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25 November 2017 Venue The Keepmoat Stadium Attendance

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Preview: Doncaster Rovers

All you need to know ahead of Saturday’s Sky Bet League One fixture...

24 November 2017

MK Dons will be looking to stretch their unbeaten run to six games when they take on Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The men from MK1 have won three of their last five matches in all competitions and will be hoping to maintain that good form against the Rovers, as they look to continue their climb back up the Sky Bet League One table.

Robbie Neilson’s side are currently seven five points adrift of the top six, in 13th place, but would likely close that gap by taking three points this weekend.

Avoiding defeat would complete an unbeaten month for Robbie Neilson.

Kick-off is at 3pm.

Doncaster currently sit in 18th place in the Sky Bet League One table following automatic promotion to the division last season.

Darren Ferguson’s outfit, who sit four points below the men from MK1, are without a win in their last three Sky Bet League One games after sharing the spoils with Rotherham United and Fleetwood Town before suffering a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Wigan Athletic.

The Rovers have proved this season that they are tough to beat in front of their own fans. Ferguson’s side have conceded just 12 goals at home in nine games, meanwhile, they have lost just one of their previous four matches at the Keepmoat Stadium.

MK Dons shared the spoils with Southend United on Tuesday night, with Kieran Agard on target once again from the penalty spot.

Josh Wright missed an early penalty for the Shrimpers, who then took a first-half lead through Stephen McLaughlin's terrific long-range effort.

However, the man who rescued a point against Charlton Athletic - Agard - once again showed his composure to convert a 76th-minute spot-kick in front of the Cowshed, making it five unbeaten for Robbie Neilson's side.

Rovers were beaten for the first time in six games with defeat against Wigan Athletic.

Ryan Colclough’s double either side of the interval and a Michael Jacobs effort sealed all three points for the home side.

Robbie Neilson: “We’ve had a decent run so far. Obviously, we’d like to have picked up a few more points but to go five unbeaten is good very good. It’s a big, big game on Saturday and we can finish off a good month with three points against Doncaster.

"We know it’ll be a tough game at a good stadium with a great atmosphere and we’re going there to put in a good performance and hopefully take three points.” 

Darren Ferguson: “We’ll have to be aggressive and on the front foot, MK Dons have been inconsistent, much like ourselves but they are a good footballing side, so it’ll be tough, but the main thing is getting the three points.”

The Dons welcome back George Williams, Ethan Ebanks-Landell and Ed Upson from suspension, however, Neilson is still without both Osman Sow (ankle) and midfielder Ousseynou Cissé (knee).

Andy Williams is unavailable to Doncaster this weekend after the striker suffered an ankle injury in the defeat against Wigan Athletic

Eddie Ilderton takes charge of Saturday’s clash.

The Tyne & Wear official, has ran the rule over 12 games this season, and has produced 33 yellow and five red cards this season. The last time he oversaw the Dons meanwhile, was during their 1-0 win over Coventry City in March 2017.

Ilderton’s assistant referees tonight are Helen Byrne and Lee Freeman while the fourth official is Ryan Johnson.

Dons wins: 2
Dons wins at The Keepmoat: 0
Last Dons win: 3-0, 21 Apr 2017 (Stadium MK)
Biggest Dons win: : 3-0, 21 Apr 2017 (Stadium MK)

Draws: 3
Draws at The Keepmoat: 3
Last draw: 0-0, 25 Oct 2014 (The Keepmoat)

Doncaster wins: 3
Doncaster wins at The Keepmoat: 1
Last Doncater win: 3-2, 10 Dec 2005 (Stadium MK)
Biggest Doncaster win: 3-0. 26 Dec 2004 (Stadium MK)

Result
Doncaster win – 5/6
Draw – 12/5
Dons win – 7/2

First goalscorer
Chuks Aneke – 6/1
Kieran Agard – 6/1
Gboly Ariybi – 17/2
No goalscorer – 17/2
John Marquis – 4/1
Liam Mandeville – 11/2
Alfie Beestin – 6/1

Scorecast
Kieran Agard to score first and MK Dons to win 2-1 – 60/1

Sky Bet tip
MK Dons to win and Both Teams to Score – 17/2

*all odds correct at the time of writing

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Tickets for Saturday's clash with Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium can now only be bought from the turnstiles ahead of kick-off, priced at £21 adults, £13 under-22s, £17 seniors, £8 under-18s and £5 under-12s.

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Report: Doncaster Rovers 2-1 MK Dons

Defeat for Dons in South Yorkshire...

