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Preview: AFC Wimbledon

All you need to know ahead of tonight's Carabao Cup tie...

13 August 2019

MK Dons travel to the Cherry Red Records Stadium this evening for their Carabao Cup Round One tie with AFC Wimbledon.

The Dons have enjoyed plenty of success at this stage of the competition having won each of their last nine first-round ties - they’ll be going in search of a 10th straight Round One triumph tonight in South West London.

Tonight’s match, which sees the Dons reacquainted with AFC Wimbledon for the first time since January 2018, also provides Paul Tisdale and his men to start the 2019/20 campaign with back-to-back wins following their 1-0 victory over Shrewsbury Town at the weekend.

Kick-off is at 7.45pm.

AFC Wimbledon are still in search of their first victory of the new season having started the Sky Bet League One campaign with back-to-back losses.

Wally Downes side, who survived relegation on a dramatic final day last term, were six minutes away from holding Rotherham United to a draw on opening weekend before surrendering a one-goal lead to Fleetwood Town this past Saturday.

Positives for AFC Wimbledon are that both of their strikers have found the net early in the campaign. Joe Piggott opened his account against Rotherham while Kwesi Appiah found the net at Fleetwood.

In terms of success in the Carabao Cup, AFC Wimbledon won their first match in the competition last season when they beat Portsmouth 2-1 in the opening round. They had lost their seven EFL Cup ties prior to that triumph over Pompey.

MK Dons kicked off their 2019/20 campaign with a 1-0 victory over Shrewsbury Town at Stadium MK.

The tightly-contested match looked to be heading for a stalemate until substitute Rhys Healey struck a deflected effort past Max O’Leary in the third minute of stoppage time.

AFC Wimbledon fell to a second straight defeat, surrendering a one-goal lead at Fleetwood Town to lose 2-1 at Highbury Stadium.

Kwesi Appiah put Wally Downes’ side ahead midway through the first half but second-half strikes from Paddy Madden and Josh Morris ensured they left the Fylde coast empty-handed.

Paul Tisdale: “It’s the next game and a game we want to win although I’m certainly not forgetting the importance of the game to everyone here - I know it’s a big game for all concerned.

“It’s a cup game and it’s one with added tension because of the nature of the fixture. We’re really looking forward to it and we’ll be going into it to do our very best.”

Wally Downes: “It’s a cup game so it will be ferocious and you win it on the night. I certainly won’t be encouraging us to be any more enthusiastic than I would expect us to be in any other game.

“There’s obviously some history between the clubs and the two clubs have drawn each other in lots of cup games. It’s a game we are desperate to win so that we can move on into the next round.”


MK Dons boss Paul Tisdale will assess his squad to determine which players are capable of starting so soon after last Saturday’s opener against Shrewsbury Town.

The Dons boss also hinted that he may want to give opportunities to those who missed out on his starting XI at the weekend.

In terms of absentees, Joe Mason and Brennan Dickenson both missed the 1-0 win over Shrewsbury Town although it remains to be seen how long either player will be sidelined for. Despite continuing to make progress, Jordan Moore-Taylor remains out with a knee injury.

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Tonight’s Carabao Cup tie will come too soon for AFC Wimbledon duo Nathan Trott and Anthony Wordsworth.

Will Nightingale missed out last Saturday due to a knee injury and will be assessed ahead of this evening.


Craig Hicks will be the man in the middle tonight, referring the Dons for only third time in his career.

Hicks, in his third season as an EFL official, took charge of the Trophy ties with Brighton & Hove Albion in 2017 and Luton Town in 2018. A total of seven yellow cards were shown across both matches.

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His most recent AFC Wimbledon appointment was on Boxing Day last year, where he produced just two yellow cards in their 2-1 win over Plymouth Argyle.

This will be Hicks’ second fixture of the new campaign. Last season, he booked 114 players and dismissed five in 40 games.

Garry Maskell and Christopher Kidd will be the assistant referees tonight while the fourth official is Ian Cooper.


