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Preview: Stevenage

All you need to know ahead of today's clash at Stadium MK...

16 March 2019

MK Dons return to Stadium MK this afternoon after two away trips to Macclesfield Town and Morecambe, respectively.

Paul Tisdale's side fell to their first defeat in six games at The Globe Arena on Tuesday and will be looking to banish any demons from that clash at the first time of asking later today.

The Dons can make it three straight Stadium MK wins with a victory over Stevenage, having overcome Newport County and Crawley Town respectively in their last two home outings.

A triumph would also see Tisdale's men move back into the automatic promotion places in Sky Bet League Two and put the pressure on incumbents Mansfield Town, who take on Lincoln City on Monday night.

Kick-off is at 3pm.

THE OPPOSITION!
Stevenage make the short journey to Stadium MK this afternoon, and will certainly pose a tough test for Tisdale's side as they found out in the reverse fixture earlier in the season.

Dino Maamria is currently at the helm at The Lamex Stadium and is currently amidst his first full season as Stevenage manager. Maamria enjoyed three separate spells with Stevenage as a player before taking on the managerial position in March 2018.

Currently plying his trade in Hertfordshire is former MK Dons striker Alex Revell, who has been with the Club since January 2018. Boro's squad boasts a number of experienced EFL faces including Scott Cuthbert, Michael Timlin and Joe Byrom. QPR youngster Ilias Chair has been impressing since arriving on loan in January, he's scored three times in seven starts for Stevenage.

LAST TIME OUT!
MK Dons fell to their first defeat in six games on Tuesday night, as they were beaten 4-2 by Morecambe. 

Jim Bentley's side ran up a three-goal lead courtesy of two first-half finishes and one early in the second.

Kieran Agard came off the bench to net twice and give Paul Tisdale's men some hope but their dreams of a dramatic comeback vanished with five minutes to play when Aaron Collins scored a fourth.

Alex Revell and Ilias Chair were on target for Stevenage, as they claimed a 2-0 win over Swindon Town on Tuesday evening.

FIGHTING TALK!
Paul Tisdale: "Stevenage will provide us with a certain test, and we need to be ready for it. We'll prepare for it with three points in mind."

Dino Maamria: "We have a got a big game at MK Dons on Saturday, a team we know pretty well. We beat them here, probably our best game of the season was against them. I have got to make sure I look after the players next couple of days and pick the right team to try and get a positive result at MK Dons.".

TEAM NEWS!
Paul Tisdale didn't appear to suggest any of his players would return in time for today's clash at Stadium MK. 

Providing an update on Tuesday evening, Tis said, "We don't have the full extent of his injury yet. We won't have [Joe Walsh], Baily [Cargill], Mathieu Baudry, Jordan Moore-Taylor or George Williams – I don't think they'll be back this Saturday."

For Stevenage, Danny Newton will be out for a prolonged spell with an ankle injury while Jamal Campbell-Ryce is a long-term absentee.

OFFICIALS!
Martin Coy will take charge of today's affair. It'll be the first time he's overseen an MK Dons game this season.

He most recently run the rule over a Dons game back in December 2017, during MK Dons' 4-1 win over Maidstone United in the Emirates FA Cup.

Mr Coy has officiated 29 matches this campaign, producing a total of 83 yellow cards and showing just two reds.

His assistant referees are Christopher Kidd and Gregory Read while the fourth official is Craig Taylor.

HEAD TO HEAD!
This will be the 12th clash between MK Dons and Stevenage, with the latter boasting the better record in the clash.

The Dons have run out winners on four occasions, their last a 3-2 victory at The Lamex Stadium back in 2014. Jordan Spence, Ben Reeves and Dean Lewington were on the scoresheet that day.

The two sides met most recently back in November and it was Stevenage who ran out 3-2.

SKY BET ODDS!
Dons win - 8/13
Draw - 3/1
Stevenage win - 4/1

Click HERE for more Sky Bet odds, with up to 118 more odds available for this fixture.

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FOLLOW IT LIVE!
Tickets are priced from £22 adults, £17 over-65s and £7 under-18s while under-12s go FREE with a Young Dons members. This includes entry to the Marshall Arena Fan Zone from midday.

Supporters can upgrade their seat to East Centre for just £5 more while an upgrade to clubRed is available for a £10 premium.

Don’t forget, with a Club Dons membership you can enjoy a £5 discount on 10 EFL matches during the 2018/19 season - Young Dons members are entitled to £1 off all 2018/19 EFL matches.

Season Ticket holders can also bring a friend for FREE on one occasion during the campaign while Premier Members can do so twice.

To book tickets click HERE, visit the Box Office or call 0333 200 5343. Tickets will also be available from the cash-only ticket booths right up until kick-off.

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 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 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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Match Reports

Report: MK Dons 1-1 Stevenage

Aneke salvages a point for Paul Tisdale's men...

16 March 2019

Chuks Aneke scored a late equaliser to salvage a point for MK Dons at home to Stevenage and lift Paul Tisdale's back into the automatic promotion places.