25 November 2017

A second-half comeback from Doncaster Rovers saw MK Dons fall to their first defeat in six matches.

Chuks Aneke gave Robbie Neilson’s side the lead after just three minutes at the Keepmoat Stadium but second-half goals from John Marquis and Matty Blair saw the hosts claim all three points.

Neilson made four changes to the side who drew 1-1 with Southend United in midweek. George Williams, Ethan Ebanks-Landell and Ed Upson all returned from suspension while there was also a start for Peter Pawlett.

The Dons went into the afternoon unbeaten in their last five matches in all competitions and they made the ideal start in trying to extend that run, with Chuks Aneke firing them into a lead after just three minutes.

Williams delivered a cross in from the right which made it through to the Dons’ number 10, who controlled the ball on his chest before drilling into the bottom left corner from the edge of the area. 0-1.

The ideal start for Robbie Neilson’s side, who could have had themselves a two-goal lead on 11 minutes but the ball was just nicked off the toes of the in-form Kieran Agard as he lined up a volley from inside the D.

The Dons earned themselves a free-kick shortly after that chance following a foul on Conor McGrandles. Upson took it and his low effort produced a diving save out of Ian Lawlor in the Rovers goal.

Two minutes later, Lawlor came up with another diving stop to deny Aneke and that was followed by efforts from Pawlett and Gilbey, both of which were blocked. The latter then saw a right-footed strike clip the crossbar with Lawlor beaten.

It was all Dons in the opening 15 minutes, with the only effort on goal from Doncaster coming from the right boot of Niall Mason - his low effort was saved by Nicholls.

On 23 minutes, after some more good football in the Rovers half, Scott Golbourne went agonisingly close to registering his first Dons goal with a first-time strike which cannoned off the inside of the right post.

Aneke then had the ball in the net from Pawlett’s cross on 25 minutes but was denied by the assistant referee’s flag. Williams’ low cross was met by Pawlett whose effort was saved. He tried his best to keep the ball in play to set up Aneke but wasn’t able to in the eyes of the lineswoman.

The men from MK1 continued their dominance and Upson sent a long-range effort over the bar on 32 minutes - an ambitious strike but one which epitomised the confidence with which the Dons were displaying in their performance.

With five minutes remaining in the first half, the Dons saw a decent appeal for a penalty waved away by the referee. From Upson’s free-kick, Chuks Aneke was dragged down at the far post - a foul which was given against the Dons against Southend in midweek but not awarded in their favour on this occasion.

At the start of the second half, Doncaster had a free-kick of their own which Ben Whiteman took. The Rovers man beat the wall but couldn’t find a way past Nicholls in the Dons goal.

Ebanks-Landell then got in the way of a fierce strike from John Marquis as the hosts began to test the Dons’ resistance for the first time all afternoon. From the resulting corner, Marquis made Rovers’ second-half dominance count, heading home after the Dons failed to clear the initial delivery in from the right. 1-1.

Aneke blazed a left-footed shot wide three minutes later as the Dons went in search of restoring their lead before Whiteman forced a save out of Nicholls from the edge of the D in the 63rd minute.

Agard, who came into the game with three goals in his last two outings, found himself with a great chance to extend that scoring un on 67 minutes but his header from McGrandles’ cross was brilliantly saved by Lawlor.

The Dons looked like they had rode the storm from their hosts but with 20 minutes to play they found themselves chasing an equaliser rather than a winner after substitute Matt Blair broke through the defence and slotted past Nicholls. 1-2.

Neilson’s men had quarter of an hour to rescue something from the contest so Ryan Seager, Brandon Thomas-Asante and Aidan Nesbitt were all introduced in hopes of inspiring a comeback.

In the 75th minute, Pawlett forced a save out Lawlor with a low drive before substitute Seager did brilliantly to deny James Coppinger at the other end of the field.

Williams headed over a Golbourne corner with seven minutes to play, with Nesbitt also going close in regulation time.

The Dons then threw men forward in stoppage time but weren’t able to fashion a goalscoring chance before the final whistle brought an end to a disappointing afternoon.

Starting XI: Nicholls; Williams, Ebanks-Landell, Wootton, Golbourne; McGrandles (Nesbitt 79), Upson (Seager 73); Gilbey, Aneke, Pawlett; Agard (Thomas-Asante 73).

Unused subs: Sietsma, Brittain, Walsh, Ariyibi.

Goal: Aneke (3)

Booked: Ebanks-Landell, Nesbitt, Gilbey

Attendance: 7,743 (268 away)

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