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Preview: Lincoln City

All you need to know ahead of tonight's Sky Bet League One clash at Stadium MK...

20 August 2019

MK Dons will look to bounce back from their first defeat of the season when they take on Lincoln City at Stadium MK this evening.

Tisdale’s men were edged out by Wycombe Wanderers in a five-goal thriller at Adams Park last Saturday as they failed to back up their opening-day success over Shrewsbury Town at Stadium MK.


The Dons now return to Milton Keynes for successive home games and an opportunity to put six points on the board as well as establish Stadium MK as a fortress early in the campaign.

Kick-off is at 7.45pm.

THE OPPOSITION

Lincoln City have enjoyed an excellent start to life back in the third tier, boasting a 100 percent record after three games. This, of course, off the back of a title-winning 2018/19 campaign.

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The Imps have beaten Accrington Stanley, Rotherham United and Southend United so far this term and have yet to concede a goal. Their form also extends to the Carabao Cup where they saw off Championship outfit Huddersfield Town, again without being breached.

Harry Anderson currently leads the way in terms of goals with two to his name while forwards John Akinde, Bruno Andrade and Tyler Walker are also off the mark.

LAST TIME OUT

A 90th-minute strike from former MK Dons loanee David Wheeler condemned Paul Tisdale’s men to their first defeat of the campaign in a five-goal thriller with Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park.

Wycombe took the lead inside the opening quarter of an hour courtesy of a Joe Jacobson penalty but the Dons responded through Jordan Bowery. Fred Onyedinma then put the Chairboys back in front on 37 minutes with a low left-footed finish.

Conor McGrandles missed the chance to equalise from the spot in first-half stoppage time but Jordan Houghton made no mistake when the Dons were awarded another penalty six minutes after the break.

Tisdale’s side had chances to edge in front but it was Wycombe who claimed all the spoils - Wheeler, who scored the goal which sent the Dons up from League Two last term, coming off the bench to fire past Lee Nicholls late on.

Lincoln City maintained their perfect start to the season with an impressive 4-0 victory over Southend United at Sincil Bank.

Jason Shackell opened the scoring on the half-hour mark with a header from Jorge Grant’s free-kick. Grant provided the assist for Lincoln’s second - from his cross, Harry Toffolo found the bottom corner.

Tyler Walker scored a second-half penalty to extend the lead to three before Bruno Andrade rounded off a four-goal success with a stunning strike from the edge of the area.

FIGHTING TALK
Paul Tisdale: “We’ve got a tough one at home on Tuesday and then on Saturday. We’ve got to learn quickly - I’ll learn quickly and the players will have to as well.”

Danny Cowley: “It is a big pitch and MK ask a lot of questions because they get good control of the ball and test you physically and mentally. Paul Tisdale is a very intelligent manager and we understand the challenge ahead of it so we are looking forward to the game.”

TEAM NEWS
It remains to be seen whether any of MK Dons’ recent absentees will be involved in Tuesday’s match at Stadium MK.

Brennan Dickenson and Joe Mason (both undisclosed) have yet to feature this term while Ben Reeves (undisclosed) wasn’t involved in either game last week and Joe Walsh (undisclosed) was absent on Saturday. Jordan Moore-Taylor (knee) remains out as he continues his recovery.

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Paul Tisdale revealed no fresh injury concerns in his post-match interview at Adams Park on Saturday.

Lincoln City look set to be without Lee Frecklington and Tom Pett but otherwise boast a clean bill of health heading into their trip to Stadium MK today.

OFFICIALS

Michael Salisbury will be the man in the middle at Stadium MK tonight.


Salisbury, who has been refereeing in the EFL since 2016, has officiated the Dons on four previous occasions, producing a total of 11 yellow cards and one red. That sending off came in his last Dons appointment - last season’s 2-1 win over Notts County at Stadium MK.

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So far this season, Salisbury has taken charge of four matches and made 11 bookings. He’s also sent off two players - both were dismissed in his first game of the season.

His assistant referees are Daniel Cook and George Byrne while the fourth official is Carl Brook.

HEAD TO HEAD
Dons wins: 4
Dons wins at Stadium MK: 1
Last Dons win: 2-1, 4 Apr 2008 (Sincil Bank)
Biggest Dons win: 4-0, 14 Oct 2007 (Stadium MK)

Draws: 2
Draws at Stadium MK: 0
Last draw: 2-2, 8 Jan 2007 (National Hockey Stadium)

Lincoln wins: 2
Lincoln wins at Stadium MK: 1
Last Lincoln win: 2-0, 6 Apr 2019 (Stadium MK)
Biggest Lincoln win: 2-0, 6 Apr 2019 (Stadium MK)

SKY BET ODDS

Dons win: 17/10
Draw: 21/10
Lincoln win: 8/5

Click HERE for more Sky Bet odds!

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FOLLOW IT LIVE!
Tickets for the match are priced at £22 adults, £17 seniors and £7 under-18s while under-12s go FREE with an accompanying adult. Supporters can upgrade to premium seats in the East Centre for a £5 premium while an upgrade to clubRed is just £10 more.

To purchase 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.

Can't make the match? Not to worry, supporters will be able to watch the match live on iFollow MK Dons for just £10 - click HERE to purchase a Match Pass!

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 2.00pm.

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 later on Saturday evening.

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Match Reports

Report: MK Dons 2-1 Lincoln City

Brittain and Williams on target in win...