Dons wins: 4
Dons wins at Cherry Red Records Stadium: 1
Last Dons win: 2-0, 22 Sep 2017 (Cherry Red Records Stadium)
Biggest Dons win: 3-1, 12 Aug 2014 (Stadium MK)

Draws: 1
Draws at Cherry Red Records Stadium: 0
Last draw: 0-0, 13 Jan 2018 (Stadium MK)

AFC Wimbledon wins: 2
AFC Wimbledon wins at Cherry Red Records Stadium: 1
Last AFC Wimbledon win: 2-0, 14 Mar 2017 (Cherry Red Records Stadium)
Biggest AFC Wimbledon win: 2-0, 14 Mar 2017 (Cherry Red Records Stadium)

MK Dons to progress: 10/11
Draw after 90 minutes: 12/5
AFC Wimbledon to progress: 4/5

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Tickets are no longer available to buy from the Box Office and won't be sold to away supporters at the Cherry Red Records Stadium this evening.

Fans who aren’t able to make the trip to the Cherry Red Records Stadium will be able to watch the match live and in full at Stadium MK, with tickets on sale to all those registered on the Club’s ticketing database prior to Friday 19 July.

Tickets are priced at £10 for adults and £8 under-18s while Season Ticket holders are entitled to a £2 discount on adult prices. Food and drink will be available to buy on the night.

To book tickets visit the Box Office at Stadium MK or call 0333 200 5343. Tickets will also be available to buy on the night.

Can't make the match or the beamback? Sign up to iFollow MK Dons for just £4.49 a month and listen to live commentary of the tie - click HERE to sign up!

Supporters can also stay in touch with the action via’s Match Centre, which can be accessed by visiting the home page from 5.45pm.

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.

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Match Reports

Report: AFC Wimbledon 2-2 (2-4 pens) MK Dons

Gilbey wins it in shoot-out for MK Dons...

13 August 2019

MK Dons secured a place in Round Two of the Carabao Cup courtesy of a 4-2 penalty shoot-out victory over AFC Wimbledon at their Cherry Red Records Stadium.

There was nothing to separate the two sides after 90 minutes in south-west London with Luke O’Neill cancelling out David Kasumu’s stunning second-half strike late on, after Conor McGrandles had done the same to Scott Wagstaff in the first half.

Lee Nicholls, who saved a penalty from Joe Pigott during the match, denied Callum Reilly in the shoot-out before Alex Gilbey, on his return to the action, secured the win with a confident strike from 12-yards.

Manager Paul Tisdale made four changes to his starting XI - one of which was defender Baily Cargill, who came into the line-up for his first start since March. Regan Poole was handed his MK Dons debut while there was also a place in the XI for second-year pro Kasumu.

MK Dons were handed an early chance to take the lead when Poole, following a bursting run down the right, was brought down by goalkeeper Nik Tzanev as he pounced on a loose ball inside the area. McGrandles stepped up to take the penalty but put his effort over the crossbar from 12-yards out.

AFC Wimbledon responded by earning a free-kick 30-yards from goal. O’Neill, though, bent his shot wide of Lee Nicholls’ left-hand upright.

The visitor's next opportunity on goal came from another set-piece in the eighth minute and, this time, they broke the deadlock. Reilly’s corner was headed clear by the Dons but only as far as Wagstaff, who fired a shot past Nicholls. 1-0.

Nicholls was called into action again on 12 minutes to gather a deflected effort from Reilly. The Dons then earned themselves a corner from which Ryan Harley had a ferocious volley blocked on its way to goal.

Tisdale’s men maintained their pressure on goal and were rewarded with an equaliser in the 16th minute through McGrandles. The Scotsman made up for his earlier penalty miss by slotting a low shot into bottom right corner following a neat turn in the penalty area - Poole with the assist. 1-1.

Agard went close to nudging Dons in front in the 20th minute which a drive that was blocked by an AFC Wimbledon defender. The hosts failed to clear and that led to an opportunity for Kasumu but sent a fierce volley wide.

