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Preview: Stevenage

All you need to know ahead of today’s Sky Bet League Two clash...

24 November 2018

MK Dons are back on the road this afternoo as they make the short journey to the Lamex Stadium for their Sky Bet League Two clash with Stevenage.

Paul Tisdale's side are currently unbeaten in their last nine Sky Bet League Two games. They'll be looking to maintain their impressive away form that has seen them pick up 16 points from a possible 27 on their travels.

The Dons will face a tough Stevenage outfit – as Dino Maamria's side have conceded just seven times at home this season.

Kick-off is at 3pm.

Having been with the Club as a player for three years, as well as serving as both first-team coach, and Assistant Manager during separate spells – Maamira was handed the reigns at The Lamex Stadium in March 2018.

The 47-year-old previously enjoyed stints as manager of Northwich Victoria, Southport and Nuneaton Town before making the move to Hertfordshire. His side currently sit 9th in the Sky Bet League Two table – just two points off a play-off position. 

It was certainly a busy summer for The Boro with 14 new faces arriving at the Club on permanent deals, with a further two joining on loan deals. The likes of Jamal Campbell-Ryce, Scott Cuthbert, Michael Timlin and Joel Byrom injected EFL experience to the squad with Emmanuel Sonupe, James Ball and Luther Wildin earning moves Non-League Football.

They also managed to retain the services of highly rated striker Danny Newton who so far this season has scored three goals in 16 appearances.

MK Dons maintained their impressive Sky Bet League Two form as they ran out 2-0 winners 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.

An early red card to Kurtis Guthrie left Stevenage with a mountain to climb last Saturday. Jay O’Shea netted a brace before Danny Mayor and Eoghan O’Connell added to the scoring late on – leaving The Shakers as 4-0 winners.

MK Dons will be without two central defenders in Joe Walsh and Baily Cargill.

Walsh looks set to be sidelined until the New Year with an injury sustained during the Checkatrade Trophy tie with Brighton & Hove Albion while Cargill is suspended after tallying five bookings.

The duo join an absentee list that includes Osman Sow, Peter Pawlett, Ryan Harley and Mathieu Baudry although Sow is back in training.

Dons wins: 4
Dons wins at The Lamex Stadium: 2
Last Dons win at The Lamex Stadium: 3-2, 22 Mar, 2014 (The Lamex Stadium)
Biggest win: 4-1, 28 Sep, 2013 (Stadium MK)

Draws: 2
Draws at The Lamex Stadium: 1
Last draw at The Lamex Stadium: 0-0, 6th Nov 2010
Last draw: 0-0 (Checkatrade Trophy after 90 Minutes) 3 Oct, 2017 (Stadium MK)

Stevenage wins: 4
Stevenage wins at The Lamex Stadium: 2
Last Stevenage win: 2-1. 8 Oct, 2013 (The Lamex Stadium)
Biggest Stevenage win: 4-2, 24 Jan 2012 (The Lamex Stadium)

Brett Huxtable will run the rule over this afternoon's clash – he'll be overseeing his third MK Dons of the season in the process - so far this season he's issued 53 yellow cards and three reds.

Andrew Williams and Paul Yates are his assistant referees, while Michael Webb is the fourth official.

Full-time result
MK Dons win: 4/5
Draw: 13/5
Stevenage win: 10/3

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Tickets can be bought at the Lamex Stadium ahead of kick-off, cash only. Tickets are priced at £22 adults, £20 concessions*, £15 under-18s and £10 under-12s.

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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: Stevenage 3-2 MK Dons

Paul Tisdale's men fall to defeat at the Lamex Stadium...

24 November 2018

MK Dons fell to only their second league defeat of the season at the Lamex Stadium, losing 3-2 to Stevenage.

Boro opened the scoring through Steve Seddon but goals from Rhys Healey and Kieran Agard put Paul Tisdale’s men in the driving seat with 20 minutes left to play.

Scott Cuthbert, though, levelled for the hosts in the 86th minute before Ben Kennedy won the contest in the closing stages of regulation time with a free-kick.

The result sees the Dons drop back to second in the Sky Bet League Two table because of their inferior goal difference to now-leaders Lincoln City.

Boss Tisdale made one enforced change to his starting XI due to the suspension of Baily Cargill. The centre-back picked up his fifth booking of campaign in the 2-0 victory over Macclesfield Town and was replaced in defence by Mitch Hancox, who made his first league appearance for the Dons.

