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Preview: Carlisle United

All you need to know ahead of Saturday's Sky Bet League Two clash at Stadium MK...

7 December 2018

MK Dons will be back in action this Saturday, when they welcome Carlisle United to Stadium MK.

It's safe to say everyone associated with MK Dons is missing football, but you don't have to wait much longer, with Paul Tisdale's side back in action this Saturday afternoon.

Without a game last Saturday, the Dons will have gone 10 days without a game come kick-off on Saturday, a break that has been well-deserved given the form of Tisdale's side.

The 2-0 win over Morecambe feels like months ago, however, Alex Gilbey's double that day ensured the Dons entered the break top of the table - but more importantly - off the back of a win.

This weekend, Carlisle are in town, as they go in search of another important three points.

Kick-off this Saturday is at 3.00pm.

Carlisle enter Saturday's clash boasting the third best away form in the division, they've picked up 17 points from a possible 30 on the road this season. That impressive form includes wins over Swindon, Oldham and Bury. What's more, no team have won more than the five the Cumbrians have notched on their travels so far this season.

Appointed this past summer after the four-year tenure of Keith Curle came to an end, Sheridan will be looking to return to Sky Bet League One with Carlisle and end their five-year stay in Sky Bet League Two.

He's certainly started the season in good form, with his side occupying 11th place, just five points off a play-off position. Sheridan recruited a number of faces during the Summer, with Anthony Gerrard following the Manager from Oldham Athletic, while George Glendon arrived from Fleetwood and Gary Miller from Plymouth Argyle.

The man to watch for Carlisle is Jamie Devitt, he's netted five times in his last five games - form that saw him nominated for Sky Bet League Two Player of the Month for November.

Alex Gilbey scored a second-half brace against Morecambe to send MK Dons back to the top of the Sky Bet League Two table.

Paul Tisdale's men were made to wait for their glory at Stadium MK, however, their patience was rewarded after the break with Gilbey finding the net twice to secure a fifth success home success for the Dons.

Goals from Matt Rhead and John Akinde saw Lincoln City overcome Carlisle United and book a place in the third round of the FA Cup.

Rhead found the net just 30 seconds into the second-round tie, while Akinde, the man Rhead replaced in the starting line-up, added a second goal four minutes from time to avoid a nervy finish.

Paul Tisdale: “John Sheridan is an experienced manager, and he was a fabulous footballer - Carlisle are one of the best travelling teams for points gained.

"It's more than likely to be a very tough game, if after 10 games away, they've picked up 17, 18 points, that's not a fluke - we need to be on our guard."

Josh Sheridan: "This will be a really tough game because they are going along really well. Paul Tisdale is an excellent manager, I get on well with him, and they're a very good footballing side.

"They're up there on merit and I think this is a good game for us because it will be a test, and it's one I think we can face."

MK Dons manager Paul Tisdale used his pre-match press conference to provide updates on a number of injuries. 

On Jordan Moore Taylor: "He's a bit sore, and having the weekend off was a plus for him and Chuks. As always, we will assess them closer to the game to see what is possible and what's not. I'd like them both back as quick as I can."

On Peter Pawlett: "He's closer to being fit and available. He had a minor injury since coming back from his ankle problem. He's close and hopefully, we can assess him before Saturday. He has been training, he has been looking sharp and I'm hopeful he will be available."

Carlisle man Jamie Devitt missed last week's Emirates FA Cup clash at Lincoln due to a calf injury, which is understood to be short-term, he may be available for Saturday's encounter. Danny Grainger is also a doubt for Sheridan.

After 13 months on the sidelines, midfielder Jason Kennedy made the match-day squad last time out.

Scott Oldham will referee this Saturday's clash at Stadium MK - it'll be his 14th game of the season so far.

Oldham has so far issued 44 bookings, while he's yet to show a red card.

Oldham's assistant referees this evening are Alix Pashley and Darren Wilding while the fourth official is Andrew Hendley.

Dons wins: 4
Dons wins at Stadium MK: 3
Last Dons win: 2-0, 1 Sep 2012 (Stadium MK)
Biggest Dons win: 2-0, 1 Sep 2012 (Stadium MK)

Draws: 1
Draws at Stadium MK: 0
Last draw: 1-1, 23 Feb 2013 (Brunton Park)

Carlisle wins: 7
Carlisle wins at Stadium MK: 3
Last Carlisle win: 3-0, 28 Jan 2014 (Brunton Park)
Biggest Carlisle win: 5-0, 13 Feb 2010 (Brunton Park)

Dons win: 2/5
Draw: 7/2
Carlisle win: 13/2

First goalscorer
Chuks Aneke: 3/1
Kieran Agard: 7/2
Rhys Healey: 4/1

Tickets for Saturday's game are available to buy right up until kick-off at Stadium MK. Tickets are priced from £22 adults, £17 over-65s and £7 under-18s while under-12s go FREE with a Young Dons members - click HERE for full ticket information!

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

Alternatively, iFollow MK Dons subscribers can listen to live commentary of this game – click HERE to sign up for as little as £4.49 for a month.

Supporters can also stay in touch with the action via’s Match Centre, which can be accessed by visiting the home page from 2pm.

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 along with full reaction from Paul Tisdale and a player. Highlights will be available to view from midnight.

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Report: MK Dons 2-0 Carlisle United

Second-half strikes make it six home wins in a row...

8 December 2018

Second-half goals from Jordan Houghton and Kieran Agard, as well as an 11th clean sheet of the season, saw MK Dons beat Carlisle United 2-0 at Stadium MK.

