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25 September 2018 Venue Huish Park Attendance

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Preview: Yeovil Town

All you need to know ahead of tonight's Sky Bet League Two clash...

25 September 2018

MK Dons will be looking to return to winning ways tonight when they travel to Huish Park to take on Yeovil Town in their re-arranged Sky Bet League Two encounter.

Paul Tisdale’s side fell to their first league defeat of the campaign last weekend at leaders Lincoln City but their positive performance at Sincil Bank will give them confidence of getting back on track immediately.

The Dons currently sit 14th in the division but could climb as high as fifth with a victory with this, their game in hand. A draw would see them move up three places to 11th.

Kick-off is at 7.45pm.

Tenth-placed Yeovil Town saw two impressive runs come to an end at the weekend, courtesy of a 3-0 home defeat to Swindon Town.

The Glovers broke an EFL record eight minutes into their game on Saturday, having not conceded in 522 minutes of league football. They also went into the match on a six-match unbeaten run. Both, though, were ended by the loss at Huish Park.

Still, Darren Way’s side have plenty to be positive about - along with the Dons they boast the best defensive record in Sky Bet League Two while their 15 goals scored has them ranked in the top six.

Yeovil would move up to fourth with a win while a draw would take them into the play-off positions.

Sky Bet League Two leaders Lincoln City came from behind on Saturday afternoon to inflict a first league defeat of the season on MK Dons.

After a tight first half, Paul Tisdale’s side edged in front courtesy of Rhys Healey’s super solo effort - his first league goal for the Club since arriving on loan from Cardiff City.

Lincoln responded just eight minutes later through Shay McCartan before defender Jason Shackell won the contest with a stoppage-time header.

Yeovil Town were beaten for the first time in seven games at the weekend, as Swindon Town ran out 3-0 winners at Huish Park.

Steven Alzate broke the deadlock shortly before the hour mark with a fine finish from the edge of the areal. Matty Taylor then doubled the lead direct from a free-kick 20 minutes later.

Olufela Olomola wasted the opportunity to halve the deficit when he missed a penalty with seven minutes left to play. Shortly after, Elijah Adebayo secured the win for the Robins with a fierce strike past Nathan Baxter.

Paul Tisdale: “We’re still learning about each other. There's still a degree of trial and error from me. I'm trying to get talent and ability on the pitch - highlight our strengths and hide our weaknesses.

“There was progress [on Saturday] although ultimately we walked away from the ground, looked at the league table and saw it as a disappointing day. But, I know, deep down, we've made progress.

“We’ve now got to pick ourselves up and hit the ground running on Tuesday.”

Darren Way: “This group have shown fantastic character, leadership and responsibility throughout the campaign so far, so I won’t be expecting any hiding against a strong MK Dons side.

"The reward for winning is there to be seen, so it's up to the players to do their bit to ensure it happens now.”


Paul Tisdale didn’t reveal any fresh injury concerns for MK Dons in his post-match press conference on Saturday afternoon.

Baily Cargill, who limped off against Forest Green Rovers, was fit enough to make the bench at the weekend but Ryan Harley, who is back in training, wasn’t involved.

Conor McGrandles, Peter Pawlett and Lawson D’Ath all continue to make progress in their rehabilitation programmes but all three are still considered long-term absentees.

Striker Rhys Healey will be pushing for a start after finding the net off the bench against Lincoln City.

Yeovil Town are without goalkeeper Stuart Nelson, midfielder James Bailey and striker Francois Zoko.

Defender Gary Warren and midfielder Wes McDonald are also battling for fitness.

Antony Coggins will referee MK Dons for the second time this season tonight.

The second-year official took charge of the 1-0 victory over Bury back in August - an afternoon where he produced just the one booking.

In total, Coggins has made 32 bookings but shown just the one red card.

His assistant referees this evening are Christopher Wade and Andrew Laver while the fourth official is Mark Pottage.

Total games: 15

Dons wins: 6
Dons wins at Huish Park: 2
Last Dons win: 5-1, 2 May 2015 (Stadium MK)
Biggest Dons win: 5-1, 2 May 2015 (Stadium MK)

Draws: 4
Draws at Huish Park: 2

Yeovil wins: 5
Yeovil wins at Huish Park: 4
Last Yeovil win: 4-1, 6 Dec 2016 (Huish Park)
Biggest Yeovil win: 4-1, 6 Dec 2016 (Huish Park)

Result
Dons win: 7/5
Draw: 23/10
Yeovil win: 19/10

First goalscorer
Chuks Aneke 9/2
Kieran Agard: 9/2
Rhys Healey: 5/1
Robbie Simpson: 5/1

Scorecast
Rhys Healey to score first and MK Dons to win 1-0: 28/1

Tickets, which can now only be bought at Huish Park, are priced at £24 adults, £20 seniors, £12 16-23 year-olds and £3 under-16s tickets.To book tickets/travel click HERE, visit the Box Office or call 0333 200 5343. Tickets will remain on sale from MK Dons until 12 noon.

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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 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 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: Yeovil Town 1-1 MK Dons

MK Dons and Yeovil share the spoils at Huish Park...

