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Preview: Peterborough United

All you need to know ahead of tonight's Checkatrade Trophy tie at Stadium MK...

4 September 2018

MK Dons - unbeaten at home so far this season - return to Stadium MK tonight to take on Peterborough United in their Checkatrade Trophy Group H opener.

Paul Tisdale’s side - along with the Group H rivals Posh, Luton Town and Brighton & Hove Albion Under-21s - will play three group fixtures between now and November, with the top two in the table after matchday three then progressing through to the knockout stages.

A win in 90 minutes is rewarded with three points while a victory via a penalty shoot-out - used to decide the winner if the scores are tied at full-time - is rewarded with two points. A team who loses on penalties comes away with a point while a defeat in 90 minutes will leave you empty-handed.

MK Dons, who won the competition in 2008, reached the first knockout round last season before exiting the competition to Chelsea Under-21s at Stadium MK. They went unbeaten through the group stage, winning twice in 90 minutes, once on penalties.

Kick-off this evening is at 7.45pm.

Peterborough United have made an excellent start to the 2018/19 season - they sit top of the Sky Bet League One table having won five of their first six matches and drawing the other.

Steve Evans’ side have scored a whopping 16 goals and have conceded just seven times, two of those coming in their only defeat of the campaign - a 2-0 reverse to Queens Park Rangers in Round One of the Carabao Cup.

Forward Jason Cummings, signed in the summer from Nottingham Forest, has six of those goals with fellow new recruit Matt Godden chipping in with four. Mark O’Hara is also a goal threat from midfield - he has three goals to his name.

The Posh are former winners of this competition and last season reached the fourth round before losing 4-2 to Lincoln City, who went on to lift the Checkatrade Trophy at Wembley Stadium.

MK Dons came within 30 seconds of a fourth league victory of the season at Swindon Town last Saturday but were forced to settle for a share of the spoils courtesy of Elijah Adebayo’s stoppage-time equaliser.

Joe Walsh put Paul Tisdale’s men ahead after just five minutes when he volleyed home from Dean Lewington’s corner.

The Dons had chances to extend their lead in the second half with Jordan Houghton hitting the crossbar and both Dean Lewington and Jordan Moore-Taylor seeing goal-bound shots saved by Laurence Vigouroux.

It looked as though those missed chances wouldn’t matter but with less than a minute remaining, Swindon sub Adebayo fired a loose ball past Lee Nicholls from close range to secure a draw for his side.

Peterborough dropped their first points of the season, drawing 1-1 at home to Doncaster Rovers this past weekend.

Donny, who went close to scoring early on through Tommy Rowe, took the lead with five minutes remaining in the first half - John Marquis firing past Aaron Chapman with a classy finish.

Posh, who went into the game with a 100% record in Sky Bet League One, equalised with just over half an hour to go through Ryan Tafazolli, who headed in from Siriki Dembele’s free-kick.

It was the visitors who went closest to winning the game late on but Chapman denied Rowe to keep their unbeaten streak alive.

MK Dons manager Paul Tisdale: “Peterborough United have made an excellent start to their Sky Bet League One campaign. I’m sure they will have a successful season under the management of Steve Evans. Knowing Steve, I'm not surprised he has made an immediate impact on his players over the past six months. They already look like a very good team.”

Peterborough United manager Steve Evans: “MK Dons are managed by a good friend of mine in Paul Tisdale. He spent a very long time at Exeter City and now he, alongside Steve Perryman, are at a club that will be looking to get back into League One. It is a wonderful arena to play your football in and I am sure our supporters will be looking forward to seeing some of the players who have yet to show what they can do in the first team.”

Paul Tisdale is likely to make changes to his team and could hand opportunities to some of the players on the periphery of the starting XI.

Sam Nombe and Osman Sow are two players who will be looking for minutes having recently returned from injury while Brandon Thomas-Asante is back in training and getting closer to making his first appearance of the season.

Tisdale also hinted at the possibility of Chuks Aneke returning to the fold in the coming weeks. The striker was the subject of intense speculation linking him with a move away from Stadium MK this summer but he remains an MK Dons player - whether he will play a part this evening remains to be seen.

Ryan Harley remains sidelined along with long-term concerns Lawson D’Ath, Peter Pawlett and Conor McGrandles.

Peterborough United are likely to freshen their team up too, with Steve Evans confirming as much in a pre-match interview with iFollow Posh.

Forward Ivan Toney is one player who is in line for a state, after impressing off the bench in their draw with Doncaster Rovers at the weekend.

