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Preview: Oldham Athletic

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

13 February 2018

MK Dons visit Oldham Athletic’s SportsDirect.com Park this evening, eager to return to winning ways in Sky Bet League One.

Dan Micciche’s men looked on course to secure a crucial three points this past weekend courtesy of Ike Ugbo’s first-half strike but two late goals from Portsmouth saw the Hampshire outfit head home with the spoils.

While the result was disappointing, there were plenty of positives in Saturday’s performance that should give Micciche’s side confidence heading into this evening’s clash with the Latics.

The Dons sit three points behind tonight’s opponents in the Sky Bet League One table and a win at SportsDirect.com Park, due to goal difference, would see them climb above them. They could also close the gap on AFC Wimbledon and Blackpool, who sit just ahead.

Kick-off tonight is at 7.45pm.

Oldham go into this evening’s match on the back of two positive results and they, themselves, will be looking to move up the Sky Bet League One table by claiming a victory.

The Latics ended a run of nine games without a league win by defeating Bradford City 2-1 at SportsDirect.com Park 10 days ago. They followed that success up by holding promotion-contenders Blackburn Rovers to a 2-2 draw at Ewood Park.

Striker Duckens Nazon netted a brace in that draw with Blackburn and the double took Oldham’s season tally to an impressive 45 goals this campaign, which is bettered by only two sides outside the top six.

Richie Wellens men have, though, conceded a league-high 58 times in 2017/18 – 15 more than the Dons.

Two goals in the final 10 minutes of play from Portsmouth saw the Dons slip to a disappointing defeat at Stadium MK.

Micciche’s team led at the break courtesy of Ike Ugbo’s first goal for the Club – a first-time finish from close range after Kieran Agard’s effort was saved by Luke McGee.

The Dons looked good value for their advantage for much of the contest but Matt Clarke drew Pompey level with a header on 84 minutes. The side from the South Coast then earned all three points in stoppage time when Conor Chaplin sneaked in behind the defence to slot past Lee Nicholls.

Oldham built on their first league win in 10 games by sharing a point with third-placed Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park.

Duckens Nazon netted twice in the space of 12 first-half minutes to give the Latics a commanding lead at half-time however, Blackburn responded after the break and Charlie Mulgrew pulled one back with a 25-yard free-kick.

Then, with 19 minutes left to play, Rovers striker Adam Armstrong converted from a Bradley Dack cross to secure a draw for his side.

The Dons welcome back leading goalscorer Chuks Aneke following suspension – the forward was banned for three matches for the red card he received against Northampton Town.

Micciche, though, will have to wait to see whether any of his other absentees from the weekend will recover in time to face Oldham – Alex Gilbey, Elliott Ward, Marcus Tavernier and Osman Sow are the four that will be monitored.

Oldham will be without defender Wilfried Moimbe, who was sent off in Saturday’s draw with Blackburn.

Full-back Rob Hunt and striker Eoin Doyle are also absent for the Latics but Jonathan Benteke could feature.

Tom Nield will referee the Dons for the very first time tonight.

The EFL rookie has taken charge of 21 matches this season, including Oldham’s 1-0 defeat to Shrewsbury Town on New Year’s Day. In total, he has produced 52 yellow cards and made just two dismissals.

His assistant referees tonight are Richard Wigglesworth and Thomas Harty while the fourth official is Robert Lewis.

Dons wins: 11
Dons wins at SportsDirect.com Park: 5
Last Dons win: 1-0, 7 Feb 2017 (Stadium MK)
Biggest Dons win: 7-0, 20 Dec 2014 (Stadium MK)

Draws: 4
Draws at SportsDirect.com Park: 0
Last draw: 4-4, 21 Oct 2017 (Stadium MK)

Oldham wins: 6
Oldham wins at SportsDirect.com Park: 5
Last Oldham win: 3-1, 9 Feb 2013 (SportsDirect.com Park)
Biggest Oldham win: 3-0, 28 Aug 2004 (SportsDirect.com Park)

Result
Oldham win: EVENS
Draw: 12/5
Dons win: 11/4

First goalscorer
Craig Davies: 7/2
Duckens Nazon: 9/2
Aaron Holloway: 11/2
No goalscorer: 9/1
Chuks Aneke: 6/1
Kieran Agard: 6/1
Ike Ugbo: 7/1

Scorecast
Chuks Aneke to score first and MK Dons to win 2-1 – 45/1

Sky Bet tip
MK Dons to win and 7+ MK Dons corners – 11/1

All odds correct at the time of writing.