Boro attacker Ilias Chair scored a stunning long-range strike on the half-hour mark but the hosts cancelled that out late on through Chuks Aneke’s 17th goal of the season.

The result lifts the Dons back into the automatic promotion places in Sky Bet League Two, one point ahead of Mansfield Town who entertain leaders Lincoln City on Monday.

They therefore remain fourth in the Sky Bet League Two table, adrift of the automatic promotion places on goal difference.

Boss Tisdale was boosted by the return of Mathieu Baudry and Cargill, who came into the starting XI as two of four changes. The other big switches saw Lee Nicholls replace Stuart Moore in goal and top goalscorer Kieran Agard come back into the side in place of Chuks Aneke.

The first chance of the contest fell the way of the visitors, Stevenage, and it was former MK Dons striker Alex Revell who had the opportunity. He raced onto Kurtis Guthrie’s header but saw his low shot comfortably saved by Nicholls.

MK Dons responded and were awarded a free-kick for a foul on Alex Gilbey down the left flank. Jordan Houghton took it and almost caught Paul Farmon off guard - unfortunately, the Boro keeper managed to get across in time to keep the ball out.

On 10 minutes, Paul Tisdale’s men had penalty appeals waved away by Martin Coy despite David Wheeler appearing to be bundled over in the box while trying to connect with Dean Lewington’s deep cross.

Revell then had another sight of goal moments later but Baudry did enough to prevent the Stevenage striker from getting enough power behind his shot to trouble Nicholls.

There was a stoppage in play shortly after when Wheeler took a whack from Michael Timlin as the pair chased a loose ball. The blow forced Wheeler off the pitch, with Chuks Aneke brought on as his replacement.

While the Dons adjusted to the change, Stevenage attacked with several balls into the box which the defence dealt with. They then saw Hesketh curl a shot into the arms of Farman from 25-yards out, on the counter.

Tisdale’s men then earned a corner from which Russell Martin, with his back to goal, sent an acrobatic effort over the crossbar.

The Dons were in control of proceedings as the game moved past the half-hour mark but it was Stevenage who took the lead courtesy of a stunning long-range strike from Chair, who found the bottom corner of Nicholls’ net from all of 30-yards. 0-1.

There were nine minutes left for the Dons to restore parity before the break and they thought they had done so right away but Agard’s low ball was put inches wide by a touch off a Boro defender. From the resulting corner, Gilbey saw a half-volley blocked.

At the other end of the field, Stevenage were awarded a free-kick right on the edge of the area for a what Mr. Coy deemed to be a foul on Chair. The QPR loanee took the set-piece himself but saw his attempt blocked by the Dons’ wall.

Minutes later, Baudry then produced a vital clearance inside his own six-yard box to prevent Chair’s low cross being tapped home by a teammate.

The final chance of the first half fell the way of MK Dons. Hesketh got the byline before picking out Agard with a low cross - the Club’s top goalscorer, however, could only stab his effort over the bar.


Tisdale’s side emerged for the second half with a second change to their line-up - Conor McGrandles on in place of Baudry, which brought with it a switch in formation too, as the Dons reverted to a back four.

Within two minutes of the re-start, Brittain sent a cross into the area and it was just a yard or two in front of an outstretched Aneke at the far post. Houghton later delivered another cross from the right but this one was cleared away.

Stevenage countered back and Revell had a deflected effort saved by Nicholls. Revell then had a header saved by the MK Dons number one from Chair’s cross.

On 51 minutes, MK Dons won a corner from which Cargill headed over. From a latter attacking move, Martin was denied a stunning first goal for the Club by a terrific save from Farman, who somehow got down to the defender’s low drive and kept it out with help from his crossbar.

Tisdale was forced into his third and final change moments later as Cargill limped off, with Robbie Simpson brought on in his place.

His side went agonisingly close to equalising with 65 minutes on the clock but McGrandles’ curling free-kick struck the post with Farman beaten. Hesketh went just as close with a stunning left-footed strike which sailed just wide of the left upright.

With 14 minutes to play, a corner taken by McGrandles was flicked onto the head of Agard but he failed to convert from close-range.

It took until the 83rd minute for the Dons to finally get back on level terms and it was Aneke on target. A cross-field pass from Martin was flicked onto Gilbey by Simpson, and the midfielder cooly delivered back across goal for Aneke to volley home from close range. 1-1.

Gilbey tried his luck shortly after the re-start as he and his teammates searched for a late winner - his strike flew over the crossbar.

The Dons continued to huff and puff but so did Stevenage, who twice went close to winning the match late on.

In the end, both sides settled for a point - a point which nudges Paul Tisdale’s men back into the top-three.

Starting XI: Nicholls; Martin, Baudry (McGrandles 46), Cargill (Simpson 61); Brittain, Gilbey, Houghton, Lewington (c); Hesketh; Wheeler (Aneke 22), Agard.

Unused subs: Moore, Cisse, Harley, Walker.

Goal: Aneke (82)


Referee: M Coy

Attendance: 7,365 (586 away)

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