Brett Huxtable will referee tonight’s tie at Stadium MK, running the rule over MK Dons for the first time since January 2018 when he took charge of the 2-1 loss to Northampton Town at Sixfields Stadium.

That afternoon, Huxtable produced four yellow cards and dismissed forward Chuks Aneke for an off-the-ball incident in the closing stages of the game.

The Devon official has marshalled five matches so far this season, already totalling 19 yellow cards. He has produced three reds - all of which game last weekend during the Sky Bet League One fixture between Southend United and Charlton Athletic.

His assistant referees tonight are Steven Plane and Mark Griffiths while the fourth official is Paul Hobday.

MK Dons wins: 10
MK Dons wins at Stadium MK: 5
Biggest MK Dons win: 4-0, 28 Jan 2017 (ABAX Stadium)
Last MK Dons win: 1-0, 30 Dec 2017 (Stadium MK)

Draws: 3
Draws at Stadium MK: 2
Last draw: 0-0, 20 Jan 2009 (ABAX Stadium)

Peterborough wins: 11
Peterborough wins at Stadium MK: 3
Biggest Peterborough win: 4-0, 10 Mar 2007 (ABAX Stadium)
Last Peterborough win: 2-0, 12 Sep 2017 (ABAX Stadium)

MK Dons win: 2/1
Draw: 5/2
Peterborough win: 5/4

Click HERE for more match odds courtesy of Sky Bet.

Tickets are priced at just £5 adults and £1 under-18s while under-12s go FREE. Tickets will be sold on a block-by-block basis, starting in the East Centre.

In clubRed, tickets are priced at £10 adults/seniors, £6 over-65s/under-18s and £5 for under-12s.

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.

Supporters in the UK and abroad can watch the match LIVE by purchasing a £10 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’s Match Centre, which can be accessed by visiting the home page from 6pm.

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 straight after the final whistle along with full reaction from Paul Tisdale and a player. Highlights will be available to view from midnight.


Elsewhere in the Checkatrade Trophy...
Northern Section
Doncaster Rovers v Newcastle United U21, 7pm
Forest Green Rovers v Cheltenham Town, 7.30pm
Oldham Athletic v Barnsley, 7.30pm
Burton Albion v Walsall
Carlisle United v Morecambe
Grimsby Town v Notts County
Lincoln City v Mansfield Town
Macclesfield Town v Blackpool
Rochdale v Bury
Scunthorpe United v Wolverhampton Wanderers U21
Sunderland v Stoke City U21
Tranmere Rovers v Crewe Alexandra

Southern section
Charlton Athletic v AFC Wimbledon,
Colchester United v Southampton U21
Crawley Town v Tottenham Hotspur U21
Luton Town v Brighton and Hove Albion U21
Northampton Town v Wycombe Wanderers
Oxford United v Fulham U21
Portsmouth v Gillingham
Southend United v Cambridge United
Yeovil Town v Exeter City

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Match Reports

Report: MK Dons 3-3 Peterborough United (6-5 pens)

MK Dons run out winners in their opening Checkatrade Group H via penalties.

4 September 2018

MK Dons made a winning start to their Checkatrade Trophy campaign as they ran out 6-5 penalty winners at Stadium MK after a 3-3 draw in normal time.

Chuks Aneke opened his account for the season as the striker netted a first-half brace, while Rhys Healey also netted his first goal in a Dons shirt.

Second-half goals from George Cooper, Tyler Denton and Matt Godden, however, forced the tie to penalties.

Stuart Moore was the hero on the night as he saved Jamie Walker's penalty before Sam Nombe tucked away from the spot to secure the two-point win via penalties.

Paul Tisdale made nine changes nine changes to the starting XI that drew 1-1 with Swindon Town the previous Saturday with Callum Brittain and Baily Cargill retaining their places from the clash with the Robins.

Academy graduates, Oran Jackson and Finn Tapp partnered the aforementioned Cargill in defence, while David Kasumu lined up in midfield alongside Ousseynou Cisse. 

Ryan Watson, Mitch Hancox and Rhys Healey were all handed starts against the Posh, while Chuks Aneke started for the first time this season.

The first chance of the game fell the way of Tisdale’s men as Ryan Watson fired over from 20-yards out with two minutes on the clock.

Almost immediately after, however, Stuart Moore was forced into action for the first time as he saved at his near post to deny Marcus Maddison before he saw Louis Reed’s long-range effort sail comfortably over his crossbar. 

