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Preview: Charlton Athletic

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

17 February 2018

MK Dons welcome Charlton to Stadium MK this aftern as they look to return to winning ways in Sky Bet League One.

Dan Micciche’s men suffered their fourth defeat in as many games on Tuesday night as they fell to a 1-0 defeat away to Oldham Athletic. Prior to the clash at the SportsDirect.com Park, MK Dons tasted defeat against Portsmouth, Walsall, and Coventry respectively.

The Dons currently occupy the third relegation spot, sit six points off safety, but do hold two games in hand.

Kick-off is at 3.00pm.

Beginning the current campaign with five wins from the first six League games, a winless run of eight League games at the end of 2017 resulted in Charlton slipping out of the top six as the New Year arrived, three wins.

Two draws and just one loss in their last six games means that the Addicks arrive at Stadium MK today just one place and two points off the final play-off berth currently held by Bradford City.

Hit by injuries throughout the campaign, influential forward Billy Clarke going down with a season ending injury in late December, Robinson then saw short-term signing Leon Best fall by the injury wayside before Arsenal loanee Stephy Mavididi scored two in his first four games before then suffering a hamstring injury that will sideline him for the next few weeks.

Robinson's side next face Shrewsbury and AFC Wimbledon as they look to secure promotion back to the Sky Bet Championship come the end of the season.

Anthony Gerrard’s first-half header was the difference on a difficult night for MK Dons at SportsDirect.com Park.

The Latics captain headed his side in front just before half-time and despite seeing the ball for long periods of the contest, Dan Micciche’s men were unable to break down their opponents in tough conditions and earn themselves a share of the spoils.

Tuesday’s result leaves the Dons 22nd in the Sky Bet League One table, six points adrift of safety although still with those two games in hand.

Despite leading 1-0 Charlton recorded their ninth draw of the season on Tuesday night as a late Tyrell Robinson goal resulted in a share of the spoils.

The Dons are without Alex Gilbey who will miss the remainder of the season after having knee surgery. Chuks Aneke and Peter Pawlett will both be put through a late fitness test ahead of the clash. Ethan Ebanks-Landell is suspended for this afternoon's clash after picking up his tenth booking of the season against Oldham.

Micciche welcomed back Aidan Nesbitt to the fold on Tuesday night, while there was a spot on the bench for Elliott Ward during the Oldham defeat.

Charlton defender Jason Pearce could be back in contention this afternoon - the 30-year-old played 70-minutes for the Under-23s as he looks to up his rehabilitation process. 

Roger East will referee the Dons today - the Premier League veteran has taken charge of 12 Premier League games this season.

The Wiltshire-official rookie has taken charge of 21 matches this season, in total, he has produced 68 yellow cards and made just two dismissals.

His assistant referees this afternoon are Richard West and Adrian Holmes while the fourth official is John Busby.

Dons wins: 4
Dons wins at Stadium MK: 3
Last Dons win: 2-0, 04 Apr 2017 (Stadium MK)
Biggest Dons win: 2-0, 04 Apr 2017 (Stadium MK)

Draws: 4
Draws at Stadium MK: 1
Last draw: 2-2, 18 Nov 2017 (The Valley)

Charlton wins: 6
Charlton wins at Stadium MK: 3
Last Charlton win: 1-0, 26 Dec 2016 (Stadium MK)
Biggest Charlton win: 5-1, 14 Nov 2009 (The Valley)

Result
Dons win: 23/10
Draw: 12/5
Charlton win: 23/20

First goalscorer
Kieran Agard: 11/2
Ike Ugbo: 13/2
Robbie Muirhead: 15/2
No goalscorer: 9/1
Josh Magennis: 5/1
Nicholas Ajose: 11/2
Michal Zyro: 6/1

Scorecast
Ike Ugbo to score first and MK Dons to win 2-1 – 45/1

Sky Bet tip
MK Dons to win and over 2.5 Goals in the game – 9/2

All odds correct at the time of writing.

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

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Tickets for today's clash with Charlton at the Stadium MK are priced at £22 adults, £17 seniors/under-21s, £8 for under-18s, meanwhile, under-12s go FREE with a Young Dons membership.

