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03 November 2017 Venue Ewen Fields Attendance

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Preview: Hyde United

All you need to know ahead of tonight's Emirates FA Cup tie...

3 November 2017 previews tonight's fixture against Hyde United as the Dons look to return to winning ways and progress into the Second Round of the EmirateFA Cup at Ewen Fields.

Robbie Neilson's side enter this evening's tie without a win in their last five league games. The competition, however, provides a welcomed distraction from Sky Bet League One football and could inject the winning feeling back into the side.

In terms of their away form, the Dons have won two of their last four games on the road, keeping clean sheets in the wins over AFC Wimbledon and Bury respectively.

Kick-off is at 7:55pm.

Hyde United enter the cup tie looking to extend their unbeaten run to five games.

Although the Tigers currently sit fifth in The Evo-Stik North table, they are yet to lose a league game. They’ve also made a name for themselves for the number of goals they’ve scored this season, finding the back of the net 36 times in 17 games.

Darren Kelly’s side are appearing in the First Round proper for the first time in 23 years and for only the fourth time since the forming after the First World War. They’ve had to go through four qualifying stages to reach the First Round beating the likes of Scarborough, Boston Town and Warrington in the process.

The Dons will be looking to return to winning ways after they suffered a 2-0 defeat away to Bristol Rovers last weekend.

After an evenly-contested first-half at the Memorial Stadium, goals from Tom Nichols and Rory Gaffney in the second-half sealed the points for Rovers.

Meanwhile, Hyde United overcame Goole 4-1 thanks to goals from Harry Coates, Luke Porritt, Phattharaphol Khamsuk and James Burke.


Robbie Neilson: “I’m really looking forward to it - I think it’ll be a really good game. They’ve sold out all of their tickets, it’s on a Friday night, it’s on the TV and it’ll be on a good surface, so it’s a good one to go into.

“It’s the FA Cup so it’s important that we go there with a strong team and put in a performance to be proud of.”

Darren Kelly: “There is a lot of excitement around the club and the ticket sales have been fantastic too. We are going to have a fantastic crowd behind us to help us in what’ll be a fantastic occasion for the club. I hope we can give a good account of ourselves and come Monday we are in the Second Round.

“The lads will work hard and go enjoy the game. That’ll be my key message, play the football - not the occasion. If I’m being honest, the belief I have in the players I think we can cause an upset.”

The Dons remain without striker Osman Sow, who is still suffering from an ankle injury he suffered in the 1-1 draw with Walsall.

Peter Pawlett is unlikely to be unavailable but the midfielder has taken part in two full training sessions this week.

Elsewhere, Neilson has no fresh injury concerns.

David Webb will referee tonight's fixture at the Ewen Fields.

Mr Webb, who has been involved in the professional game since 2007, last run-the-rule over the Dons in their 0-0 draw with Bury on Valentines Day 2017. That day he produced three yellow cards.

The Lancashire-born official has so far this season officiated 16 games and has issued 44 yellow cards. He is yet to brandish a red card.

The assistant referees are Matthew Parry and Michael Denton while the fourth official is Darren Drysdale.

There have been no previous meetings between the two sides.

Hyde win – 17/2
Draw – 9/2
MK Dons win – 2/7

First goalscorer
Chuks Aneke – 7/2
Kieran Agard – 7/2
Gboly Ariyibi – 4/1
No goalscorer – 22/1
Matthew Beadle – 17/2
Tom Pratt – 10/1
Karl Jones – 11/1

Chuks Aneke to score first and MK Dons to win 3-1 – 25/1

Sky Bet tip
Both teams to score and over 4.5 Goals in the match – 3/1

*all odds correct at the time of writing

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The game will be shown live on BBC Two and broadcasted on BBC Radio 5Live Sports Extra.

Supporters living outside the UK will be unable to watch the match live on iFollow MK Dons due to international broadcasting rights.

