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07 November 2017 Venue The Kassam Stadium Attendance

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Preview: Oxford United

All you need to know ahead of tonight's Checkatrade Trophy tie...

7 November 2017

mkdons.com previews tonight's fixture against Oxford United as the Dons look to progress into the knockout stages of the Checkatrade Trophy.

Robbie Neilson’s men returned to winning ways against Hyde United in the Emirates FA Cup and will be eager to maintain their winning form against Sky Bet League One outfit, Oxford United.

The Dons currently top the group with five points after beating Brighton & Hove Albion U23s 2-0 and recording a penalty victory over Stevenage. Oxford, meanwhile currently occupy second place following a win against Stevenage and a loss on penalties against Brighton U23s.

Any form of win would ensure that men from MK1 finish top of the group while a defeat on penalties would see them progress through to the knockout stages as runners-up. They could still make it through with a normal-time loss should Brighton fail to beat Stevenage in 90 minutes or the Seagulls fail to make up the difference in goal difference.

Kick-off is at 7:45pm.

Oxford United enter the tie without a win in their last four games. The U’s suffered an early Emirates FA Cup exit, suffering a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Port Vale.  

Oxford’s summer recruitment was extensive under Spanish manager Pep Clotet. The 40-year-old signed over 15 players including the likes of, Dwight Tiendalli, James Henry, Alex Mowatt and Mike Williamson. The new crop at the Kassam Stadium have shown their class in spells this season, most notably overcoming Portsmouth 3-0.

The Dons ended their unwanted losing run with a 4-0 win over non-league Hyde United in the Emirates FA Cup.

Superb first-half strikes from Aidan Nesbitt and Chuks Aneke were added to by goals from Ethan Ebanks-Landell and Ed Upson in the second-half.

Meanwhile, Oxford United suffered a 2-0 defeat against Port Vale in the same competition thanks to goals from Gavin Gunning and Tom Pope.

Robbie Neilson: “I think the Checkatrade Trophy at the beginning of the season is used to build confidence for the players that haven’t been getting a lot of game time, but as you progress and start to get into the knockout stages it’s important that we are aiming to try and get as far as we can.

“It’s a competition that we think we can win and it would be great for us and the fans if we could.”

Pep Clotet: "We know it will not be easy. It was a good game at MK earlier this season. They are building a side like we are building here, that plays good football and can grow and develop together. They play open, attacking the football and that should make for a really good game for the fans to enjoy.”

The Dons remain without striker Osman Sow, who is still sidelined after suffering an ankle injury against Walsall. Robbie also confirmed in his pre-match interview that a number of other players are suffering from knocks.

Oxford United will be without forward Gino van Kessel as he looks to recover from a hamstring injury, while Mike Williamson limped off at half-time against Port Vale and may be rested.

Christopher Sarginson will referee tonight’s fixture at the Kassam Stadium.

Mr Sarginson has been involved in the professional game since 2007 and last took charge of the Dons during their 0-0 draw with Northampton on September 26th, 2017. That day didn’t produce a single card.

The Staffordshire-born official has so far this season officiated 17 games and has produced 48 yellow cards and five reds – including three in one game.

The assistant referees are Dean Treleaven and Thomas Ramsey while the fourth official is Simon Knapp.

The two sides have only met each other three times, Oxford have the better record totting up one win against the Dons, while the remaining two fixtures both ended in draws.

Result
Oxford win – 11/10
Draw – 5/2
MK Dons win – 23/10

First goalscorer
Chuks Aneke – 6/1
Kieran Agard – 6/1
Ryan Seager – 7/1
No goalscorer – 11/1
Wesley Thomas – 4/2
Jonathan Obiki – 11/2
James Roberts – 6/1

Scorecast
Ryan Seager to score first and Dons to win 2-1 – 50/1

Sky Bet tip
MK Dons to win and over 2.5 Goals in the match – 4/1

*all odds correct at the time of writing

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Supporters can also stay in touch with the Dons via mkdons.com’s Match Centre, which can be accessed by visiting the home page from 6pm.

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 mkdons.com straight after the final whistle.

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Tickets for tonight’s Checkatrade Trophy tie with Oxford United are priced at just £10 adults, £5 seniors/under-21s and £1 under-7s.

Tickets can now only be bought, cash only, from the North Ticket Office at the Kassam Stadium on the night.

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Report: Oxford United 3-4 Milton Keynes Dons

Robbie Neilson's men top Group G...

7 November 2017

MK Dons progressed through to the Checkatrade Trophy knockout stage as Group G winners after overcoming Oxford United in a seven-goal thriller at the Kassam Stadium.

In an entertaining affair, Robbie Neilson's ensured they finished top of their group resulting in a home tie in the next stage of the competition.

Brandon Thomas-Asante opened the scoring for the Dons before a Jack Payne double put the hosts in front. The first-half action wasn't finished there, however, as Gboly Ariyibi netted twice before the half was over.

Rob Hall equalised in the second-half but shortly after Ryan Seager struck to secure the win.

Neilson opted to make six changes from Friday’s Emirates FA Cup round One victory over Hyde United with Wieger Siestma, Dean Lewington, Scott Wootton, Aryibi, Robbie Muirhead and Thomas-Asante replacing Lee Nicholls, Callum Brittain, Chuks Aneke, Kieran Agard, Alex Gilbey and Joe Walsh. 

