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Preview: Fleetwood Town

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

24 February 2018

MK Dons make the trip to Fleetwood Town this afternoon as they look to build upon Wednesday’s draw with Rochdale.

The Dons are still looking for their first win under Dan Micciche, however, they did pick up their first point under the new manager at The Crown Oil Arena on Wednesday night. The 0-0 draw stopped the rot of five consecutive defeats in as many games for the Dons and gives Micciche's side a much needed boost heading into today's clash.

The Dons currently occupy the third relegation spot, five points off safety, a gap the could be reduced to two points should the men from MK1 overcome Fleetwood Town.

Kick-Off is 3.00pm.

Fleetwood Town head into this afternoon's clash having lost their last eight competitive fixtures. After last Saturday's 3-0 defeat against Doncaster, Uwe Rosler was relieved of his duties with the North West club appointing John Sheridan earlier in the week.

Sheridan's job is simple - keep Fleetwood Town in Sky Bet League One. His takes over a squad that is full of experienced individuals including Cian Bolger, who was named in the Sky Bet League One Team of the Season last year. Elsewhere, Paddy Madden was added to the ranks in January and adds firepower alongside Jordi Hiwula and Ashley Hunter.

In defence, club legend Nathan Pond is still going strong while Lewie Coyle and Ashley Eastham are two notable names within the Football League. Midfielders Wes Burns and Kyle Dempsey are also a duo to keep your eyes on.

MK Dons put an end to their run of defeats by taking a point from their Sky Bet League One clash with Rochdale at the Crown Oil Arena.

Dan Micciche's men had chances to leave victorious but were denied by Josh Lillis and a stubborn Dale defence.

Fleetwood Town fell to an eight straight loss in all competitions on Tuesday night as they were beaten 2-1 by Portsmouth.

Goals either side of each half from Jamal Lowe and Oliver Hawkins gave Pompey a 2-0 lead, and despite Conor McAleny's late stunner – Town tasted the familiar feeling of defeat.

Dons trio Chuks Aneke, Osman Sow and Peter Paulette travelled up north on Thursday to join up and train with the rest of the squad.

Ed Upson remains unavailable as he serves the second game of his two-match suspension following his tenth booking of the season against Charlton. There is some good news for the Dons though, as Ethan Ebanks-Landell is once again available for selection.

Alex Gilbey [knee], Joe Walsh [knee] and Scott Golbourne [hip] remain sidelined long-term, with only the latter expected back before the end of the season.

Eddie Ilderton will referee the Dons this afternoon - he last officiated the Dons back in November during their 2-1 defeat with Doncaster.

The Tyne and Wear born-official has taken charge of 20 matches this season, in total, he has produced 59 yellow cards and six reds.

His assistant referees today are Gary Hilton and Paul Newhouse Taylor while the fourth official is Andrew Miller.

Dons wins: 4
Dons wins at Highbury: 42
Last Dons wins: 1-0, 11 Nov 2017 (Stadium MK)
Biggest Dons win: 1-4, 24 Sep 2016 (Highbury)

Draws: 0

Fleetwood wins: 1
Fleetwood wins at Highbury: 0
Last Fleetwood win: 1-0, 18 Feb 2017 (Stadium MK)
Biggest Fleetwood win: 1-0, 18 Feb 2017 (Stadium MK)

Result
Fleetwood win: 13/10
Draw: 11/5
Dons win: 11/5

First goalscorer
Paddy Madden: 4/1
Jordi Hiwula: 5/1
Ashley Hunter: 11/2
No goalscorer: 15/2
Kieran Agard: 6/1
Ike Ugbo: 7/1
Robbie Muirhead: 17/2

Scorecast
Kieran Agard to score first and MK Dons to win 2-1 – 45/1

Sky Bet tip
Draw at Half-Time and MK Dons to win at Full-Time – 45/1

All odds correct at the time of writing.

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Tickets for today's clash with Fleetwood Town are now ONLY available from Highbury Stadium and can be purchased from £22 adults, £17 seniors, £10 students/under-18s and £5 under-16s while under-5s go FREE. There is a £2 price increase for tickets in the seated section. 

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Report: Fleetwood Town 1-1 MK Dons

Robbie Muirhead's first-half goal not enough for Dan Micciche's men...

24 February 2018

Ashley Hunter’s well-taken second-half strike denied MK Dons three points at Highbury Stadium.