The game continued its end-to-end flow with the returning Aneke next to go close. He was found unmarked in the box after a superb run from Brittain – Aneke’s driven effort was then saved by Conor O’Malley in the Peterborough net. 1-0.

Aneke didn’t have to wait long to make his mark on the Checkatrade clash as he opened the scoring five minutes in. His goal came as a result of some fantastic work by Watson, the midfielder jinxed past two Peterborough defenders before picking out the forward with a wonderful cross – Aneke duly obliged and headed home for his first goal of the season.

Watson then looked to turn provider once more, as he drove the Dons forward before finding Healey in the box. With the striker under pressure, the cut onto his right foot before forcing O’Malley into a smart save at his near post,

Isaac Buckley-Ricketts then sprung life into the Posh attack, his low delivery was claimed at the front post by Moore.

The chances continued to fall for both sides with Kasumu the man who looked to double the Dons advantage. It was a clever move from the home side to create the chance as Cargill and Watson interchanged on the edge of the Peterborough box before Kasumu’s shot was deflected narrowly wide. From the resulting corner, Jackson headed just over from Hancox’s cross.

Toney had his first chance of the game 20-minutes into the game, his volley was hammered into the ground before bouncing over Moore’s goal before seconds later Moore denied the striker with a wonderful save at his near post.

33-minutes into the game, Tisdale’s side had their second of the game – and it was once again created by Watson. His excellent free-kick was met by the head of Healey who powered home on the diving header for his first Dons goal. 2-0. 

Minutes before half-time, the Dons lead was extended to three as Aneke grabbed his second goal of the night. Hancox delivered a low cross towards Healey whose dummy created space for Aneke on the edge of the box. The striker shifted onto his left before curling past O’Malley. 3-0.

Steve Evans’ half-time team talk certainly breathed life into his side as his side had a handful of chances following the break.

Firstly, Tyler Denton combined well with Toney before his header ended with of Moore’s goal, before Reed saw his powerful effort saved by Moore.

After a number of half chances, their pressure was eventually rewarded 10-minutes into the second half. Referee Brett Huxtable awarded Posh a free-kick 25-yards from goal - stepping up to the plate was George Cooper. His curling free-kick found the top right-hand corner leaving Moore with no chance and reducing the deficit. 3-1.

The energetic Watson almost got a deserved goal on the hour mark as the Dons patient build up play almost paid dividends. After a spell of possession pm the edge of Peterborough’s box, Watson’s deft flick from Hancox’s cross ended narrowly over the bar.

Watson was once again involved two minutes later and was unlucky not to find the back of the net. Cisse found Aneke who had his back to goal, he touched into the path of Watson who curled wide from the 25-yards out.

Substitute Walker then struck the inside of the post from distance before the ball rolled agonisingly across the line before being collected by Moore.

Aneke should have put the game to bed and score his hat-trick. It was terrific football from Tisdale’s men to create the chance as Kasumu and Aneke passed their way through lines before the midfielder’s delicate pass threaded Aneke in on goal. With O’Malley going to ground, Aneke attempted the chip – but put it just wide.

With ten minutes remaining, O'Malley made an acrobatic save to deny Healey his second goal of the game - the striker's curling free-kick was pushed away by the Posh shot-stopper.

Denton's late goal made it a nervy finish at Stadium MK as the Peterborough man found an inch of space inside the Dons box before drilling past Moore. 3-2. 

The momentum was certainly with the away side as they then went on to grab their third goal of the game and force the tie to penalties - Godden tapping home from Toney's cross. 3-3. 


Ivan Toney - SCORED: 0-1.

Ouss Cisse - SCORED: 1-1.

Marcus Maddison - SCORED: 1-2 

Ryan Watson - SCORED: 2-2

Matt Godden - SCORED: 2-3

Callum Brittain - SCORED: 3-3 

George Cooper - SCORED: 3-4 

Rhys Healey - SCORED 4-4

Jamie Walker - SCORED: 4-5

Baily Cargill - SCORED 5-5

Alex Woodyard - SAVED 5-5

Sam Nombe - SCORED - 6-5

Starting XI: Moore, Brittain, Tapp (Pattison, 81), Jackson, Cargill, Hancox; Kasumu (Nesbitt, 81), Watson, Cisse; Aneke (Nombe, 71), Healey.

Unused subs: Sietsma, Thomas-Asante, Sole, Asonganyi.

Goal: Aneke (5), Healey (33), Aneke (45+2)

Booked: Kasumu, Jackson.

Attendance: 2,404.

Referee: B Huxtable

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