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Preview: Northampton Town

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

26 September 2017

MK Dons will be looking to make it three straight wins in Sky Bet League One when they take on Northampton Town at Stadium MK tonight.

Robbie Neilson’s men, who have won three of their last four matches, beat Rochdale last weekend at Stadium MK and followed that result up with a 2-0 win at AFC Wimbledon.

Friday’s victory at the Cherry Red Records Stadium saw the men from MK1 climb into the top half of Sky Bet League One table for the first time this season and they are now within sight of the top six – just four points separates them from sixth-placed Blackpool.

The last two results have also seen the side maintain their dominance over teams below them in the table – in the five games they’ve played against lower-ranked clubs, they have taken 13 points from a possible 15.

They face another one of those outfits tonight in Northampton Town, who they’ve also enjoyed plenty of success against in the past – the Dons have won seven of the 10 previous meetings between the two clubs.

Kick-off this evening is at 7.45pm.

Northampton, winless in the month of August, have seen an upturn in form since the arrival of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink as manager.

The Cobblers have picked up their first two league victories under the Dutchman while they also ran third and fourth-placed Bradford City and Wigan Athletic close in 1-0 defeats.

They have, however, yet to win away from home this season, losing four of their five matches in all competitions that have taken place on the road with only three goals to their name.

The Dons made it back-to-back wins for the first time this season, beating rivals AFC Wimbledon 2-0 at the Cherry Red Records Stadium on Friday night.

Neilson’s men quietened the home crowd with a goal inside the first 10 minutes – George Francomb inadvertently turning Osman Sow’s low cross into his own net.

Close to the half-hour mark, the Dons doubled their lead through Gboly Ariyibi, who fired home from inside the area after AFC Wimbledon failed to deal with another ball in from the left.

The home side were presented with an opportunity to reduce the deficit in the 63rd minute but Lee Nicholls guessed right to deny Lyle Taylor from the penalty spot and preserve a two-goal advantage which remained through to the full-time whistle.

Northampton fell to successive defeats at the weekend, losing 1-0 at home to third-place Bradford City.

The Cobblers survived two early chances from their visitors, with Matt Ingram keeping out an effort from Nicky Law before Dominic Poleon missed a kick when eight yards out.

In evitable Bradford goal arrived on 34 minutes when Tony McMahon curled a free-kick past Ingram after Alex Gilliead was brought down by Brendan Moloney.

In the second half, Northampton fought to restore parity but both Alex Revell and Marc Richards missed chances late on.

Robbie Neilson: “It will be a tough game for us. I went up there on Saturday to watch the game against Bradford (City) and they were unlucky not to take anything from the game.

“Jimmy has come in and changed things a bit - they’ve got energy in the team and they try to get after it. I think he’s starting to turn it around already - I know they didn’t get a great result on Saturday but they’ve definitely picked up recently and I expect them to continue to do that.”

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink: “MK Dons are a good footballing side and it’s another difficult game. They had a good win on Friday but we will go there to have a go and try and win the game.

“We are getting better and we are in a process of learning. It’s always going to be a work in progress but at the same time we need to win games. We are still learning and we need to keep on improving.”

The Dons will assess the fitness of three of their injured quartet head of tonight’s kick-off.

Joe Walsh (knee), Ed Upson (hip) and Chuks Aneke (hamstring) all returned to training on Monday and could be in contention to make comebacks.

Meanwhile, Peter Pawlett (knee) remains sidelined but the midfielder is edging closer to a return to training.

Northampton look set to be without striker Chris Long, who limped off with a hamstring injury during Saturday’s loss to Bradford City.

Sam Hoskins, though, could be set for more involvement after making a return to action in that match at Sixfields – the striker had been sidelined since January with a serious knee injury.

The experienced Christopher Sarginson will be the man in the middle tonight.

Sarginson has already refereed nine matches this season, producing a total of 24 yellow cards and two red cards.

The Staffordshire-based referee last took charge of the Dons on Boxing Day last season, officiating the clash with Charlton Athletic at Stadium MK – that day he made five bookings, four of which were to the home side.

A month previous saw him umpire Northampton’s 1-0 loss away at Bradford City – his most recent Cobblers appointment. He produced just two yellow cards that evening in Yorkshire.

Tonight’s assistant referees are Mark Griffiths and Leigh Crowhurst while the fourth official is Steven Plane.

Dons wins: 7
Dons wins at Stadium MK: 5
Last Dons win: 5-3, 21 Jan 2017 (Stadium MK)
Biggest Dons win: 3-0, 19 Jan 2016 (Stadium MK)

Draws: 1
Draws at Stadium MK: 0
Last draw: 2-2, 9 Jan 2016 (Sixfields)

Northampton wins: 2
Northampton wins at Stadium MK: 0
Last Northampton win: 3-2, 4 Sep 2016 (Sixfields)
Biggest Northampton win: 3-2, 4 Sep 2016 (Sixfields)

Result
Dons win: 19/20
Draw: 5/2
Northampton win: 14/5

First goalscorer
Osman Sow – 9/2
Kieran Agard – 9/2
Ryan Seager – 5/1
Gboly Ariyibi – 5/1
No goalscorer – 9/1
Marc Richards – 13/2
Alex Revell – 13/2
Sam Hoskins – 8/1
Billy Waters – 8/1

Scorecast
Gboly Ariyibi to score first and MK Dons to win 2-0 – 28/1

*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 tonight's clash with Northampton Town are priced from just £10 adults and £5 under-18s. while under-12 Young Dons (Plus) members can still attend for FREE.

Supporters can upgrade to East Centre for a £5 premium, while a seat in clubRed is a £10 premium on the regular ticket price. Groups of 20 can book tickets at a discounted rate of £10 adults and £3 under-18s.

