the Posh into sixth place.

Danny Lloyd opened the scoring for the Cambridgeshire-outfit before Jack Marriott's brace sealed the points for Peterborough. There was time for Paul Taylor to find the net against his former club, however, his goal was merely a consolation.

Robbie Neilson:  “It will be a tough game. They have been going very well recently and they have scored a lot of goals – they have a really strong front three. Although we’ve been going through a tough period, we are still positive. It’s a derby for the Club as well, so it’s important we put on a show.

Grant McCann: “We set a target of winning these five league games before the cup tie at Aston Villa and we have won three out of three, so our focus now turns to the fourth on Saturday. We played very well at Bradford and showed two sides of our game and that will be important.”

MK Dons will be without Callum Brittain who is continuing his rehabilitation process while Aidan Nesbitt will be hoping to make the clash after missing the previous two encounters with an ankle injury.

Elsewhere, Scott Golbourne will be hoping to recover from an illness that has seen him miss the defeats against Rotherham United and Plymouth Argyle.

Peterborough will be hoping to welcome back Jack Baldwin from injury after the defender missed the last two games due to a hamstring injury. 

Junior Morias is continuing his recovery process and has been an unused substitute in the last two Peterborough games, while the clash will come too soon for Gwion Edwards who is recovering following an ankle injury. 

Charles Breakspear will take charge of Saturday’s clash.

The Lancashire-born official has run the rule over 29 games this season and has produced 113 yellow and 10red cards this season.

The last time he oversaw the Dons meanwhile, was during their 1-0 win over Plymouth Argyle in September. That day he issued seven yellow cards and also dismissed Graham Carey 33 minutes into the tie.

Breakspear's assistant referees this weekend are Marc Wilson and Michael Webb while the fourth official is Sam Purkiss.

Dons wins: 9
Dons wins at Stadium MK: 4
Last Dons win: 4-0, 28 Jan, 2017 (London Road)
Biggest Dons win: 4-0, 28 Jan, 2017 (London Road)

Draws: 3
Draws at Stadium MK: 2
Last draw: 0-0, 20 Jan, 2009 (London Road)

Peterborough wins: 11
Peterborough wins at Stadium MK: 5
Last Peterborough win: 2-0, 12 Sep, 2017 (London Road)
Biggest Peterborough win: 4-0, 10 Mar, 2007 (London Road)

MK Dons win – 7/4
Draw – 5/2
Peterborough win – 7/5

First goalscorer
Chuks Aneke – 5/1
Kieran Agard – 5/1
Osman Sow – 5/1
No goalscorer – 12/1
Jack Marriott – 4/1
Ricky Miller – 6/1
Marcus Maddison – 13/2

Chuks Aneke to score first and a 2-2 draw – 55/1

Sky Bet tip
Chuks Aneke and Jack Marriott both to score – 5/1

*all odds correct at the time of writing

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



Tickets for Saturday's clash with Peterborough United are priced from £22 adults, £17 over-65s and under-21s, and £7 under-18s while under-12s go FREE* with a Young Dons (Plus) membership. Supporters can upgrade their seat to East Centre for £5 or to clubRed for £10.

What’s more, groups of 20 or more who book tickets in one transaction qualify for a discounted rate of £15 adults, £10 over-65s and £3 under-18s.

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 1-0 Peterborough United

Nine-man Dons pull off a stunning success...

30 December 2017

Nine-man MK Dons put in a mammoth home display to beat Peterborough United 1-0 and secure a massive three points.

The Dons had Joe Walsh sent off for a professional foul just nine minutes in but still managed to take the lead through Chuks Aneke’s right-footed effort.

Osman Sow was then dismissed for a high foot on 33 minutes but Robbie Neilson’s men were able to see out the remainder of the contest to record a memorable home victory.

Robbie Neilson made two changes from the side that was beaten 1-0 by Plymouth Argyle on Boxing Day. Scott Golbourne (hip) returned from a short spell on the sidelines while Ousseynou Cisse (knee) returned to the starting XI for the first time since 21st October. There was also a change in formation, with the Dons lining up 4-4-2.

Peterborough, who came into the game having won their last four matches in all competitions, started brightly and forced a corner just a minute in - a corner which was gathered by Lee Nicholls.