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Supporters can also stay in touch with the Dons via’s Match Centre, which can be accessed by visiting the home page from 6.15pm.

There will also be full coverage on the Club’s social media channels – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat!

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


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Match Reports

Report: Hyde United 0-4 MK Dons

Robbie Neilson's men progress in the Emirates FA Cup...

3 November 2017

MK Dons progressed into the Second Round of the Emirates FA Cup courtesy of a comfortable 4-0 victory at Hyde United.

Superb first-half strikes from Aidan Nesbitt and Chuks Aneke were added to by goals from Ethan Ebanks-Landell and Ed Upson, as Robbie Neilson's side booked their place in Monday's draw.

Neilson fielded a strong side which featured just four changes from the Sky Bet League One clash with Bristol Rovers. There was also a return for Peter Pawlett - back in the matchday squad for the first time since 2nd September.

Roared on by a passionate home crowd, Hyde won themselves an early corner although it resulted in a free-kick being awarded for a foul on Lee Nicholls. The Tigers then sent a ball into the area after a break down the left but Joe Walsh was there to head away.

Despite those early openings, it was the Dons who dominated possession in the first 15 minutes and with their first chance of the match, they look the lead - Aidan Nesbitt was the scorer, curling home a beauty into the top right-hand corner of the net from 18-yards. 0-1.

A minute after breaking the deadlock, Nesbitt almost set up Kieran Agard for a second but the striker’s header was saved by Peter Crook. The United goalkeeper later kept out Ryan Seager’s curling effort.

Agard fired over on the half-hour mark as the Dons continued to test their hosts resilience. At the other end, after being brought down on the edge of the D, Big Khamsuk sent a free-kick wide of the right post before drilling a loose ball over the crossbar shortly afterwards.

Nicholls was forced into his first save six minutes before the break as he got down quickly to smother a ball in from Tom Pratt. The Dons then went straight up the other end and threatened with Callum Brittain, who shot wide from the edge of the area.

The Dons had a great chance to double their advantage in the final minute of the first half but Seager, after being played in by Aneke, was denied by a strong Crook save.

Fortunately, they were handed another opportunity in stoppage time and this time, they took advantage. After a foul inside the D, the Dons were awarded a free-kick and Aneke curled home a superb curling effort to give his side a healthy two-goal advantage at the break. 0-2.

Neilson’s men maintained their dominance at the start of the second half and Seager caused problems with a low ball into the box from the right. Aneke then went close to doubling his tally with a looping header which fell just wide of the left post.

With 59 minutes on the clock, Hyde’s Harry Coates was presented with a great chance to reduce the deficit but he headed over from six-yards out.

Seager then broke through the hosts’ backline and had a fantastic opportunity of his own but he couldn’t beat Crook when one-on-one.

Nesbitt, bright all evening, had a deflected effort palmed over the bar by Crook on 65 minutes. From Upson’s resulting corner, Ebanks-Landell fired home a loose ball to extend the lead to three - his second goal for the Club. 0-3.

The travelling Dons supporters soon had another reason to cheer as Pawlett was introduced for his first appearance in two months.

Four minutes later, they were then celebrating a fourth goal. Aneke beat a host of Hyde defenders with a powerful run through the middle before he unselfishly teed up Upson, who cooly slotted home into the far left corner. 0-4.

To their credit, an unfazed Hyde side continued to attack and they went close to a consolation goal in the 81st minute. They almost conceded a fifth, though, when Agard hit the post with a low drive after some excellent work by Pawlett.

Starting XI: Nicholls; Brittain, Ebanks-Landell, Walsh, Williams; Upson, Gilbey (c) (McGrandles 76); Agard, Aneke (Nombe 76), Nesbitt; Seager (Pawlett 69).

Unused subs: Sietsma, Wootton, Ariyibi, Muirhead.

Goals: Nesbitt (14), Aneke (45+1), Ebanks-Landell (68), Upson (73)

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