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Preview: Swindon Town

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

1 September 2018

MK Dons will be looking to maintain their unbeaten start to the Sky Bet League Two campaign when they travel to Swindon Town this after

Paul Tisdale’s men fell to their first defeat of the season on Tuesday evening as Premier League outfit Bournemouth ran out 3-0 winners in Round Two of the Carabao Cup.

The focus now shifts back to league football with Swindon Town Saturday’s opposition – the first time the two sides have met at the Energy Check County Ground since April 2017.

Kick-off is at 3pm.

MK Dons will travel to The Energy Check County Ground today – a place where hosts Swindon are unbeaten this season.

The Robins faithful have certainly had value for money from their home encounters this campaign with both games against Macclesfield Town and Tranmere Rovers finishing 3-2 in favour of Swindon.

Phil Brown’s side will be looking to return to winning ways after two consecutive Sky Bet League Two draws and MK Dons will have to be wary of the goal scoring threat that Swindon pose. They have scored 10 times in five league games with midfielder Michael Doughty posing their main threat having scored five goals this season.

The former Hull City and Derby County manager Phil Brown as occupied the dugout at The Energy Check County Ground since March and in the closing stages of last season, almost guided Swindon to a play-off finish.

Among their summer signings, this past transfer window was Toumani Diagouraga (Fleetwood Town), Jermaine McGlashan (Southend United), Luke McCormick (Plymouth Argyle) and Sid Nelson on loan from Millwall.

MK Dons were eliminated from the Carabao Cup on Tuesday evening as Premier League outfit Bournemouth ran out 3-0 winners at The Vitality Stadium.

With over £70 million worth of talent taking to the field, Bournemouth's Premier League quality was displayed in the first half as goals from Lys Mousset and Ryan Fraser set them on the path to victory before Jordan Ibe secured the Cherries passage into Round Three of the Carabao Cup late on.

Swindon Town, meanwhile shared the spoils with Forest Green Rovers as their West County derby ended 1-1. 

Christian Doidge opened the scoring for the hosts in the fifth minute, but Phil Brown’s side drew level six minutes later through Michael Doughty’s penalty.

MK Dons Assistant Manager Matt Oakley: “I’m expecting a good football match. [Swindon] have started pretty well and Phil Brown is an experienced manager, who knows what he’s doing. We’ll be planning and working on them [on Friday] - looking at the things we need to do to stop them and the areas we feel we can hurt them. It’s a game we hope we can go on and win.”

Swindon Town manager Phil Brown: “We’re in for a tough game on Saturday, it’ll be our first big test at home. It’ll take a gameplan, us putting a shift in and a defensive mentality. We’re getting there and the game will be a great advert for Sky Bet League Two.”

MK Dons came through Tuesday’s clash with Bournemouth unscathed with Matt Oakley reporting the squad picked up no injuries in the clash at The Vitality Stadium.

He confirmed that Brandon Thomas-Asante has returned to training but did add, however, that Ryan Harley and Lawson D'Ath are both sidelined - not knowing how long the latter will be out for.

Long-term absentees Conor McGrandles [eye] and Peter Pawlett [ankle] will both miss today's game but Osman Sow and Sam Nombe will be hopeful of more minutes after they both returned to action against Bournemouth.

Phil Brown told swindontown.com that he has no new knocks ahead of this game but that Chris Robertson and Dion Conroy are still likely to miss the game.

Trevor Kettle will run the rule over today's clash with the Robins as he takes charge of his sixth match of the season. 

The vastly experienced EFL referee has so far issued 17 yellow cards this season, while he had brandished just the one red card. 

He last officiated an MK Dons game back in August 2017 as the Dons ran out 1-0 winners over Gillingham – that day he booked six players. 

His assistant referees this afternoon are Darren Wilding and Kevin Howick while the fourth official is Geoffrey Russell.

MK Dons wins: 10
MK Dons wins at The Energy Check County Ground: 4
Last MK Dons win: 3-2, 30th Dec 2016 (Stadium MK)
Biggest MK Dons win: 3-0, 4th Apr 2015 (The Energy Check County Ground)

Draws: 5
Draws at The Energy Check County Ground: 3
Last Draw: 1-1, 8th Apr 2017 (The Energy Check County Ground)

Swindon Town wins: 6
Swindon Town wins at The Energy Check County Ground: 2
Last Swindon Town win: 1-0, 25th Aug 2012 (The Energy Check County Ground)
Biggest Swindon Town win: 4-1, 11th Aug 2009 (Stadium MK)

Full-time result
MK Dons: 9/5
Draw: 23/10
Swindon: 6/4

Tickets are priced at £23 adults, £17 seniors/students, £10 under-21s, £6 under-18s and £2 under-11s. Tickets can now only be bought from the away ticket office at The City Ground, which opens at 12.30pm.