A chance for Sky Bet League One’s top scorer, Jack Marriott, arrived soon after but his strike was tame and Nicholls scooped up comfortably.

The Dons put together their first attacking move of the game in the sixth minute - a neat passing move down the left flank involving Osman Sow, Alex Gilbey and Scott Golbourne which resulted in the latter having a low cross cleared away.

Positive signs for Neilson and his men but they dealt a blow in the ninth minute when Joe Walsh was sent off for a professional foul on Jack Marriott. From a long ball forward, Marriott raced through on goal before drawing contact from Walsh and going down - referee Charles Breakspear deemed the foul worthy of a dismissal given that the Welshman was the last defender.

Eager to not let the decision affect their play, the Dons went straight on the attack after Marriott’s resulting free-kick sailed over the crossbar. They earned themselves a corner from which Cisse had a headed effort blocked and Ethan Ebanks-Landell fired a volley just wide of the target.

The Dons then created an even better opportunity to open the scoring on 17 minutes when Chuks Aneke sent Peter Pawlett free into the box. The Dons’ number 11 beat two Posh defenders inside the area but couldn’t keep his effort down when one-on-one with Jonathan Bond.

Looking to make their man advantage count, Posh threatened courtesy of forward Danny Lloyd, who stung the palms of Nicholls with a dipping volley. The Dons then went close through Sow and Pawlett, who were both denied in quick succession by Bond.

As they came crept towards the half-hour mark it was the home side, despite being down to 10 men, who were the more dominant and looked most likely to open the scoring.

They did just that with 27 minutes on the clock and it was talisman Aneke on the scoresheet. From a short corner, the forward collected a loose ball before rolling his man and drilling home his seventh goal of the season to give the Dons a deserved lead. 1-0.

Two minutes after falling behind, Anthony Grant wasted a half-decent opportunity for Posh, blazing over when well-placed from a Marcus Maddison free-kick.

What happened next left the Dons supporters and players inside Stadium MK furious as referee Breakspear produced his red card yet again to dismiss Osman Sow for a high boot despite the striker being well within his right to challenge for the ball.

Neilson had no choice but to put all nine of his outfield players and Nicholls behind the ball as they looked to see out the first half.

On 40 minutes, Michael Doughty curled a shot over the crossbar from 20-yards. Peter Pawlett then got in the way of a drive from Maddison before Aneke went close to bagging a dramatic second goal at the other end - his effort, however, was blocked.

The Dons successfully maintained their lead until half-time but when they returned they were without manager Neilson, who, during the interval, was ordered to watch the remainder of the game from the stands.
Posh saw a flurry of shots either blocked or sail over the crossbar early in the second half - the best of those chances coming on 57 minutes when Nicholls did well at his near post to keep out Lloyd’s low shot.

The Dons goalkeeper, who signed a two-year extension to his contract in midweek, then pulled off an even better stop to deny Maddison, whose 25-yard strike looked destined for the top left-hand corner.

Nicholls was at it again in the 61st minute, saving Marriott’s effort with his legs. From the resulting corner, Lloyd sent a low drive just wide of the left-hand upright.

The Dons continued to maintain their one-goal lead although Tafazolli threatened it with an effort from the edge of the area on 71 minutes which Nicholls saved and held.

Marriott sent a shot off target with a quarter of an hour remaining, just before Aneke was withdrew in place of Robbie Muirhead - the Dons’ goalscorer had clearly run himself into the ground.

Hearts were in mouths on 77 minutes when Maddison rattled the crossbar with a close-range shot but the Dons continued to hold firm. The Posh man also went close with a left-footed shot which grazed the right post on its way wide.

Nicholls was again on top form to get down and palm wide another long-range attempt from Maddison, as he and his defenders were able to see out the final exchanges - even despite nine minutes added time - to secure a morale-boosting success.

Starting XI: Nicholls; Williams, Ebanks-Landell, Walsh, Golbourne; Pawlett (Agard 84), McGrandles (Upson 84), Cisse, Gilbey (C); Aneke (Muirhead 76), Sow.

Unused subs: Sietsma, Wootton, Ariyibi, Seager.

Goal: Aneke (27)

Booked: Gilbey, Pawlett, Williams

Sent off: Walsh (9), Sow (33)

Referee: C Breakspear

Attendance: 10,304 (2,375)

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