Two minutes later, Bowery came within an inch of connecting with Poole’s forward pass but Tzanev just intercepted the ball in front of him. The next chance didn’t arrive for some time and, when it did, Piggot curled over from the edge of the D.

The Dons had a great chance to take the lead with 10 minutes to play in the half when Bowery met a chipped cross from Brittain - the striker, however, couldn’t keep his header down.

AFC Wimbledon threatened with set pieces late in the half but the Dons' defence dealt with the deliveries well. On the attack, Tisdale’s side were looking extremely dangerous, especially down the right with Poole and Brittain combining well.

It was down the left, though, where they came agonisingly close to taking advantage before half-time but AFC Wimbledon did well to scramble away from Cargill’s cross.

The Dons forced a corner inside the opening four minutes of the second half following some nice interplay between Bowery and Agard. From the set-piece, they took the lead - and in some style too!

The corner was played short and worked out to Kasumu, who took a touch on the edge of the D before curling a beauty of a strike into the top right-hand corner. A stunning goal from the Academy graudate. 1-2.

Martin went close to finding the net from a later corner which was well cleared away by an AFC Wimbledon man. The hosts then scrambled away a second corner shortly afterwards, as Tisdale’s side kept the pressure on.

The home side, however, were handed a terrific opportunity to level the scores on the hour mark when Harley brought down Kwesi Appiah inside the box. Nicholls had other ideas, however, guessing correctly to deny Piggot from the spot to keep the lead intact.

AFC Wimbledon had another chance to equalise on 64 minutes but Martin and Lewington produced excellent last-ditched blocks to keep their efforts out.

Tisdale utilised his bench shortly after, bringing Gilbey and Dylan Asonganyi off the bench - the former making his first appearance since suffering an ankle injury against Yeovil Town in the bench.

With 16 minutes to play, Piggott sent a shot over on the turn before Nicholls denied Michael Folivi one-on-one. AFC Wimbledon were looking dangerous going forward but the Dons, who were still seeing a lot of the ball, were doing everything to keep them out and they almost sealed the victory on 85 minutes through Bowery but he was denied by an excellent diving save from Tzanev.

AFC Wimbledon were awarded two free-kicks in dangerous positions late on but the Dons saw both through. Tisdale's men looked to have done the job but, in the fourth minute of stoppage time, the home side levelled the scores - O’Neill firing in at the far post from a deep cross. 2-2.

It mean’t the tie would be decided via a shoot-out and, after Poole and Martin found the net, Reilly saw his effort saved by Nicholls. Cargill’s miss would allow AFC Wimbledon to restore parity but Pigott cleared the crossbar with his  spot-kick and that opened the door for Gilbey to win it on his return to the action - and he did.

Starting XI: Nicholls, Lewington, Poole, Cargill, Bowery, Agard (Asonganyi 69), Martin, McGrandles, Brittain, Kasumu, Harley (Gilbey 64).

Unused subs: Moore, Williams, Walsh, Boateng, Nombe.

Goals: McGrandles (16), Kasumu (50)

Penalties scored: Poole, Martin, McGrandles, Gilbey

Penalty missed: Cargill

Booked: Brittain

Attendance: 2,191 (280 away)

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Ticket News

Dons to host beamback of AFC Wimbledon tie

Supporters have to be registered on the Club's database in order to attend...

31 July 2019

MK Dons will be hosting a beamback screening of the Carabao Cup Round One tie with AFC Wimbledon.

Paul Tisdale’s men travel to the Cherry Red Records Stadium on Tuesday 13 August where they will be looking to secure their 10th successive Round One success in the competition. Kick-off is at 7.45pm.

Supporters who are unable to travel to the fixture will be able to watch the match live at Stadium MK, courtesy of a beamback.

Tickets for the beamback are on sale now to supporters who were registered on the Club’s database before Friday 19 July.

Tickets are priced at £10 for adults and £8 under-18s while Season Ticket holders are entitled to a £2 discount on adult prices. Food and drink will be available to buy on the night.

To book tickets visit the Box Office at Stadium MK or call 0333 200 5343. Tickets will not be available to buy online.

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