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Preview: Macclesfield Town

All you need to know ahead of today’s clash at Stadium MK…

17 November 2018

MK Dons return to Stadium MK for the first time in over three weeks , as they play hosts to Macclesfield Town.

Paul Tisdale’s side are currently unbeaten in their last nine Sky Bet League Two games, while no side in the division has picked up more points than the Dons in their last 10 games.

The Dons will certainly have to be cautious of Macclesfield, as The Silkmen have already shown this season they have the ability to take points off the teams at the top of the table. 

They’ve picked up points from Mansfield Town, Forest Green Rovers, and Newport County this season – while Lincoln City scored an 87th-minute winner to beat Macclesfield in September. 

Kick-Off is at 3pm.

Macclesfield returned to the EFL after a six-year absence having won the Vanarama National League by a ten-point margin last season. The man who guided them to promotion, John Askey, left for Shrewsbury over the Summer with Mark Yates handed the reigns at Moss Rose.

Yates recruited a number of fresh faces in the Summer transfer window, however, his squad suffered a number of injuries leaving the Silkmen winless in the opening two months of the season.

His two assistant, Neil Howarth and Danny Whitaker took over as joint Caretaker Managers and with a 2-1 win over Carlisle ended their winless league run of 36 EFL games without a win.

MK Dons were eliminated from the Checkatrade Trophy at the Group Stage after a 3-2 defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion Under-21s.

Brighton had to come from behind to pick up the win after an Aaron Connolly hat-trick secured the victory for Simon Rusk's side. The Dons had taken an early lead through Kieran Agard's strike before Connolly drew The Seagulls level for the first time. 

Hancox then scored his first goal in a Dons shirt to send Tisdale's side in 2-1 up at the break with the lead, before Connolly netted second of the evening after the break to put Brighton back ahead. The Brighton man then completed his hat-trick with 15-minutes left to play and in the process eliminated the Dons from the competition. 

Meanwhile, goals from Ben Stephens and Koby Arthur gave Macclesfield Town a 2-1 win over West Bromwich Albion Under-21s in their Checkatrade Trophy Ground Stage game as they came from behind to pick up three Group Stage points.

Joe Walsh could miss today's clash as he awaits the results of a scan on the injury he sustained against Brighton & Hove Albion Under-21s in midweek.

Should be unable to go, the Dons have a ready-made replacement in Jordan Moore-Taylor, who is back available after a spell on the sidelines.

Elsewhere, Osman Sow has returned to training and discussions are being had to determine when he will be ready to return to match action.

Peter Pawlett, however, is unavailable due to a niggle he has picked up while recovering from a foot problem - he is expected to be out for at least another week. Ryan Harley and Mathieu Baudry remain absent too.

MK Dons wins: 3
MK Dons wins at home: 2
Last MK Dons win: 1-0, 7th Nov 2009 (Stadium MK)
Biggest MK Dons win: 3-0, 13th Mar 2007 (National Hockey Stadium)

Draws: 2
Draws at home: 1
Last draw: 1-1, 29th Jan 2008 (Stadium MK)

Macclesfield wins: 0

Experienced Premier League referee Andre Marriner will take charge of today’s clash at Stadium MK – his 12th game of the season - he’s so far issued 32 yellow cards and two reds.

He last officiated an MK Dons game back in September 2014 during their 2-1 defeat to Bradford at Stadium MK. 

Scott Ledger and Edward Smart are his assistant referees, while the fourth official is Craig Hicks.

Full-time result
MK Dons win: 1/3
Draw: 19/5
Macclesfield win: 15/2

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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.

Veterans, serving soldiers and cadets are entitled to a FREE ticket to this weekend's match with Macclesfield Town. Eligible supporters can claim their complimentary ticket at the Box Office by producing appropriate ID. Accompanying friends and family attend at a rate of £17 adults, £12 seniors and £6 under-18s.

To book 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.

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 mkdons.com’s Match Centre, which can be accessed by visiting the home page from 1pm.

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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Report: MK Dons 2-0 Macclesfield Town

Goals from Aneke and Agard send Paul Tisdale's men top...

17 November 2018

MK Dons moved top of the Sky Bet League Two table courtesy of a 2-0 victory over Macclesfield Town at Stadium MK.

Chuks Aneke opened the scoring for Paul Tisdale’s men early in the second half with his 10th goal of the season before Kieran Agard maintained his fine goalscoring run and doubled the advantage 13 minutes later, securing the points in the process.

Boss Tisdale was forced into one change with Joe Walsh unavailable for selection following the injury he sustained in midweek. Jordan Moore-Taylor, who had been sidelined with an injury of his own, returned in his place.

After a well-observed minute’s silence to mark the recent Armistice Centenary, MK Dons started bright and earned themselves a corner just two minutes in. Dean Lewington’s delivery was met by the head of Baily Cargill but his effort deflected wide off a teammate.

