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Preview: Oldham Athletic

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

29 January 2019

MK Dons welcome Oldham Athletic to Stadium MK this evening and Paul Tisdale’s men will be hoping they can use the match to get back on track in Sky Bet League Two.

The Dons are currently on a three-game losing streak and have slipped to sixth in the table while moving six points adrift of the automatic promotion places.

Tonight’s encounter is one of two games in hand that Tisdale’s team hold on third-placed Bury so this evening’s affair presents an ideal opportunity to reignite the promotion push and maintain the pressure on the top three.

They can draw inspiration from their previous meeting with the Latics - a 2-1 victory on the opening day of the season. Goals from Kieran Agard and Ryan Harley secured the points that August afternoon and a similar result tonight would be very welcome.

While looking to reverse their fortunes in general, the Dons will also be out to return to form at Stadium MK after defeat last time out. Tisdale’s side have won nine times on their own patch this season and still boast the best defensive home record in the division.

Kick-off is at 7.45pm.

Oldham Athletic arrive in Milton Keynes with a full focus now on their play-off push, following their Emirates FA Cup exit last weekend.

The Latics, who beat Premier League Fulham in their Third Round match but were knocked out by Doncaster Rovers on Saturday, currently sit 13th in the table and are seven points adrift of the top seven.

With work to do, Pete Wild’s side will be looking to kick-start their climb with a victory at Stadium MK - a result which would be their fifth away success of the campaign and their third in their last five road trips.

Oldham are one of the highest scorers in the division with 41 goals to their name so far this term. Eight of those came courtesy of Sam Surridge, who has returned to his parent club after a short loan spell, so Chris O’Grady and Callum Lang are now their main goal threats.

Wes Thomas’ first-half header proved the difference as MK Dons were beaten 1-0 by a resilient Grimsby Town side at Blundell Park.

Thomas headed in a cross 27 minutes in to give the hosts a lead which they managed to hold on to despite going down to 10 men late in the first half.

Oldham Athletic, meanwhile, were in Emirates FA Cup action this past Saturday against Doncaster Rovers.

Ben Whiteman had given the Sky Bet League One side the lead before Peter Clarke levelled for the Latics with just six minutes of normal time remaining.

Clarke, however, gave away a 96th-minute penalty - one that Whiteman converted to send Doncaster through into the Fifth Round of the historic cup competition.

Paul Tisdale: “I need to get the players’ minds on what we need to do and where our flaws are, and what we need to remember if we are to pull our results back.”

Pete Wild: “[MK Dons] are not on a good run of form, but they're a really good side and they have some great players, so we've got to be at our best to get something from the game.”


Jordan Moore-Taylor limped off during Saturday’s defeat to Grimsby Town and boss Paul Tisdale didn’t have an update on the injury when he addressed the media after the game.

While MK Dons remain hopeful of having Moore-Taylor available, George Williams [hamstring] won’t be involved, with the right-back set for an extended spell on the sidelines.

Callum Brittain could be called upon after returning to training following a bout of tonsillitis.

Oldham Athletic will be without captain Peter Clarke, who was sent off during the Latics’ Emirates FA Cup defeat to Doncaster Rovers.

Midfielder Mohamed Maouche returns from a suspension in more positive news for the Greater Manchester outfit, who won’t be able to call upon the services of long-term absentees Dan Gardner and Ousmane Fane.

Antony Coggins will take charge of this evening’s affair - the second season in a row that he has refereed a match between MK Dons and Oldham Athletic, having overseen the 4-4 draw at Stadium MK last term.

Coggins has marshalled the Dons four times since that eight-goal thriller, most recently umpiring the 4-0 victory over Crawley Town back in November.

In total, he has shown 96 yellow cards in 26 games this season while producing only three red cards.

His assistant referees are Carl Fitch-Jackson and Abbas Khan while the fourth official is John Busby.


MK Dons and Oldham Athletic have met 23 times since their first encounter in August 2004 - a match which went in favour of the Latics.

The Dons have enjoyed the most success, with 12 wins to their name compared to Oldham’s seven. They have won seven of their last nine meetings, scoring 23 goals in total.

Tonight’s hosts are also unbeaten in the last nine meetings that have taken place in Milton Keynes (W6 D3). In fact, the Latics have only ever won once in MK - a 1-0 victory in January 2006.


Dons win - 19/20
Draw - 12/5
Oldham win - 13/5

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Tickets are priced from £22 adults, £17 over-65s and £7 under-18s while under-12s go FREE with a Young Dons members. Supporters can upgrade their seat to East Centre for just £5 more while an upgrade to clubRed is available for a £10 premium.

To buy tickets click HERE, visit the Box Office at Stadium MK or call 0333 200 5343. Tickets will be available to buy right up until kick-off.

Can’t make the match? Supporters will be able to watch the game live on iFollow MK Dons - click HERE to purchase a £10 Match Pass and enjoy all the action on your phone, tablet or computer!

iFollow MK Dons subscribers will have access to live commentary of this game.

Supporters can also stay in touch with the action 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 along with full reaction from Paul Tisdale and a player. Highlights will be available to view from midnight.

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Elsewhere in Sky Bet League Two…

Forest Green Rovers v Mansfield Town
Newport County v Port Vale

 

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Report: MK Dons 2-1 Oldham Athletic

Two penalties earn the Dons a vital home win...

29 January 2019

MK Dons got back on track in Sky Bet League Two courtesy of a 2-1 victory over Oldham Athletic at Stadium MK.

Chuks Aneke opened the scoring with a 14th-minute penalty before Kieran Agard doubled the advantage with a spot-kick of his own in the second half.

Oldham responded almost immediately with a stunning strike from Tom Hamer but Paul Tisdale’s men saw out the remainder of the contest to record their first win in four matches and move back to within three points of the automatic promotion places.