For the third home match in succession, the Dons were forced to remain patient but took the lead through Houghton’s long-range effort five minutes into the second half.

Agard then doubled the lead with his 11th goal of the campaign and MK Dons saw out the remainder of the contest to make it six straight home league wins and keep their place at the top of the Sky Bet League Two table.

Boss Tisdale was forced into two changes due to the injuries to Jordan Moore-Taylor and Chuks Aneke in the win over Morecambe.

Ousseynou Cisse replaced Moore-Taylor in a switch which saw Houghton move back into the centre of defence. Lawson D’Ath came in for Aneke and took up a position behind Agard and Rhys Healey.

It was Carlisle striker Hallam Hope who registered the first shot on goal but it was an effort that never troubled goalkeeper Lee Nicholls.

MK Dons then gained control of the contest. Dean Lewington and Baily Cargill were almost able to link up inside the area but the latter was dispossessed as he tried to turn and face goal.

Cargill was involved again in the eighth minute, delivering a cross for Healey who, at full stretch, headed over the crossbar. Another delivery into the box moments alter almost led to a first MK Dons goal for Lawson D’Ath but his effort, from Williams’ low ball, was blocked by a defender.

The Dons’ dominance continued and Alex Gilbey, on his 50th MK Dons appearance, stabbed an 18-yard effort wide of the right upright after Carlisle failed to properly deal with a teasing free-kick from Houghton.

On the quarter-hour mark, a well worked move down the left involving Cisse, D’Ath and Cargill saw the letter send in a cross which almost found the head of Agard at the near post.

A fumble from Adam Collin almost provided an opening soon after but neither D’Ath nor Healey could take advantage of the goalkeeper’s error from Cargill’s cross.

George Williams was the next MK Dons man to deliver an inviting ball into the area - this one, on 24 minutes, was just out of reach for an on-rushing Cargill. Three minutes later, Conor McGrandles sent a curling effort just over the bar from the edge of the area.

Healey and Agard combined in the 33rd minute with the former sending a ball through to his strike partner, whose low shot was blocked behind for a corner.

The Dons’ excellent half an hour was almost for nothing as it was the Cumbrians who should have broke the deadlock. Ashley Nadesan’s low cross was met by a sliding Hope but Nicholls produced a point-blank save on his goaline to keep it out, before palming the loose ball away to safety.

Tisdale’s men almost provided an instant response courtesy of a dazzling run from Healey, who worked it all the way into the Carlisle penalty area before leaving the ball to Agard - his shot was blocked.

MK Dons were then forced into a bit of defending as the half drew to a close as Williams and Gilbey both got themselves in the way of respective efforts from Hope and Kelvin Etuhu.

They should have then taken the lead but Healey’s close-range effort was somehow blocked on the line by Gary Liddle. Healey looked for all the world to be about to open the scoring following Gilbey’s excellent run down the right but the U’s defender did brilliantly to keep it out.

Healey’s chance proved to be the final action of a positive first half for MK Dons - a half in which the only thing they lacked was a goal.

That all changed five minutes into the second half when Houghton, up the field for a set piece, picked up the ball 20 yards from goal and drilled a low left-footed shot past Collin and into the far corner of the net off via the post. 1-0.

Carlisle created a decent chance to equalise just three minutes later but Nadesan, after working his way deep into the area, was denied by an excellent one-on-one save from Nicholls.

On 57 minutes, Gilbey forced a save out Collin as he went in search of his third goal in two games. McGrandles and D’Ath then combined down the right and the latter sent a cross towards Agard which was vitally intercepted by Tom Parkes.

Lewington had better fortune when trying to pick out Agard in the 63rd minute and the MK Dons number 14 made no mistake, turning home first time for his 11th goal of the season - and a crucial second for his side. Credit too to the provider, Lewington, who surged forward down the left and was pin-point with his accuracy on the cross. 2-0.

MK Dons created another crossing opportunity in the 69th minute but McGrandles’ low ball in was intercepted on its way through to Agard.

Nicholls was then called into action to deny Hope with an excellent diving save to his left before Tisdale was forced into his first save of the day as Healey limped off to be replaced by the returning Pete Pawlett - a bittersweet moment for most inside Stadium MK, who will be hoping the injury to the striker isn’t anything serious.

With 12 minutes to play, Gilbey saw a curling shot saved by Collin before there was a second enforced substitution which saw Osman Sow make his comeback in place of D’Ath, who appeared to have picked up a knock.

Carlisle, to their credit, continued to search for a way back into the contest and thought they had done so in the 84th minute but Nichols was able to smother after a goalmouth scramble.

MK Dons then went straight up the other end and Sow saw a low, left-footed try saved after the Swede had cut inside from the right flank.

Later, Williams did well to keep head over his own crossbar with substitute Richie Bennett breathing down his neck, looking to connect with a lofted cross. He then denied Bennett with a slide tackle before Macaulay Gillesphey curled wide.

Hope volleyed wide in stoppage time but that was the closest Carlisle came to troubling the Dons securing their 11th clean sheet of the campaign and another home victory - their sixth in succession.

Starting XI: Nicholls, Williams, Houghton, Cargill; McGrandles, Gilbey, Cisse, Lewington (c); D’Ath (Sow 81); Agard (Watson 90+2), Healey (Pawlett 70).

Unused subs: Moore, Hancox, Simpson, Jackson.

Goal: Houghton (50), Agard (65)

Attendance: 6,849 (343 away)

Referee: A Oldham

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