Soon after, Aneke got on the end of deep cross and headed back into the path of Agard, who was just beaten to the ball by Fiacre Kelleher.

Macclesfield then offered their first threat as Elliott Durrell fired a right-footed shot into the mix which was blocked by the stomach of Moore-Taylor. His defensive partner Cargill then slid in to block a low shot from Ben Stephens.

Stephens later got his head to a cross from Harry Smith but glanced the ball wide of the target before Aneke sent a looping effort into the arms of Kieran O’Hara at the other end of the pitch - Aneke’s chance created after an excellent forward pass from Cargill.

Another opportunity fell the way of Aneke in the 23rd minute, after Brittain nodded down a ball forward from Gilbey. The MK Dons number 10 collected the pass and drilled ferociously over the crossbar.

Healey then went close to a stunning open goal as he sent a volley agonisingly wide of the post from the edge of the area. A terrific strike which deserved to find its way into the net.

Shortler after, Macclesfield were presented with a glorious chance to break the deadlock as Stephens pounced on a loose pass. His long-range effort, though, was straight at Nicholls.

MK Dons had the ball in the net on 27 minutes but were denied by the linesman’s flag - Agard adjudged to have been in an offside position as he collected a through pass and cooly finished beyond O’Hara.

On the half-hour, Cargill met another corner from the right and forced O’Hara into a save. Stephens then wasted another excellent opportunity for the visitors as he failed to direct his close-range header past Nicholls.

Danny Whitaker curled an effort over the bar two minutes later before Moore-Taylor saw an ambitious long-range deflect wide of the left-hand upright. From the resulting corner, O’Hara collected a header from Williams which needed a touch from a Dons shirt in the six-yard box.

MK Dons came back again and Aneke almost set up Agard inside the area but the latter saw the ball nicked off his toes at the crucial moment. Agard then tried to return the favour to Aneke but saw his pass intercepted.

The pressure remained and Tisdale’s men threatened again through Jordan Houghton, whose drive towards the near post was saved well by O’Hara. MK Dons then had a second goal disallowed for a foul on the goalkeeper - Williams the man whose goal it was that was chalked off.

Macclesfield tried to edge in front just before the break but Durrell’s low drive was blocked brilliantly by Cargill.

MK Dons started the second half on the front foot with Agard and Aneke both going close - the latter firing wide from a tight angle after gathering a loose ball in the box.

Nicholls was then called into action to gather a first-time effort from Whitaker before Brittain produced a save out of O’Hara from 25 yards. Gilbey also tried his luck from distance, after a driving run forward from the half-way line bit he couldn’t find the target with his right foot.

It took until the 52nd minute but MK Dons finally broke the deadlock courtesy of their leading marksman Aneke. He took his total for the season into double figures in some style, collecting a ball on the edge of the area, moving it onto his left foot and then curling a delightful effort beyond the outstretched arm of O’Hara into the far corner. 1-0.

Tisdale’s side went about extending their lead straight from kick-off but Brittain couldn’t keep his effort down. A neat flick from Agard shortly afterwards almost caught out O’Hara but the Silkmen stopper saved.

In the 56th minute, Willams’ low cross was blocked at the near post moments before Aneke fired wide when in search of his second goal. Macclesfield then offered a reminder of their attacking threat with Michael Rose drilling just wide of goal from distance.

Aneke tried to replicate his earlier goal from the edge of the D but, with his right-foot this time, sent the effort high and wide.

It was up to Aneke’s strike partner, Agard, to double the advantage and, in turn, net in his fourth successive game. The in-from striker beat the offside trap to latch onto Gilbey’s brilliant through pass and then, after moving into space inside the area, sent a low shot under O’Hara for 2-0.

That was Agard’s last involvement as he was replaced by Lawson D’Ath. Aneke was also withdrawn, with 17-year-old Dylan Asonganyi on in his absence.

Macclesfield, despite being down two goals, remained a threat on the attack and had anyone been in support of Smith up top, they may have found themselves on the scoresheet from his header across goal. Arthur also threatened but dragged his low shot wide of the target.

MK Dons rode the storm and began to assert their dominance once again. Asongnayi went agonisingly close to adding a third with a rifled effort which flew just over the crossbar, following some dedicated work from Healey.

Tisdale's men then saw out the remainder of the contest with relative ease to secure the points to send them above Lincoln City in the table.

Starting XI: Nicholls; Williams, Moore-Taylor, Cargill; Brittain, Gilbey, Houghton, Lewington; Healey (Simpson 88), Aneke (Asonganyi 71), Agard (D’Ath 67).

Unused subs: Moore, Watson, Hancox, McGrandles.

Goals: Aneke (52), Agard (65)

Booked: Cargill, Lewington

Attendance: 7,087 (237 away)


Referee: A Marriner

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