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Preview: Yeovil Town

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

23 March 2019

MK Dons are back in action this after as they welcome Yeovil Town to Stadium MK for their latest Sky Bet League Two fixture.

MK Dons enter today's game outside the top three in Sky Bet League Two but level on points with Mansfield Town, who occupy that third and final automatic promotion spot.

The Dons can make it four games unbeaten at Stadium MK this afternoon, having overcome Newport County and Crawley Town at home before last weekend's 1-1 draw with Stevenage.

Under-18s can watch the encounter for just £1, while adults can attend for just £10! 

Kick-off is at 3pm.

THE OPPOSITION!
Yeovil enter today's encounter just three points clear of the dreaded relegation spots, with Macclesfield Town currently occupying 22nd position in the table.

Darren Way is currently at the helm at Huish Park, a position he has held since December 2015. Way enjoyed three separate spells as a player with The Glovers and made over 200 appearances for the Club

Having had spells as both First-Team Coach and Assistant Manager, Way was handed managerial duties on a full-time basis just over three years ago. Since then he's been able to maintain Yeovil's position in the Football League something he'll be looking to repeat once again this season.

LAST TIME OUT!
Chuks Aneke scored a late equaliser to salvage a point for MK Dons at home to Stevenage last Saturday.

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.

Yeovil Town, meanwhile, tasted defeat last Saturday at the hands of Macclesfield Town. Sol Campbell's side took the lead thanks to James Pearson's strike.

The lead was doubled shortly before the half-time whistle when Harry Smith converted from Reece Cole's cross.

Yeovil threatened the Macclesfield goal, but were unable to find a way past a resilient Silkman defence.

FIGHTING TALK!
MK Dons manager Paul Tisdale: "We treat every opponent with respect, we start with that. I remember they went to Coventry [City] last season and scored five or six. Darren and his team are capable of pulling that rabbit from the hat, but we hope he leaves that for next week."

Yeovil defender Adel Gafaiti: "If [MK Dons] have good attackers then we have to make sure we defend well. We're going to be ready for it. They can be the third best attackers in the league but they can be sure that we will come there and be ready for them and they will have a very, very hard challenge."

TEAM NEWS!
Paul Tisdale provided updates on both David Wheeler and Baily Cargill who both withdrew from the Stevenage clash due to injury.

On David Wheeler, Tisdale said, "It could keep him out the game. He hasn't trained all week. He will be able to run around, but it was a very nasty thump to his face. We have to make sure we have a duty to make sure a follow-up thump wouldn't make any more damage."

Meanwhile, speaking about Baily Cargill, Tis commented, "Baily is an odd one. We've had a gut-full of centre backs having injuries and surprising injuries, and this is one of them. He jumped, landed and hurt his ankle. I can't afford to make any decisions early - with Baily, I'll be waiting until the last minute."

Tis didn't provide updates on Joe Walsh, Jordan Moore-Taylor and George Williams.

Yeovil midfielder Sessi D'Almeida will miss the clash as he serves the second match of his suspension.

OFFICIALS!
Andy Woolmer 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 January 2018, during MK Dons' 3-1 defeat against Oxford United.

Mr Woolmer has officiated 23 matches this campaign, producing a total of 61 yellow cards and showing just two reds.

His assistant referees are Adrian Waters and James Mainwaring while the fourth official is Darren England.

HEAD TO HEAD!
This will be the 17th clash between MK Dons and Yeovil, with the Dons boasting the better record in the clash.

The Dons have run out winners on six occasions, their last the famous 5-1 victory on the final day of the 2014-15 season to secure promotion into the Sky Bet Championship.

In the reverse fixture back in September 2018, the two sides were forced to share the spoils after goals from Kieran Agard and Olufela Olomola ensured the points were shared.

SKY BET ODDS!
Dons win - 1/2
Draw - 3/1
Yeovil win - 5/1

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

ELSEWHERE IN SKY BET LEAGUE TWO!
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Cheltenham Town v Northampton Town
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Crawley Town v Lincoln City
Grimsby Town v Bury
Macclesfield Town v Stevenage
Mansfield Town v Crewe Alexandra
Notts County v Exeter City 
Port Vale v Forest Green Rovers
Swindon Town v Morecambe

FOLLOW IT LIVE!
Under-18s can watch MK Dons' Sky Bet League Two encounter with Yeovil Town for just £1, while adult tickets are priced from only £10.

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.

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 2-0 Yeovil Town

Harley and Aneke on target in Stadium MK success...

23 March 2019

MK Dons moved back into the automatic promotion places in Sky Bet League Two courtesy of a professional 2-0 victory over Yeovil Town at Stadium MK.

Ryan Harley put the Dons ahead with his second goal of the campaign before Chuks Aneke doubled the lead late in the second half with a terrific solo goal.

The result lifts Paul Tisdale’s men into third in the Sky Bet League Two and within two points of second-place Bury.

Boss Tisdale made two changes to his starting XI with Joe Walsh and Ryan Harley replacing Baily Cargill and Mathieu Baudry - the former returning from a short spell on the sidelines.