To book tickets click here, visit the Box Office or call 01908 622988. Tickets can also be bought from the cash-only booths around Stadium MK ahead of kick-off.

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Report: MK Dons 0-0 Northampton Town

Stalemate under the lights at Stadium MK...

26 September 2017

MK Dons and neighbours Northampton Town played out a stalemate under the lights at Stadium MK on Tuesday evening.

Aaron Tshibola went closest for the Dons, who were unable to make it three wins on the bounce after victories over Rochdale and AFC Wimbledon.

Robbie Neilson named the same starting XI that won at the Cherry Red Records Stadium on Friday night, meaning Ryan Seager and Osman Sow once again began up top.

The in-form Gboly Ariyibi was on the front foot from the first whistle, looking to take on the Cobblers’ defence down the left-hand side – he got in on seven minutes but his delivery was cut-out.

Former Don Daniel Powell threatened on 13 minutes when he brought the ball down, shifted the ball onto his left and shot wide, however, Lee Nicholls was across to cover in case if had been on target.

As the game ticked past the midway point of the first half, the game continued to be being evenly contested but defences were on top and both were finding it difficult to create clear-cut chances.

In truth, the visitors looked the more likely during that spell but Alex Gilbey saw a shot blocked and Seager almost reached a Scott Golbourne cross as the Dons fought back.

George Williams had to be alert on 34 minutes and was to clear away a cross Brendan Moloney, who was looking for ex-Don Alex Revell in the middle.

Ariyibi almost sparked the game into life on 37 minutes but his powerful 30-yard effort was narrowly wide of Matt Ingram’s right-hand post – so close to giving the hosts the lead in style!

In the last real action of the half, Revell fired over the top from 20 yards before Matt Crooks shot into the side-netting after good pressure from Callum Brittain.

Powell shot straight the throat of Nicholls in the opening minute of the second period, but Aaron Tshibola really tested Ingram with a 25-yard thunderbolt two minutes later.

Dons were forced to do some more defending on 51 minutes, Williams picking up a perfect position to head over his own bar.

A powerful run from Gilbey provided an outlet for the Dons and he was found but Ingram was up to the task from the edge of the area while, at the other end, substitute Dean Bowditch, another former Don, forced a fine save from Nicholls.

Dons’ substitute Aidan Nesbitt came even closer to the opener on 62 minutes as the game lifted in tempo at both ends but his touch took him just too far around the visitors’ keeper and the chance went begging.

Williams was again on hand to beat Aaron Pierre to the ball midway through the second half – the captain was really putting in a captain’s performance.

The game continued to ebb and flow but neither side were looking clinical in front of goal, which led to Neilson introducing Kieran Agard on 72 minutes.

Nicholls comfortably caught Revell’s shot before Ash Taylor headed a right-wing corner off target as the fixture entered the final 15 minutes.

Clever play from Ariyibi created a crossing opportunity for Nesbitt, who saw his ball turned behind for a corner but the Dons couldn’t make anything of it.

Shortly afterwards, some trickery from Nesbitt set up Gilbey, who saw his shot blocked after shaping up with some real purpose on the edge of the box.

The Dons ended the stronger of the two teams but Agard couldn’t direct a difficult header past Ingram, while the minute before saw him round the keeper but not quite able to pick out substitute Robbie Muirhead.

Starting XI: Nicholls; Brittain, Williams (c), Wootton, Golbourne; Tshibola (Agard 72), Cisse, Gilbey, Ariyibi; Seager (Nesbitt 55), Sow (Muirhead 79).

Unused subs: Sietsma, Lewington, Ebanks-Landell, Upson.

Attendance: 11,340 (2,566 Northampton fans).

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Ticket News

Midweek matches for £10/£5 at Stadium MK

Superb discounts to watch Dons in Sky Bet League One action under the lights...

1 September 2017

Adults can watch selected league fixtures under the floodlights at Stadium MK from just £10, while under-18s can attend for only £5.

Robbie Neilson’s men are scheduled to play three midweek home Sky Bet League One games in 2017/18, starting with the local derby against the Northampton Town on Tuesday 26th September.

Tickets for the selected midweek matches are priced at just £10 adults and £5 under-18s in standard areas of the ground, while there is a small premium for those who wish to upgrade to East Centre or clubRed. Under-12 Young Dons (Plus) members still go FREE.

The fantastic discount also extends to groups of 20 or more, who can purchase tickets at a rate of £10 adults and £3 under-18s.

To book tickets for the clash click here, visit the Box Office or call 0333 200 5343.

Full ticket details:

PRICES 
Family Area, Cowshed, Standard Corner and East Wing
Adults: £10
Over-65s: £10
Under-21s: £10
Under-18s: £5
Under-12s: £5*
*Under-12 Young Dons (Plus) members still go FREE.

East Centre
Adults: £15 
Over-65s: £15
Under-21s: £15
Under-18s: £10
Under-12s: £10*
*Under-12 Young Dons (Plus) members still go FREE.

clubRed
Adults: £20
Over-65s: £20
Under-21s: £20
Under-18s: £15
Under-12s: £15*
*Under-12 clubRed Young Dons (Plus) members still go FREE.

MEMBERS 
No member discount is available for this fixture.

GROUP TICKETS 
Groups of 20 or more that book tickets in one transaction qualify for the following Group Ticket prices: 
Adults: £10
Seniors: £10 
Under-18s: £3

Group Tickets are not available online and therefore must be booked in person or by phone.

CAR PARKING
Car parking spaces are available to book for the fixture at a price of £7 - click here to book!

BUY 
Tickets will be available to buy right up until kick-off but online sales will close at 6pm on the day of the game.

To book tickets click here, visit the Box Office or call 0333 200 5343. On the night, tickets can also be bought at the cash-only booths around Stadium MK.

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