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Preview: Northampton Town

All you need to know ahead of day’s Sky Bet League Two clash at Stadium MK…

20 October 2018

MK Dons will be looking to make it four consecutive Sky Bet League Two wins thafternoon as they welcome Northampton Town to Stadium MK.

It’s the first time since 2015 that the Dons have won three league matches in succession, while Paul Tisdale’s side are also yet to concede a goal in the month of October.

The month started with a 2-0 win away to Port Vale before overcoming Cheltenham Town 3-0 at Stadium MK. Most recently, the Dons travelled to Cambridge United, and backed by over 900 Dons supporters – they picked up all three points with a 1-0 win.

Northampton will certainly provide a stern test today as they are undefeated since the arrival of Keith Curle earlier this month. They come to Stadium MK having ended Forest Green Rovers’ unbeaten start to the season last weekend.

Kick-off is at 3pm.

Northampton Town were relegated from Sky Bet League Two last season in 22nd place and will be looking to regain promotion at the first time of asking. The season didn’t start how the Cobblers faithful would’ve wanted with the club winning just one of their opening 12 Sky Bet League Two games.

During that time, Dean Austin was relieved of his managerial duties with experienced EFL manager Keith Curle taking his place at the PTS Academy Stadium. Since the appointment of the 54-year-old Northampton are undefeated and picked up their first win under their new boss last weekend against Forest Green Rovers.

Northampton’s side contains a couple of ex-MK Dons players with Dean Bowditch and Daniel Powell among the ranks. Elsewhere in the side lies the likes of Junior Morais, Andy Williams, John-Joe O’Toole and Sam Foley – all of which boat plenty of experience.

Chuks Aneke’s first-half goal – and a third-straight league clean sheet – earned MK Dons a third consecutive Sky Bet League Two success last weekend, as they beat Cambridge United 1-0 at The Abbey Stadium. 

Andy Williams 97th-minute goal ensured Northampton Town ended Forest Green Rovers’ unbeaten start to the season. The Cobblers had initially gone behind to Reuben Reid’s first-half goal but goals from Aaron Pierre and Williams gave Curle his first Sky Bet League Two win as Northampton boss.

MK Dons manager Paul Tisdale confirmed that Conor McGrandles, Peter Pawlett, Ryan Harley and Mathieu Baudry have all been training, however, this afternoon's clash will likely come too soon for the quartet.

Tisdale was able to welcome back Lawson D’Ath to first-team action last weekend - the midfielder made his first appearance for the Dons since suffering an injury against Exeter City in late August.

Northampton Town midfielder Matt Crooks will miss today’s clash due to suspension, while Junior Morais is still a couple of weeks away from a return to football.

Brett Huxtable will take charge of today’s game at Stadium MK – his 13th game of the season.

So far, Mr Huxtable has issued 34 yellow cards and three reds – his last Dons game meanwhile was their 3-3 draw with Peterborough United in the Checkatrade Trophy earlier this season. That day he booked three players.

Sam Lewis and Akil Howson are his assistant referees, while the fourth official is Marc Wilson.

Dons wins: 7
Dons wins at Stadium MK: 5
Last Dons win: 5-3, 21 Jan 2017 (Stadium MK)
Biggest Dons win: 3-0, 19 Jan 2016 (Stadium MK)
 
Draws: 2
Draws at Stadium MK: 1
Last draw: 0-0, 26 Sep 2017 (Stadium MK)
 
Northampton wins: 3
Northampton wins at Stadium MK: 0
Last Northampton win: 2-1, 20 January 2018 (Sixfields)
Biggest Northampton win: 3-2, 4 Sep 2016 (Sixfields)

Result
Dons win: 3/4
Draw: 29/10
Northampton win: 10/3

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

Supporters outside the UK and Ireland can watch the match LIVE by purchasing a Match Pass – click HERE to buy!

iFollow MK Dons subscribers can also access live commentary of the 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 1-0 Northampton Town

Agard's fifth goal of the season seals the points...

20 October 2018

Kieran Agard’s first-half strike saw MK Dons beat Northampton Town 1-0 at Stadium MK - their fourth straight Sky Bet League Two victory.

Agard struck 30 seconds before the half-time whistle to put his side ahead - his fifth goal of the campaign - and he and his teammates did the rest after that, seeing out the remainder of the contest to secure a fourth successive clean sheet and the three points.

The result lifts MK Dons to third in the Sky Bet League Two table and sees them close the gap on leaders Lincoln City to five points.

