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Preview: Shrewsbury Town

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

9 December 2017

Robbie Neilson’s side return to Sky Bet League action this afternoon after a break to partake in both the Emirates FA Cup and the Checkatrade Trophy.

Neilson’s side firstly came from behind to overcome Maidstone United 4-1 in the Emirates FA Cup Second Round to set up yet another cup clash with Queens Park Rangers in the Third Round of the competition. Aidan Nesbitt, Peter Pawlett and a Kieran Agard brace secured the win over the non-league outfit for MK Dons.

Chelsea Under-21s meanwhile, fielded the likes of Michy Batshuayi, Kenedy and Charly Musonda en route to a 4-0 win over the men from MK1.

Neilson will be aiming to return to winning ways today and record a win over Shrewsbury Town prior to a busy Christmas period.

Kick-off is at 3pm.

Shrewsbury currently sit in second place in the Sky Bet League One table and under Paul Hurst, they’ve lost just three games this campaign.

Tipped by many as one of the favourites for relegation from League One this season, despite climbing off the foot of the table to successfully escape the drop with points to spare last term. Shrewsbury began their first full term under the management of Paul Hurst with three straight wins, and with a squad that was then boosted by three further additions ahead of the summer transfer window closing.

After going 15-games unbeaten at the start of the season, the Shropshire outfit are aiming to restore momentum after two consecutive Sky Bet League one defeats against Bury and Bradford City.

A brace from Belgian international Michy Batshuayi helped Chelsea Under-21s to a 4-0 victory at Stadium MK - a result which saw MK Dons exit the Checkatrade Trophy. Elsewhere on the score sheet were both Callum Hudson-Odoi and Charly Musonda. 

Lenell John-Lewis was instrumental in both of Shrewsbury’s goals as they made a second-half comeback to beat Port Vale 2-1 in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Town went behind inside a minute when Craig MacGillivray was beaten at his near post by a Christian Montano strike, but John-Lewis, who came on a half-time, set up Dodds for an equaliser and his shot was then bundled home by Shaun Whalley for Town’s second of the evening.

Robbie Neilson: "They have been in unbelievable form this season. They have some real momentum behind them and I am sure they will be looking to continue that”

Paul Hurst: “Having watched them [MK Dons] they seem to have spells in games where maybe they just switch off, but they also have some spells when they could have put games to bed and maybe they haven’t done that.

“They should have been out of sight at Doncaster for instance. Southend played well there but again they had their moments where they got on top of the game at one spell, so it will be a tough game.”

In his pre-match press conference, Robbie Neilson confirmed he’s hoping to involve Osman Sow in one way or another in this weekend’s tie against Shrewsbury. 

The Dons will be without Alex Gilbey (knee) and Ousseynou Cisse (knee) who are both involved in their rehabilitation programme, while Callum Brittain (thigh) is also likely to miss the fixture.

Winger Aidan Nesbitt will be assessed.

Ross Joyce takes charge of Saturday’s clash.

The Cleveland-born official, has ran the rule over 22 games this season, and has produced 91 yellow and one red cards this season. The last time he oversaw the Dons meanwhile, was during their 2-1 defeat against Millwall in March 2017.

Joyce’s assistant referees this weekend are Alix Pashley and Gregory Read while the fourth official is Michael Webb.

Dons wins: 5
Dons wins at Stadium MK: 3
Last Dons win: 2-1, 25 Apr, 2017 (Stadium MK)
Biggest Dons win: 3-0, 25 Aug 2007 (Stadium MK)

Draws: 4
Draws at Stadium MK: 0
Last draw: 0-0, 3 Aug 2013 (New Meadow)

Shrewsbury wins: 3
Shrewsbury wins at Stadium MK: 1
Last Shrewsbury win: 3-2, 12 Mar 2013 (Stadium MK)
Biggest Shrewsbury win: 3-2, 12 Mar 2013 (Stadium MK)

MK Dons win – 19/10
Draw – 11/5
Shrewsbury win – 6/4

First goalscorer
Chuks Aneke – 11/2
Kieran Agard – 11/2
Ryan Seager – 13/2
No goalscorer – 15/2
Stefan Payne – 4/1
Carlton Morris – 11/2
Lenell John-Lewis – 13/2

Kieran Agard to score first and MK Dons to win 2-1 – 35/1

Sky Bet tip
Draw at half-time MK Dons to win at full-time – 11/2

*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


Today's Sky Bet League One home fixture with Shrewsbury Town has been designated as the Aylesbury Big Day, meaning discounts for residents of the town.