Supporters currently outside the UK and Ireland can watch the match LIVE with an iFollow MK Dons International Pass or by purchasing an International Match Pass – click HERE for more information!

iFollow MK Dons will have also live commentary of the game for UK and Ireland-based fans – 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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Elsewhere in Sky Bet League Two
Saturday 1st September
Bury v Morecambe
Cheltenham Town v Colchester United
Crewe Alexandra v Macclesfield Town
Exeter City v Lincoln City
Grimsby Town v Yeovil
Mansfield v Carlisle
Northampton Town v Tranmere Rovers
Notts County v Forest Green Rovers
Oldham Athletic v Crawley Town
Port Vale v Newport County
Stevenage v Cambridge United 

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Report: Swindon Town 1-1 MK Dons

Robins strike late to deny MK Dons an away win...

1 September 2018

Elijah Adebayo scored in the 93rd-minute to take two poi away from MK Dons at The Energy Check County Groun

Walsh fired home his first goal of the season from Dean Lewington’s corner to put Paul Tisdale's side ahead but the Robins substitute scored late to secure a share of the spoils for his side.

Tisdale named the same team which beat Exeter City 1-0 last weekend, which was four changes from the midweek Carabao Cup tie with AFC Bournemouth. The only change to the matchday squad saw Osman Sow replace the injured Lawson D’Ath on the bench.

Swindon forced the first shot of the game 90 seconds in - Martin Smith tried his luck from distance but sent a right-footed drive over the crossbar.

MK Dons responded by earning a corner and that set piece led to the first goal of the game. Dean Lewington sent in the delivery from the right and Walsh was there to connect and fire a first-time effort into the roof of the net. 0-1.

Lee Nicholls was forced into action almost immediately from the re-start, forced to tip a Michael Doughty header over the bar - not that it mattered too much, with the linesman’s flag raised for offside.

Swindon kept pushing for an immediate equaliser and it took some excellent defending from George Williams to prevent Steven Alzate from getting a shot away.

Alex Gilbey then went close to an unlikely second goal as his cross almost caught out Robins goalkeeper Lawrence Vigouroux, who watched as the ball landed on top of his goal rather than in it.

Swindon were awarded a free-kick in the 19th minute which Matty Taylor sent wide of Nicholls’ goal. MK Dons broke forward from the goal kick and had Swindon defender Sid Nelson not been in the way of Agard’s low cross then Gilbey would have had a simple tap-in to make it two-nil.

Agard delivered another ball shortly after and this one was intercepted again by Nelson, with Robbie Simpson lurking behind him.

Swindon got behind the MK Dons backline in the 25th-minute but Williams and Walsh combined to take the sting out of Keshi Anderson’s shot and a grateful Nicholls gathered.

Robins defender Matty Taylor saw a shot blocked with 10 minutes remaining in the first half. The hosts then won a free-kick from which Doughty sent a curling left-footed try just wide.

They had a great chance to equalise in the final minute of the half but Marc Richards stabbed wide when well-placed from Anderson’s low cross. MK Dons also went close before the interval from a Lewington free-kick which Williams couldn’t keep in play the far post.

MK Dons almost started the second half just as they did the first but Jordan Houghton’s terrific long-range drive crashed against the crossbar with Vigouroux beaten. The loose ball looped to Agard but he couldn’t direct his header on target.

From a quickly-taken free-kick shortly afterwards, Agard saw a curling right-footed shot blocked on its way to goal by Nelson. There were appeals for handball but they were waved away by referee Trevor Kettle.

Jordan Moore-Taylor was the next to try his luck - he sent a fierce drive goalwards from 25-yards and Vigouroux made a diving save.

Swindon threatened moments later with Walsh forced to clear a Richards header off the line. Nicholls then gathered the follow-up shot.

MK Dons countered with Gilbey, who drove through the middle to the edge of the D but dragged his shot wide of the left upright.

Tisdale’s side then went agonisingly close to a second goal on 55 minutes with Simpson - at full-stretch - an inch away from directing Agard’s low ball home.

Swindon almost made them pay on the hour mark when Alzate was brought down on the edge of the area. Taylor took the free-kick for Swindon and curled his attempt just over the crossbar.

The end-to-end nature of the second half saw MK Dons then go close to doubling their advantage through a deflected Cargill effort which was stopped on the line by Vigouroux.

Swindon substitute Elijah Adebayo then had a first-time shot blocked by Williams following a good run forward from Anderson, who soon after fired over from 20-yards out.

On 72 minutes, Lewington forced Vigouroux into a save with a well-taken free-kick which looked destined for the top left-hand corner.

MK Dons then threatened from a corner with a header from Williams forcing Vigouroux to punch the ball out of play. Later, Brittain saw a deflected drive bounce wide of goal with the Robins goalkeeper wrong-footed.

Swindon kept pushing for an equaliser and in the 93rd-minute they were rewarded - substitute Adebayo slamming home a loose ball in the area after MK Dons failed to deal with a corner. 1-1.

Starting XI: Nicholls; Brittain, Williams, Walsh, Cargill, Lewington (c); Gilbey, Moore-Taylor, Houghton; Simpson, Agard.

Unused subs: Moore, Hancox, Watson, Cisse, Nombe, Healey, Sow.

Goal: Walsh (5)

Booked: Cargill

Attendance: 6,620

Referee: T Kettle

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