His side were the first to threaten the scoreline, inside the opening minute. Kieran Agard raced onto a long ball forward but saw his tame right-footed shot saved by Nathan Baxter. Shortly after, Walsh found himself inside the Yeovil penalty area but his low cross was intercepted by a Glovers defender on its way to Agard.

Yeovil then registered their first shot on target - a header from Gary Warren which was saved well by Lee Nicholls. MK Dons broke forward from Nicholls’ quick throw but Alex Gilbey was dispossessed on the edge of the area.

Nicholls kept out another header on eight minutes, this time from Francois Zoko. The Dons then saw a Dean Lewington strike deflect wide moments later from a free-kick award for a foul on Gilbey.

That left Gilbey with a noticeable limp, which would force him off the field early on. Before that, though, he would watch on as Ryan Harley put MK Dons ahead with his second goal of the campaign. Lewington’s free-kick wasn’t dealt with by the visitors and the ball ran out to Harley, who sent neatly rolled home a first-time effort into the bottom right corner. 1-0.

Before the re-start, Gilbey was replaced by Conor McGrandles - a straight swap which saw the Scotsman slot in, in central midfield.

Not looking to let the loss of Gilbey affect them, MK Dons went in search of a second goal. Jake Hesketh and Harley each tried their luck from range with fiercely-struck volleys but both saw their attempts blocked.

On 22 minutes, Hesketh dinked a ball over the top of the Yeovil defence for Agard but Baxter was able to gobble up for the Glovers. At the other end of the pitch, Alex Dobre sent in a cross for Zoko, who was quickly dispossessed by Walsh before he could think about shooting.

Harley fired a low shot in on the half-hour mark, in an attempt to double both his and the Dons’ tally but was denied by Baxter. Credit to Russell Martin in the build-up for his excellent cross-field pass.

Yeovil forced a period of pressure shortly afterwards but the Dons were able to keep them at bay. Tisdale’s side then went close to a second but a defender just got to Agard’s low cross ahead of Hesketh, who would have had a simple finish.

With four minutes remaining the half, Zoko had a glorious opportunity to draw his side level but was denied by a strong save from Nicholls, diving down to his left.

After that, the Dons saw penalty appeals waved away by referee Andy Woolmer who, in fact, booked Hesketh for simulation. That was the final action of the first half.

Tisdale’s men emerged from the break with a second change to the line-up - Chuks Aneke on in place of Wheeler.

They were denied what would have been a certain second goal by a terrific block from Carl Dickinson on McGrandles - the Scot looked set to tuck away from Hesketh’s neat pass until the defender’s tackle.

Houghton followed up with a left-footed shot which he sent high and wide from 25-yards out. He then put in a defensive shift to Matt Worthington’s effort troubling Nicholls.

McGrandles did the same just a minute later and MK Dons dealt with the resulting corner. They then broke forward with Hesketh, whose cutback was met by Agard, who saw a right-footed shot deflect wide of the left upright. Hesketh fired wide from the corner.

On 54 minutes, Aneke teed up Hesketh inside the area but he was quickly closed down and his shot was blocked. Brittain then delivered a low cross which was stabbed away in front of Agard.

Stadium MK was then breathing a huge sigh of relief as Zoko missed a fantastic chance to equalise. He was found well by teammate Dobre but, unmarked, he failed to convert from close range.

The Glovers kept their foot on the pedal and made two attacking substitutions - one of which saw former Dons striker Ryan Seager enter the contest. Seager spent time on loan at Stadium MK during the 2016/17 season.

Shortly after the change, the Dons were awarded a free-kick for a foul on Hesketh. Lewington took the set piece but saw his curling effort saved by Baxter.

Yeovil continued to push forward in search of a leveller even at the expense of leaving space for MK Dons to counter into.

With 20 minutes to play, Tisdale made his third and final change, introducing Ouss Cisse in place of Brittain. Moments after the change, Seager dragged a right-footed shot wide from just inside the penalty area.

Aneke, looking to put the game beyond doubt, fired wide from 25 yards after doing well to shrug off the challenge of Bevis Mugabi. He had another opportunity on 73 minutes but blasted over from a tight angle.

You had the feeling he wouldn’t miss a third opportunity and he didn’t. Collecting the ball on the right-hand flank, Aneke drove across the pitch and into the penalty area, navigating his way past a handful of Yeovil defenders before sending a low shot under Baxter and into the net. 2-0.

Aneke tried his luck again but this time saw a Yeovil defender get in his way at the near post. He nor his teammates were able to add to the score but, crucially, neither did Yeovil. 2-0 the final score.

Starting XI: Nicholls; Martin, Houghton, Walsh; Brittain (Cisse 71), Gilbey (McGrandles 15), Harley, Lewington (c); Hesketh; Wheeler (Aneke 46), Agard.

Unused subs: Moore, Watson, D’Ath, Simpson.

Goals: Harley (14), Aneke (82)

Booked: Wheeler, Booked

Referee: A Woolmer

Attendance: 7,593 (345 away)

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