25 September 2018

Yeovil Town scored an 88th-minute leveller to deny MK Dons three points at Huish Park.

Paul Tisdale’s side led courtesy of Kieran Agard’s strike in first-half stoppage time but they weren’t able to add to their lead despite several second-half chances.

The Glovers then made them pay late on with Olufela Olomola firing past Nicholls ensure the points were shared at Huish Park.

Manager Tisdale made three changes to the side which started last weekend’s defeat to Lincoln City. Rhys Healey, who scored the Dons’ solitary goal in that match at Sincil Bank, entered the starting XI along with Baily Cargill and Agard. Joe Walsh, Ousseynou Cisse and Chuks Aneke made way.

His side started bright and Ryan Watson registered the first shot on goal inside the opening two minutes - the MK Dons number 7 dragged a right-footed effort just a few yards wide from the edge of the area.

Watson went close again five minutes later, as he pounced on a loose ball and moved into the area before seeing his shot deflected behind for a corner.

Yeovil failed to properly deal with the delivery from Lewington and that led to another Watson opportunity - this time the midfielder couldn’t keep his 20-yard effort down.

The Glovers forced Nicholls into his first save just a few minutes later with Jordan Green sending a drive straight at MK Dons’ number one.

Tisdale’s men then went straight back up the other end and Agard fired over from Callum Brittain’s cutback. Soon after, Agard had a shot blocked before Glovers forward Yoann Arquin flashed wide with a fierce strike from 18 yards out.

In the 17th minute, Yeovil threatened but Lewington denied two long-range efforts with a pair of brave and important blocks. The game was then halted due to an injury to Glovers winger Dialling Jaiyesimi, who required lengthy treatment before being stretched off the field.

Yeovil reacted well and they went close in the 25th minute through a Carl Dickinson free-kick which flew an inch or two wide Nicholls’ left upright.

MK Dons then broke forward with Rhys Healey, who played in Callum Brittain down the right. He strode into the box but saw Sessi D’Almeida nick the ball off his toes as he went to pull the trigger.

Tisdale’s side were looking dangerous and they had another chance to put the hosts under pressure from a Lewington free-kick which, in the end, found its way into the arms of Nathan Baxter courtesy of a Cargill header.

Healey was the next to threaten the Glovers with a tricky run through the middle of the park. He, though, couldn’t link up with Agard in the area. Gilbey then forced a save out of Baxter with a neat volley after gathering a Lewington free-kick on his chest.

MK Dons deserved a goal to take into the break and they found it in the fourth minute of stoppage time courtesy of Agard, who latched onto Brittain’s perfectly weighted through ball and fired a right-footed shot past Baxter and into the far corner of the net. 0-1.

Yeovil, looking to respond, earned themselves a corner early in the second half but the delivery was cleared away by the MK Dons defence, who then watched on as Gilbey broke forward and crossed for Brittain, whose volley was saved by Baxter.

Moore-Taylor dealt with a scramble deep inside the MK Dons penalty area before Olufela Olomola forced Nicholls into a save with a deflected effort. At the other end, Agard curled wide after cutting inside from the right flank.

The MK Dons goalscorer had a glorious chance to double his and the Dons’ lead but he couldn’t find the target from Healey’s low cross. Healey then sent a low drive just wide of the far post as Tisdale’s men pushed for a second.

Gilbey was the next to go close as his header into the ground, from Lewington’s cross, looped just over the crossbar. Brittain followed up with a long-range strike which a diving Baxter palmed away.

Yeovil spent the majority of the second half on the back foot but they had a great chance to level things up just past the hour mark but Jordan Green blazed over from close-range.

Tisdale then introduced his first change - Cisse replaced a carded Gilbey who, moments before, was warned by the referee for a foul made in the centre of the park.

On 63 minutes, Watson had a curling right-footed volley tipped wide by Baxter. From the resulting corner, Cisse headed wide.

Cisse was involved four minutes later, finding Lewington who then layed on for Watson to strike it - he dragged his shot wide.

With 19 minutes left to play, Dickinson fired over direct from a free-kick. Watson then curled over from 20 yards out before Agard saw a low shot saved by Baxter after some excellent play from Cargill down the left.

Baxter later tipped over a curling strike from Cisse which looked to be sneaking over the goalkeeper’s head.

In the closing stages, Alex Pattison found the side netting before Nicholls denied Green what looked sure to be an equaliser with a stunning one-on-one save.

Yeovil, though, did draw level with three minutes remaining courtesy of Olomola, who raced onto Green’s through pass and beat Nicholls with a low finish across goal. 1-1.

Starting XI: Nicholls; Williams, Moore-Taylor, Cargill; Brittain, Houghton, Gilbey (Cisse 63); Watson; Agard, Healey.

Unused subs: Moore, Hancox, Walsh, Thomas-Asante, Aneke, Simpson.

Goal: Agard (45+4)

Booked: Cargill, Gilbey, Brittain, Moore-Taylor

Attendance: 2,634 (120 away)

Referee: A Coggins

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