With Sam Nombe and Conor McGrandles both suspended for the tie and Brittain on international duty, there were also places in the squad for academy graduates Giorgio Rasulo, Hugo Logan and David Kasumu.

The first chance of the game fell the way of Seager. The forward’s quick feet saw him escape John Mousinho before Simon Eastwood saved his curling left-footed strike.

Sietsma was then called into action twice in quick succession. The Dutchman first denied Rothwell before then saving well from Obika’s powerful strike on

From the resulting corner, Siestma started a free-flowing counter attack resulting in Ed Upson having his shot deflected behind for a corner. The midfielder’s found an unmarked Thomas-Asante before the 18-year-old hammered home from six-yards ten minutes into the tie. 0-1

Siestma continued to frustrate the hosts this time the shot-stopper produced an acrobatic save to tip over Payne’s goal-bound effort. Dons were lucky to keep there lead from Rothwell’s corner as Obika’s header found the outside of the post from close range.

Aidan Nesbitt came within inches of recreating his wonderful goal against Hyde United. The forward received the ball from Dean Lewington before curling his strike just wide of Eastwood’s far post.

Oxford threatened to equalise through Jack Payne, but Ethan Ebanks-Landell was there to block his driven effort before Fernandez fired over from just outside the box. The defender then saw his header saved after Upson found the defender at the back post.

Ed Upson received the first booking of the game after his foul on Payne.

On 33 minutes, Oxford drew level. Jack Payne’s mazy run resulted in the winger cutting in from the left before he found the near corner from the edge of the area. 1-1.

Lewington was booked for his foul on Hall. 

Four minutes later the home side were then given the chance to take the lead for the first time in the tie after Rob Hall was fouled inside the box by Dean Lewington - Payne stepped up and converted past Sietsma. 1-2.

Almost immediately, Dons drew back level. Robbie Muirhead’s picked out Gboly Ariyibi unmarked on the edge of the box before the winger’s curling left-footed strike found the back of the net. 2-2 

Fernandez was the first player to pick up a booking after fouling Pawlett – who had come on in place of Nesbitt 

A minute before the half-time whistle Ariyibi scored his second of the evening. The American combined with Thomas-Asante on the edge of the box before tucking the ball past Eastwood and into the back of the net to give Dons the lead at the break. 2-3.

It took until the hour mark for the first chance of the second-half, Upson forcing Eastwood into a smart save from his 30-yard free-kick.

Just four minutes later and Oxford were back level. Hall picked up the ball on the right wing before cutting onto his left-foot. The winger then curled his strike beyond Sietsma. 3-3

The lead lasted just a minute, however, as Pawlett and Seager combined well inside the box before the latter found the back of the net to put Dons back in front. 3-4

Thomas-Asante and Scott Wootton were next to be booked as the game reached the final 20 minutes.

Academy graduate Hugo Logan made his way onto the field in place of Wootton with 10 minutes left to play.

Agard looked to have won a penalty but referee Chris Sarginson waved play on once again - the striker was booked for his protests. 

The men from MK1 put in a mature closing 10 minutes to see the game out and book their place in the next round of the competition.

Starting XI: Sietsma; Williams, Ebanks-Landell, Wootton (Logan 79), Lewington (c); Upson; Ariyibi, Thomas-Asante, Nesbitt (Pawlett 60), Muirhead; Seager (Agard 67)

Unused subs: Nicholls, Aneke, Rasulo, Kasumu

Goals: Thomas-Asante (10), Ariyibi (40, 45), Seager (66)

Booked: Lewington, Wootton, Upson, Thomas-Asante

Attendance: 1,182 (101 away)

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Oxford Utd tickets – book for Tuesday's Checkatrade Trophy tie!

Prices just £10 adults and £5 under-18s for midweek match...

3 November 2017

Book your tickets for MK Dons’ Checkatrade Trophy tie with Oxford United – their final group-stage fixture.

Robbie Neilson’s side travel to the Kassam Stadium on Tuesday, where they will be looking to secure their place in the knockout stages of the competition. Kick-off is at 7.45pm.

Tickets are priced at just £10 adults, £5 seniors/under-21s/students/under-18s and £1 under-7s.

Travel, meanwhile, is available at £15 adults and £14 over-65s/under-18s. Season Ticket holders and members are entitled to a £1 discount on official away travel.

To book tickets and travel click here, visit the Box Office at Stadium MK or call 0333 200 5343. Tickets will be available to buy from the Club until midday on the day of the game. Tickets can be bought, cash only, at the Kassam Stadium on the night.

Full ticket details:
PRICES
Adults: £10
Seniors (over-65s): £5
Under-21s: £5
Students: £5
Under-18s: £5
Under-7s: £1

SUPPORTERS WITH A DISABILITY
Supporters with a disability that are on medium to high-rate disability allowance are entitled to a FREE personal assistant.

TRAVEL
Season Ticket holders/members
Adults: £14
Over-65s: £13
Under-18s: £13

General sale
Adults: £15
Over-65s: £14
Under-18s: £14

Coaches will depart Stadium MK at 5.30pm.

To book coach travel click here, visit the Box Office at Stadium MK or call 0333 200 5343. Coach travel will be available to book until midday on Tuesday, subject to availability.

BUY
To book tickets click here, visit the Box Office at Stadium MK or call 0333 200 5343.

Tickets will be available to buy from the Club until midday on Tuesday 7th November. Tickets can also be bought, cash only, from the North Ticket Office at the Kassam Stadium on the night.

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