20 August 2019

MK Dons returned to winning ways at Stadium MK courtesy of a 2-1 victory over previously unbeaten Lincoln City.

The Dons, beaten by Wycombe Wanderers at the weekend, took the lead inside the opening two minutes through Callum Brittain but the Imps, who boasted a 100 percent record heading into the match, levelled things shortly afterwards through Tyler Walker.

Paul Tisdale’s men, though, edged back in front midway through the first half through a fortuitous George Williams goal and did enough in the second half to see out the contest and secure their second successive home win.

Boss Tisdale made two changes to his starting XI, with Brittain and Ryan Harley replacing Dean Lewington and Conor McGrandles, and both were involved as MK Dons made the perfect start.

From Baily Cargill's forward pass down the left flank, Kieran Agard and Harley linked up with a neat one-two. The former then took a touch into the box before firing a ball across goal to an on-rushing Brittain, who converted from close-range. 1-0.

The Dons worked it into the penalty area again on six minutes, with Brittain again involved. It was Agard who received the pass inside the box but, with his back to goal, he was quickly crowded out and the chance went begging.

Lincoln then threatened with Harry Anderson sending a low ball into the box which Russell Martin stabbed clear. The Dons countered thanks to a Hiram Boateng through pass but Bowery’s eventual shot was blocked.

The visitors, though, did draw level in the 11th minute through Walker, who, after a neat attacking move, found the bottom left-hand corner with a well-placed first-time effort from the edge of the D, after being teed up by Jorge Grant. 1-1.

Neal Eardley saw an ambitious attempt at a second Imps goal fly high and wide shortly after the re-start. The Dons soon threatened down the left but Cargill’s cross was too high for a teammate to challenge Josh Vickers.

Tisdale’s men then began to regain control of the contest and, on 23 minutes, they re-took the lead.

Williams did brilliantly to meet Hiram Boateng's deep cross which provided a chance for Bowery to send a strike towards goal. His effort goal-bound effort struck Williams, still lying on the floor, and the defender's touch was enough to fool Vickers and make it’s way into the net. 2-1.

The Dons almost added a third straight from kick-off as they got in down the left once again. Cargill the provider for Agard, who flashed a low left-footed strike just wide of the far post.

Walker and Anderson then went close for Lincoln while Josh Payne looked to have the chance to level with a diving header, but failed to make contact from a teasing cross.

The Imps were almost gifted an equaliser with 10 minutes to play in the half as they won possession deep in the Dons’ half. Payne broke through but saw his lob kept out by Nicholls, who then palmed away the loose ball.

Joe Morrell then threatened with a curling effort which just fell wide of the post before Nicholls produced a diving save to deny Anderson from inside the area.

At the other end, Vickers was forced to punch clear a Cargill cross at his near post while Boateng had a long-range try blocked by an Imps defender in first-half stoppage time.

Grant forced the first effort on goal in the second half - a low drive which was comfortable for Nicholls. Eardley followed up with another long-range attempt which sailed harmlessly over.

Brittain responded with an excellent drive forward which resulted in a right-footed strike sent just wide of goal from 25-yards. Lincoln, though, almost levelled a minute later through Payne but, well-placed, he blasted over from inside the area.

The thrilling end-to-end nature of the match continued as Boateng went agonisingly close to putting Dons two goals ahead following a stunning solo run through the midfield - his shot, though, was tipped wide by Vickers.

Lincoln came forward once again and this time it was Grant who was denied by Nicholls. Boateng then threw himself in the way of Payne’s goal-bound attempt at the far post.

Tisdale introduced Alex Gilbey and Conor McGrandles from the bench shortly after the hour mark. McGrandles was involved early as the Dons broke forward on goal - Agard, in the end, dragged a left-footed shot just wide of the post.

Nicholls was equal to a dipping Payne strike on 69 minutes, as he was to a deflected attempt from the Imps midfielder moments later. Substitute Bruno Andrade then got his lines wrong from John Akinde’s tee-up as another Lincoln opportunity went amiss.

On 73 minutes, a four-man MK Dons wall denied Grant from a free-kick. From a set-piece at the other end, Tisdale’s side almost extended their advantage but Bowery headed over from Boateng’s corner.

Gilbey got himself in the way of an Akinde shot with 13 minutes to play shortly before Andrade headed wide from the penalty spot.

Lewington came off the bench for the final 10 minutes in place of Boateng and he was on the pitch a short while when Morrell sent a curling effort inches wide of Nicholls’ right-hand upright.

The Dons surged forward in search of a third in the 85th minute but Gilbey couldn’t direct his long-range effort on target.

Lincoln went back on the offensive and spent the final five minutes of regulation camped inside the Dons’ half. Tisdale’s men, however, were determined not to be breached as body after body were put in the way of attempts on goal.

They did have the woodwork to thank in the final minute of stoppage time as the crossbar kept out Jason Shackell’s header. The final whistle blew soon after, sealing an impressive victory for the Dons who will look to make it three home victories in a row when they welcome Peterborough United to Stadium MK on Saturday.

Starting XI: Nicholls, Williams (c), Poole, Cargill, Bowery, Agard, Martin, Houghton (McGrandles 64), Brittain, Boateng (Lewington 80), Harley (Gilbey 62).

Unused subs: Moore, Healey, Nombe, Kasumu.

Goals: Brittain (2), Williams (22)

Booked: Poole

Attendance: 8,166 (1,350 away)

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