Hancox started in the left wing-back position with captain Dean Lewington sliding inside to the centre of defence. He was involved inside the opening 20 seconds, finding Aneke who, in turn, played in Agard - his deflected effort was saved by Seny Dieng.

The debutant created another opportunity two minutes later, delivering a first-time cross for Agard, whose header fell wide of the left upright.

Stevenage then enjoyed a spell of possession but the MK Dons defend did well to deal with the several long balls sent into the box from wide areas.

On 11 minutes, Tisdale’s men had the ball in the net but Healey was adjudged to be in an offside position as he latched onto Agard’s pass and fired a right-footed shot past Dieng.

MK Dons won themselves a corner shortly afterwards from which Hancox sent an 18-yard strike over the crossbar.

Tisdale’s side arguably edged the opening exchanges but it was the hosts who would break the deadlock on 21 minutes courtesy of Steve Seddon.

Boro broke forward down the right and a deep cross into the area was met by Revell, who headed back across goal to Seddon, who dove down and nodded in the opening goal. 1-0.

MK Dons responded well and forced several corners and free-kicks but it was a moment of individual brilliance from Healey which drew them level.

The Cardiff City loanee collected a pass from Aneke on the edge of the box in the 28th minute and bent a beautiful right-footed shot around the right-stretched arm of Dieng and into the far corner. 1-1.

Tisdale’s men almost doubled their lead with 10 minutes to go until the break. Aneke played an excellent pass out win to Brittain, whose fierce cross was met by Williams - the defender, though, couldn’t convert from close range.

Stevenage threatened the scoreline with 60 seconds left to play in the half but Jordan Moore-Taylor, having a great game in the centre of defence, denied Ben Kennedy as he looked to pull the trigger inside the area.

MK Dons, though, had an even better opportunity to take a lead into the break a minute into stoppage time. Aneke raced onto a through ball, spotted Dieng off his line and beat him with a lob.

The effort bounced wide of the target but Agard reacted and met the ball with a header which struck the woodwork. Agard had a second bite at the cherry as the loose ball bounced back into play but he put over with an acrobatic effort.

Boro had the first chance of the second half and it was a decent one for Seddon, who couldn’t adjust his feet in time to trouble Nicholls from a low cross. At the other end shortly after, Aneke came within an inch of meeting a cross from Lewington.

On 56 minutes, Brittain fired wide with a right-footed strike from distance after Stevenage only half-cleared a free-kick delivered in by Lewington. Tisdale then made his first substitution of the afternoon as replaced Hancox with Ryan Watson - a switch which saw the Dons revert to a 4-4-2 formation.

Moments after the chance, Healey went agonisingly close to putting his side ahead but his goal-bound shot was brilliantly saved by Dieng. From the resulting corner, Healey had another opportunity but volleyed over from the edge of the area.

MK Dons kept their foot on the gas and they were able to edge in front in the 67th minute courtesy of a man in the form of his life - Agard - who rose brilliantly to meet a cross from Watson and then loop a header over Dieng. 1-2.

Stevenage went in search of a response and Kennedy curled a shot wide with 15 minutes left to play. Moments later, Ben Nugent let fly but saw his effort deflect wide.

At the other end, the Dons went about extending their advantage and in the space of a few seconds both Healey and Houghton had a go - the latter firing over from 20 yards.

Tisdale made his second alteration with seven minutes to play, introducing Robbie Simpson in place of Aneke.

His team, though, surrendered their lead shortly after as Cuthbert fired in a loose ball after MK Dons failed to deal with a free-kick sent into the area. 2-2.

Then, with a minute to go, the hosts took the lead through Kennedy, who sent a free-kick in off the crossbar. 3-2.

Seven minutes were added on by the fourth official, which gave the Dons time to salvage a point from the contest but aside from several balls into the box they weren’t able to fashion a chance to do so.

Starting XI: Nicholls; Williams, Moore-Taylor, Lewington (c); Brittain, Gilbey, Houghton, Hancox (Watson 62); Agard, Aneke (Simpson 83), Healey.

Unused subs: Moore, Cisse, McGrandles, D’Ath, Asonganyi.

Goals: Healey (28), Agard (67)

Booked: Gilbey, Williams, Watson

Referee: B Huxtable

Attendance: 3,263 (826 away)

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