To book tickets click HERE, visit the Box Office at Stadium MK/cash-only ticket booths or call 0333 200 5343.

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

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Report: MK Dons 1-2 Charlton Athletic

Dons beaten by the Addicks...

17 February 2018

Goals from Charlton Athletic pair Ahmed Kashi and Josh Magennis saw MK Dons defeated at Stadium MK.

Kashi struck from 30-yards to open the scoring before Magennis doubled the visitors lead with a header 15 minutes into the second half.

Kieran Agard pulled one back just a minute later but they weren’t able to build on the goal, eventually slipping to another frustrating defeat.

Dan Micciche made four changes to the side which lost 1-0 at Oldham Athletic in midweek. Elliott Ward came into the starting XI along with Callum Brittain, Conor McGrandles and Kieran Agard.

The Dons made a positive start. Agard burst through into the Charlton area inside the minute but his cross for Ike Ugbo was blocked. Brittain then got free down the right flank but his delivery was gathered by Ben Amos.

Micciche’s men got through again on six minutes, this time with Josh Tymon, whose low cross was palmed away by Amos.

The Dons were having a lot of joy early on but despite their dominant start they fell behind in the 10th minute courtesy of a stunning strike from Ahmed Kashi, who found the net from 30-yards out. 0-1.

Having conceded against the run of play, the Dons looked to get back on level terms as soon as possible. There was a half chance for Agard on 14 minutes but the striker wasn’t able to truly threaten Amos with a right-footed shot inside the area.

The Dons’ next threat came when Robbie Muirhead delivered a free-kick into the area - Charlton, though, were able to deal with the danger. At the other end, Reeves tried his luck at doubling the Addicks’ advantage but his left-footed curler was blocked on its way to goal by Ward.

A great opportunity fell the way of Charlton defender Patrick Bauer on the half-hour mark but he headed over from Reeves’ cross. Bauer had another headed chance four minutes later - this looping effort was gathered on the line by Lee Nicholls.

Just before the break, Reeves let fly with a left-footed effort from distance which Nicholls watched wide of his upright - the final shot of a disappointing first-half.

Micciche replaced McGrandles with Ed Upson at the break and his side started the second half well. It was the Addicks, though, who would have register the first attempt of the half - a right-footed strike from Joe Aribo which cannoned off the outside of the right post.

The Dons responded through Ugbo, who forced Amos into a save with a header from close-range. A goal wouldn’t have stood, however, as referee Roger East spotted a foul by Cisse in the build-up.

Brittain then went mightily close on 57 minutes with a left-footed volley from Cisse’s cross which Amos kept out. The Charlton keeper did well, after, to gather the loose ball before Ugbo could pounce.

Just as it appeared the Dons were clawing themselves back into the game, Charlton doubled their lead through Josh Magennis, who headed in at the far post from Jake Forster-Caskey’s cross. 0-2.

Magennis’ finish left Micciche’s men with it all to do in the final half an hour but they didn’t take long to pull a goal back. Less than 60 seconds after conceding, the Dons earned themselves a corner from which a Muirhead delivery was flicked on by Williams to a lurking Agard, who headed home. 1-2.

Willed on by a now buoyant Stadium MK crowd, the Dons pushed forward in search of an equaliser.

There as a chance for Ugbo on 65 minutes but his effort was blocked by a sliding defender inside the box. Muirhead also went close with a first-time shot which was saved by Amos.

Forster-Caskey threatened a third Charlton goal with five minutes let to play, sending a fierce drive just wide of the right post. The Addicks then had a glorious opportunity to secure victory in the 88th minute but Magennis was denied by a strong right-hand from Nicholls.

The Dons pushed and pushed in the closing stages but they weren’t able to create a chance of note, leaving them still six points adrift of safety in Sky Bet League One.

Starting XI: Nicholls; Williams, Ward, Lewington (C); Brittain, McGrandles (Upson 46), Cisse (Nesbitt 61), Muirhead (Rasulo 86), Tymon; Ugbo; Agard.

Unused subs: Sietsma, Wootton, Jackson, Thomas-Asante.

Goal: Agard (62)

Booked: Upson

Attendance: 8,961 (1,194 away)

Referee: R East

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