Boss Tisdale made one change to the side which beat Cambridge United last weekend as Agard replaced Ryan Watson - an attacking change which saw MK Dons line up in a 3-4-3 formation.

His side made a fast start and had the ball in the net inside the opening minute - but the goal was disallowed for offside. Chuks Aneke did brilliantly in the build-up and found Agard, whose cross fell at the feet of Healey, who turned home from an offside position.

Northampton responded through Sam Foley, who forced Lee Nicholls into a routine save with a strike from distance.

The Dons attacked again soon after and Gilbey had a great chance to open the scoring but he couldn’t adjust his feet in time to convert from Agard’s low cross.

Nicholls was tested for a second time in the eighth minute courtesy of another long-range effort, this time from Sam Hoskins.

Tisdale’s men were producing some good football and they spent the majority of the opening quarter of an hour inside the Cobblers half and controlling the possession. They also won themselves several set pieces but weren’t able to take advantage.

The visitors worked their way into the MK Dons penalty area in the 20th minute but Hoskins’ resulting volley didn’t really trouble Nicholls between the sticks.

Aneke then headed wide at the other end before climbing within an inch of Healey’s inviting cross a minute later. At the other end, Nicholls produced a diving save to keep out Andy Williams’ fierce strike across goal.

MK Dons put together a fine attacking move in the 27th minute which start with Lewington setting away Healey down the left. Lewington had the ball returned to him and he delivered a deep cross to Aneke, who found Agard. The Dons’ number 14 controlled the ball on his chest and then sent an acrobatic volley just wide of the target.

Aneke met another cross seven minutes later and, again, tried to set up Agard but the ball was intercepted by Northampton stopper David Cornell.

The Dons maintained their control of the contest and another excellent move out from the back led to an opportunity for Aneke on the edge of the D but his looping effort was just about turned over by Cornell. Gilbey then tried his luck, sending a dipping volley just off target from 20 yards out.

Tisdale’s men arguably deserved a goal for their first-half efforts and they found it with 30 seconds remaining in the half.

They earned themselves a late corner on the near side which Lewington delivered to the far post. Moore-Taylor climbed well and headed the ball towards a lurking Agard, who volleyed home from close-range to give his side a lead at the break. 1-0.

Urged on by a vocal home support, the Dons made a strong start to the half and they should have been two-nil to the good within two minutes of the re-start but Healey failed to convert after a one-two with Aneke in the box.

On 55 minutes, Gilbey - who was having a dominant game in the middle of the park - raced onto a through pass from Houghton and fired a shot just wide of the right-hand upright.

Northampton offered a threat just after the hour mark with a deep cross which Williams did brilliantly to head away, with his namesake Andy lurking behind him.

Moments later, at the other end of the field, Walsh went agonisingly close to a stunning goal - a deft flick from a Williams cross which Cornell superbly kept out.

From the resulting corner, the Dons went even closer to a second after Cornell spilt a long-range effort. The parry hit Aneke, who didn’t have enough time to react, and then Walsh couldn’t turn home the loose ball.

MK Dons kept going close and it took a stunning block from Hakeem Odoffin to keep out what looked to be a sure fire goal for Healey, whose volley looked destined for the net.

Tisdale’s side then found the net but for a second time they saw it scratched off for the officials - Agard adjudged to have pushed his man before heading home a cross from the left.

The fragility of the one-goal lead bared fruit with 13 minutes to play as former Don Daniel Powell burst through after beating the offside trap. The substitute composed himself but was denied by an excellent one-on-one save from Nicholls.

Northampton remained on the front foot but were almost punished on the counter by Healey but, just like his opposite number, Cornell came out on top in a one-on-one situation. From the resulting corner, Healey struck the woodwork with a stunning 18-yard drive.

MK Dons continued to create chances and Stadium MK was on its feet when Aneke met a cross from Healey but the number 10 couldn’t direct his header on target.

With six minutes to play, Agard had a goal-bound shot blocked from Healey’s pass. At the other end, van Veen blazed over from the edge of the area.

Northampton continued to push in the closing stages but just as they have done in the last three outings, the MK Dons stood firm defensively and secured all the spoils.

Starting XI: Nicholls; Walsh, Moore-Taylor, Cargill; Williams, Houghton, Gilbey, Lewington (c); Agard, Aneke, Healey (Watson 90).

Unused subs: Moore, Brittain, Hancox, D’Ath, Thomas-Asante, Simpson.

Goal: Agard (45)

Booked: Agard, Cargill

Referee: B Huxtable

Attendance: 9,618 (2,186 away)

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