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Tickets for tonight's clash with Oldham Athletic are priced at £24 adults and £12 seniors, while under-18s go FREE.

Tickets can now only be bought from the turnstiles or main ticket office at SportsDirect.com Park.

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Report: Oldham Athletic 1-0 MK Dons

Dons beaten by Oldham at SportsDirect.com Park…

13 February 2018

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.

Chuks Aneke returned to the action following his three-game absence due to suspension. He was one of three new additions to the starting XI along with Robbie Muirhead and Ethan Ebanks-Landell.

Ebanks-Landell got in the way of an early chance for Oldham but it was Aneke who produced the first shot on target in the sixth minute, forcing a save out of Johny Placide with a right-footed shot inside the area.

Soon after, Aneke set up Muirhead, who curled an effort just wide of the left upright from the edge of the D.

Aneke was looking bright early on but in the 12th minute he went down with a non-contact injury - an injury which forced him off two minutes later. He was replaced by Kieran Agard.

The blow didn’t stop the Dons threatening the Oldham goal and a superb pass from Josh Tymon almost created an opening for George Williams inside the Latics box but Placide was able to claim at his feet.

Scott Wootton then went close with a header into the side netting after Placide got caught underneath a well-taken Muirhead free-kick.

Lee Nicholls was called into for the first time on 18 minutes, getting down to his right to palm away a drive from Ben Pringle. The loose ball fell to Craig Davies but he dragged his left-footed shot wide of the target.

The hosts then had a goal chalked off by the linesman - Kryan Bryan the man in an offside position when he headed in from Pringle’s free-kick.

Micciche’s men went straight on the attack after the resulting free-kick was taken and Ugbo had a goal-bound shot blocked. Moments later, Williams got free down the right and crossed for Agard who, after taking a touch, saw the ball cleared away off his toes by a defender.

On the half-hour mark, the Dons had a decent appeal for a penalty waved away by referee Tom Nield. Upson was the man who appeared to be fouled in the area but, instead of seeing his side awarded a spot-kick, he was booked for simulation by the official.

Despite having the better of the chances in the first half, it was Oldham who went into the break with the lead after captain Anthony Gerrard powered in a header from a corner on 41 minutes. 1-0.

The Latics went close to doubling their lead within a minute of the re-start but Duckens Nazon’s deflected attempt landed on the roof of the net. Dan Gardner then shot wide after the Dons failed to properly clear the resulting corner.

On 52 minutes, the Dons threatened with a free-kick delivered into the area by Muirhead. Ebanks-Landell got a touch to the ball in before Cisse hooked an effort over the crossbar.

Micciche introduced Tavenier on the hour and he was immediately involved, sending in a cross which was claimed by Placide just in front of a lurking Agard. Agard then broke into the Oldham area but was dispossessed by Bryan as he looked to cut back and pull the trigger.

The Dons pushed for an equaliser and Aidan Nesbitt was brought on to add to that threat. However he, nor his teammates, here able to trouble Placide in the closing stages resulting in a disheartening defeat.

Starting XI: Nicholls; Ebanks-Landell, Wootton (Nesbitt 82), Lewington (c); Williams, Upson (Tavernier 61), Cisse, Tymon; Muirhead, Ugbo; Aneke (Agard 14).

Unused subs: Sietsma, Brittain, Ward, McGrandles, Nesbitt.

Booked: Upson, Nesbitt, Ebanks-Landell.

Attendance: 3,381 (119 away)

Referee: T Nield

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