Dan Micciche’s men led from the 20th minute courtesy of Robbie Muirhead’s first goal of the season but Hunter struck early in the second half to earn his side a share of the spoils.

The result keeps the Dons 22nd in the Sky Bet League One table, five points adrift of safety.

Chuks Aneke returned to the starting XI as one of three changes to the Dons side. Muirhead and Callum Brittain also came in while Ethan Ebanks-Landell was back in the match day squad after serving his suspension.

The three new additions were involved early as the Dons worked their way into the Fleetwood box inside the opening minute. Aneke laid on for Brittain, whose first-time cross was almost met on the penalty spot by Muirhead.

Muirhead was able to get a shot away in the fourth minute as he produced a save out of Alex Cairns with a low drive from 20-yards out. The Dons’ number 16 started well and a few minutes later he went close to setting up Aneke after a driving run down the left - unfortunately, Aneke tripped his man while attempting to connect with the delivery.

Fleetwood’s first attempt on goal arrived on eight minutes as Conor McAleny sent a 25-yard drive over Lee Nicholls’ crossbar.

Soon after, the Dons put together another neat attack and had a decent penalty shout turned down when Ike Ugbo went down in the area after latching onto Brittain’s neat lay-off. The striker looked to be taking the ball around goalkeeper Cairns before being bundled over by a defender.

Micciche’s men were by far the better side in the opening exchanges and they were rewarded with a goal in the 20th minute. Cisse played a ball into the feet of Aneke, who teed up Muirhead first time. The Scotsman then took a touch before firing a low drive into the bottom corner of the net, giving his side the lead. 0-1.

Fleetwood almost produced an instant response but fortunately for the Dons, McAleny’s effort inside the area rattled the frame of the goal before bouncing away to safety. The hosts enjoyed a dominant spell after the goal and Nicholls kept his side ahead on 27 minutes with a strong diving save from Kyle Dempsey’s low effort.

The Dons goalkeeper produced an even better stop on the half-hour mark, as he got down quickly to tip Ashley Hunter’s close-range effort just wide of the right post.

His teammates responded and after a spell inside the Fleetwood half, Aneke forced Cairns into a save. Muirhead picked the striker out with a cross and he did well to create the chance with a defender draped all over him.

The Dons saw out their lead through to the break and started the second half on the front. Aneke went close to getting a head to Tymon’s cross on 48 minutes before the two combined again soon after in a move which resulted in Aneke having a close-range shot blocked.

Micciche’s side then put together an excellent attacking move on 53 minutes which resulted in Ugbo having a shot saved by the right foot of Cairns. It was a golden chance to double the lead and within 60 seconds they were made to pay as Hunter equalised for Fleetwood, curling past Nicholls from 25-yards out. 1-1.

The Dons, to their credit, fired straight back as they looked to restore their lead. Elliott Ward came within an inch of meeting Muirhead’s cross on 57 minutes. Tymon and Aneke then combined once again but the latter couldn’t trouble Cairns.

Cisse lifted a left-footed effort over the bar just past the hour mark before Brittain saw a deflected cross-turned-shot land on the roof of the net.

Fleetwood threatened from a 71st-minute corner but the Dons were able to eventually scramble the ball away. They then countered with Brittain, who sent a right-footed drive agonisingly wide of the far upright.
McAleny then dragged a shot wide for Fleetwood before being denied by another excellent stop from Nicholls, who got fingertips to his header to lift it over the bar.

Micciche brought on Kieran Agard with 13 minutes let to play while the Dons boss was forced to change Brittain later on after the youngster picked up a knock.

Nicholls was at it again with two minutes remaining, getting a hand to George Gledon’s curling attempt to keep it from finding the far corner. Muirhead then flashed a shot wide as the clash moved into stoppage-time.

Ashley Hunter went closest in the four additional minutes played, dragging a shot wide of the far post as the Dons were forced to settle for a second draw in as many games.

Starting XI: Nicholls; Wootton, Ward, Lewington (c); Cisse; Williams, Brittain (McGrandles 87), Muirhead, Tymon; Ugbo, Aneke (Agard 77).

Unused subs: Sietsma, Ebanks-Landell, Rasulo, Nesbitt, Thomas-Asante.

Goal: Muirhead (20)

Referee: E Ilderton

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