Boss Tisdale made four changes to his starting XI while also handing a first home start to defender Russell Martin. Joe Walsh, Conor McGrandles, Ryan Harley and Aneke were the players brought in to the side, after starting last Saturday’s game on the bench.

MK Dons forced the game’s first corner five minutes in, following a move which started with some good work from Ryan Watson in the centre of the park. Walsh met the delivery from Dean Lewington but sent his header wide.

Watson was involved in the Dons’ next foray forward which led to another corner on the far side. The number 7 took the set piece and found the head of Walsh once more, but the defender couldn’t direct his effort on target.

Another attack down the right saw Alex Gilbey play a ball through to Watson, whose low cross into the mix was turned behind by a sliding Oldham defender. The corner led to an opportunity for Harley, whose curling right-footed effort flew just over the crossbar.

MK Dons continued to put the pressure on their visitors and they were handed a great chance to open the scoring in the 13th minute when Lewington, following some link-up play with Baily Cargill, was tripped inside the penalty area by Christopher Missilou.

Aneke stepped up to take the spot kick and he cooly converted from 12-yards to give the Dons an early lead and move on to 50 career league goals. 1-0.

Tisdale’s men were in again two minutes later with Watson getting to the byline. He, however, couldn’t connect with a teammate.

Oldham then forced their first meaningful attack with Callum Lang getting in down the right. He was denied by Baily Cargill. The Latics kept the chance alive and Missilou fired in a left-footed shot which Nicholls kept out.

Lang threatened once more on 20 minutes but saw his low drive denied by the feet of Lewington. MK Dons countered and Harley saw an effort of his own blocked on its way to goal.

The Latics continued to create openings and Urko Vera had an acrobatic effort fall just wide of Nicholls’ right upright midway through the first half. At the other end shortly afterwards, Cargill produced a diving save out of Daniel Iversen with a skidding left-footed effort.

The end-to-end nature of the contest meant it was Oldham who were due to have the next effort on goal and that’s what happened - Lang dragged a shot an inch or two wide of the post when well-placed from Vera’s cutback.

Oldham then forced a corner on 33 minutes from which Vera had an effort blocked by a crowd of Dons shirts at the far post. Aneke then cleared the danger with an excellent driving run over the half-way line.

A Lewington cross with 10 minutes left to play in the half led to a corner which MK Dons weren’t able to take advantage of. Oldham broke forward and Vera sent a dipping volley over Nicholls’ crossbar from inside the area.

Nicholls was called into action moments later, though, as the lively Missilou fired in a low drive which the MK Dons goalkeeper needed to go down and collect. He then watched on as his opposite number was forced into a save to keep out Watson’s placed effort from the edge of the D.

Watson then turned provider, with a deep cross which was headed away just in front of a lurking Agard.

That was the final chance of a positive first-half from Tisdale’s boys, who started the second period well with Gilbey forcing Iversen into a stop inside the opening 90 seconds.

Oldham, though, should have drawn level on 49 minutes when Vera received a pass on the edge of the six-yard box. He struck first time but Nicholls was there, in the way, to deny him an equaliser.

Some solid defending from Walsh and Martin then prevented the visitors having another attempt on goal moments later.

Nicholls was at it again in the 53rd minute to keep out a strike from Johan Branger-Engone. Tisdale decided it was a good time to change things up and replaced Harley with David Wheeler, who came on for his first Stadium MK appearance.

The winger was involved early and his run down the right, and subsequent play from Martin, led to a free-kick from which Walsh had a header saved by Iversen.

Another attack down the right almost led to a chance for Agard to double the lead but Aneke’s low cross was intercepted on its way through to his strike partner.

The Latics were then beginning to grow into the contest but Dons were handed a glorious opportunity to double their advantage on 65 minutes when Gilbey was brought down in the area following a driving run down the left. Agard took the penalty this time and, just like Aneke, made no mistake with his effort. 2-0.

Their two-goal advangtage, however, lasted just a minute as Tom Hamer reduced the deficit with a stunning effort from the edge of the area which left Nicholls with no chance. Nicholls had earlier kept out an effort with a great save. 2-1.

MK Dons, who brought on Houghton before the re-start, almost restored their two-goal cushion straight from kick-off but Aneke was denied a header at goal from Wheeler’s cross by some brilliant defending at the back stick.

Lewington then delivered a teasing free-kick which Iversen gathered without a touch from anyone inside the crowded penalty area.

Tisdale made his third and final change of the evening on 73 minutes, with Sow replacing Aneke up top. The Swede was involved as MK Dons broke forward in search of a third - Gilbey had the eventual effort but couldn’t beat Iversen.

Gilbey found himself in again on 79 minutes but, following a great run into the area, he couldn’t generate the power to trouble the Oldham goalkeeper with his shot.

Wheeler then went close with a header which struck the crossbar before Sow fizzed an effort goalwards which Iversen gathered.

MK Dons could have added a third from another excellent Lewington delivery but they weren't able to find the required touch to turn it home.

The officials awarded four minutes of additional time for the Dons to see out but in truth, they never really looked like surrendering their lead.

Sow even went close to adding to their lead with a stoppage-time effort which was saved. The whistle soon blew after the chance and the Dons were left to celebrate a confidence-boosting triumph.

Starting XI: Nicholls; Martin, Walsh, Cargill; Watson, McGrandles, Gilbey, Lewington (c); Harley (Wheeler 54); Agard (Houghton 67), Aneke (Sow 73).

Unused subs: Moore, Baudry, Brittain, D’Ath.

Goal: Aneke (pen 14), Agard (pen 65)

Referee: A Coggins

Attendance: 5,950 (165 away)

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