As part of the Aylesbury Big Day offer, residents with a HP18 – HP23 postcode can purchase tickets at a discounted rate of £10 adults 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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Report: MK Dons 1-1 Shrewsbury Town

Dons denied victory by late equaliser...

9 December 2017

A stunning 85th-minute equaliser from Shaun Whalley denied MK Dons victory at Stadium MK.

Whalley found the top corner of the net late on to cancel out Peter Pawlett’s goal, forcing Robbie Neilson’s men to share the spoils with second-placed Shrewsbury Town.

Osman Sow made his long-awaited return from injury as one of seven changes made by Robbie Neilson from the side which played Chelsea Under-21s in midweek. The striker had been out of action for over seven weeks due to an ankle injury he suffered in the 1-1 draw with Walsall.

Willed on by a vocal home support, the Dons made a positive start with both Sow and Chuks Aneke looking lively up top.

However, neither they nor their opponents could muster a shooting chance in the opening 15 minutes of play - the closest either team came was a goalmouth scramble in the Dons’ penalty which eventually ended up in the arms of Lee Nicholls.

Neilson’s men had a sighter in the 17th minute when Peter Pawlett collected the ball near the edge of the Shrewsbury area. He played a ball through for Kieran Agard but the striker wasn’t able to keep it in play.

The first shot on target didn’t arrive until midway through the half when Alex Rodman cut onto his right foot and produced a save out of Lee Nicholls with a low, 18-yard drive. Nicholls could only parry the effort but fortunately for him and the Dons, Stefan Payne sent the loose ball over the crossbar.

James Bolton headed over from a James Nolan free-kick during a spell of Salop pressure around the half-hour mark.

The Dons then had the best chance of the half through Ethan Ebanks-Landell on 38 minutes - the centre-back did well to meet Scott Golbourne’s corner but his header was blocked on the line by a defender.

Agard followed that effort up with a fierce drive from the edge of the area which Dean Henderson did well to keep out. At the other end, Shaun Whalley saw a left-footed curler saved by Nicholls.

On 41 minutes, Neilson’s men produced one of the moves of the season which almost led to the opening goal. Pawlett and Aneke exchanged passes brilliantly en route to goal before the former teed up Sow, whose first-time effort was brilliantly tipped wide by Henderson.

Having ended the first half in positive fashion, the Dons made a bright start to the second period, earning a free-kick just two minutes in. However, they were’t able to truly trouble Henderson, who collected the ball in from Upson with relative ease.

Sow completed 55 minutes in his return from injury before being replaced by Sam Nombe - the Dons’ first substitution of the afternoon.

The young striker made an immediate impact too, playing a part as the men from MK1 took a 56th minute lead through Pawlett. Nombe found Aneke with a pass and the Dons’ number 10 did brilliantly to keep hold of the ball and find an unmarked Pawlett, who confidently slotted home his second goal in seven days. 1-0.

Shrewsbury saw a lot of the ball in the aftermath of the goal but the Dons did well to repel the crosses that were being sent into the area. They also looked dangerous on the counter attack, with Nombe willing to chase every ball delivered forward.

He won the Dons a corner on 70 minutes and from that, Agard came close to a chance. Pawlett delivered a ball in low towards the striker, who was just unable to gain control and get a shot away.

Nombe had another opportunity with a quarter of an hour to play but his effort was blocked. Pawlett also threatened after bursting into the area - his shot, from a tight angle, went into the side netting.

The Dons were looking as though they were on course for a huge three points but with five minutes to play, Shrewsbury pulled themselves level and there was nothing any home player could do about it. Whalley the man who grabbed the equaliser courtesy of a stunning 20-yard drive into the top left-hand corner. 1-1.

Whalley’s equaliser set up an end-to-end final few minutes. Pawlett came close to a second from Agard’s teasing cross while Williams got in the way of an effort from Rodman.

However, neither side were able to find a winner meaning the points were shared at Stadium MK.

Starting XI: Nicholls; Williams, Ebanks-Landell, Walsh, Golbourne; Agard (Ariyibi 90), Upson, McGrandles, Pawlett; Aneke; Sow (Nombe 55).

Unused subs: Sietsma, Wootton, Seager, Nesbitt, Thomas-Asante.

Goal: Pawlett (56)

Booked: Aneke, Upson

Attendance: 8,355 (492 away)

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