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Preview: Bolton Wanderers

All you need to know ahead of oday's Sky Bet League One fixture with Bolton Wanderers...

22 February 2020

MK Dons are back in Sky Bet League One action after 11 days this afternoon as they welcome Bolton Wanderers to Stadium MK.

Russell Martin’s men were without a game last Saturday, however, due to Tranmere Rovers' game being postponed, the Dons stayed 10 points clear of the relegation zone. With no break from now until the end of the season, Martin's men have 13 games to secure their objectives.

The Dons return to Stadium MK for the first time since their 2-0 win over Wycombe Wanderers at the start of the month. A similar result this afternoon will give the Dons an important boost heading into the final stages of the season.

Kick-off is at 3pm.

THE OPPOSITION
Bolton Wanderers enter today's clash in 23rd in the Sky Bet League One table, however, Keith Hill's side do have three games in hand on Southend United who sit directly above them.

Bolton started the season with Phil Parkinson at the helm before Hill took over the reins in late August. Hill recruited a number of experienced faces on Deadline Day with Joe Bunney, Ali Crawford, Josh Emmanuel, Daryl Murphy and Chris O'Grady all joining the Club.

They added more depth to the squad in January with Jacob Mellis, Ryan Delaney, Brandon Fleming and Kean Bryan just a number of their new faces during the Winter Window.

Currently at the top of their goalscoring charts sits Daryl Murphy who has scored eight goals this season, while also registering two assists. Elsewhere, Joseph Dodoo has four goals and three assists, while Dennis Politic also has four.

LAST TIME OUT
Rhys Healey scored the fourth straight game as MK Dons earned another valuable point on the road in Sky Bet League One.

Healey fired home a third-minute free-kick to give Russell Martin’s men an early lead at the LNER Stadium but Lincoln City restored parity midway through the first half courtesy of Liam Bridcutt’s stunning strike.

Bolton Wanderers, meanwhile, fell to a 2-0 defeat to Wycombe Wanderers last Saturday. Defender Asistote Nsiala scored an own-goal on the stroke of half-time to give Wycombe the lead at the break before Joe Jacobson netted a penalty shortly after the hour mark.

FIGHTING TALK
Russell Martin: "This is not a bad Bolton team. Their league position is a false dawn, with their points deduction and playing the youth team early in the season. They're tough to play against. They've not been on a great run, but they don't lose big. They've got experienced, robust players and they're a team that can hurt others and score goals."

TEAM NEWS
Striker Joe Mason could return for MK Dons after a short spell on the sidelines due to a muscle tweak.

His comeback would provide with a near fully-fit squad, with only goalkeeper Stuart Moore sidelined through injury. Callum Brittain, who missed the draw with Lincoln City, and Carlton Morris, who limped off against the Imps, are expected to be fine for this afternoon's match.

Midfielder Ali Crawford should return for Bolton Wanderers, while forward Ronan Darcy is also expected to be a part of the squad for today's game.

Anthony Georgiou, though, is still not available.

OFFICIALS
Ollie Yates will run the rule over this afternoon's clash at Stadium MK.

Mr Yates has brandished 96 yellow cards in 28 matches this term, while also dismissing seven players - he has also awarded four penalties this season.

His last MK Dons game, meanwhile, came in their 3-0 defeat to Burton Albion in Sky Bet League One.

His assistant referees are Samuel Ogles and Paul Graham while the fourth official is Daniel Cook.

HEAD TO HEAD
Dons wins: 1
Dons wins at Stadium MK: 1
Last Dons win: 1-0, 18 Aug 2015 (Stadium MK)
Biggest Dons win: 1-0, 18 Aug 2015 (Stadium MK)

Draws: 2
Draws at Stadium MK: 1
Last draw: 1-1, 4 Feb 2017 (Stadium MK)

Bolton wins: 2
Bolton wins at Stadium MK: 0
Last Bolton win: 1-0, 16 Nov 2019 (University of Bolton Stadium)
Biggest Bolton win: 3-1, 23 Jan 2016 (University of Bolton Stadium)

SKY BET ODDS
Dons win: 8/13
Draw: 14/5
Bolton win: 4/1

Click HERE for more Sky Bet odds!

ELSEWHERE IN SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
Accrington Stanley v Rotherham United
AFC Wimbledon v Blackpool
Fleetwood Town v Portsmouth
Ipswich Town v Oxford United
Lincoln City v Gillingham
Rochdale v Coventry City
Shrewsbury Town v Doncaster Rovers
Southend United v Burton Albion
Sunderland v Bristol Rovers
Wycombe Wanderers v Tranmere Rovers

FOLLOW IT LIVE
Tickets 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.

Can't make today's match? Not to worry, you can listen to live commentary on iFollow MK Dons for just £2.50 - click HERE to purchase an Audio 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 2pm.

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 Russell Martin and a player. Highlights will be available three hours after full-time.

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Report: MK Dons 1-0 Bolton Wanderers

Healey scores again as MK Dons win again at home..

22 February 2020

Rhys Healey scored for the fifth successive game to help MK Dons beat Bolton Wanderers 1-0 at Stadium MK.

In a tight affair between two teams battling for the points, it was Russell Martin’s men who secured all three – Healey’s 68th-minute strike proving the difference.

The Dons’ sixth home match out of their last seven kept them 18th in the Sky Bet League One but, crucially, moved them 13 points clear of the bottom three.

Boss Martin made two changes from the side which drew 1-1 at Lincoln City 11 days ago, with Louis Thompson and Ben Reeves coming in for Conor McGrandles and Sam Nombe – they were amongst the substitutes alongside the returning Callum Brittain and Ben Gladwin.

The Dons started confidently and the in-form Rhys Healey forced an early save from Remi Matthews – the Bolton stopper doing well to palm away the striker’s fierce left-footed strike.

Healey almost found himself in again on nine minutes but Alex Gilbey’s through pass was intercepted by Aristote Nsiala.

Bolton threatened for the first time with 11 minutes on the clock when Ali Crawford delivered in a free-kick. It was inadvertently flicked on by Regan Poole but fortunately Lee Nicholls was there to make the save.

The Dons responded by almost taking the lead through Louis Thompson, whose bending right-footed shot fell just wide of the post from the edge of the D. Martin’s men then won a corner, from which Healey headed off target.

They had a great opportunity to open the scoring with six minutes to play in the half but, following a mazy run into the box, and subsequent cross, by Gilbey, Morris saw his effort blocked by a Bolton defender.

Crawford had one final chance, before the half, for the visitors – a looping effort which was comfortable for Nicholls in the centre of his goal. Morris then tried his luck for the Dons, but saw his low drive swallowed up by Matthews.

The Dons won themselves a free-kick a few minutes into the second half but Jordan Moore-Taylor’s header, from Ben Reeves’ delivery, was claimed by the Bolton goalkeeper. From another set piece, this time a corner, Gilbey fired wide.

With 59 minutes played, Dennis Politic blazed way off target from distance. Daryl Murphy then went close with a left-footed half-volley which he dragged just wide of the post.

At the other end, Houghton drilled over with an ambitious long-range attempt. Boss Martin then made his first change of the afternoon, introducing Sam Nombe in place of Reeves. Within a minute, his side were in front.

Breaking forward quickly from the back, Gilbey carried the Dons deep into the Bolton half before finding Healey to his left. The number 10 took a heavy touch into the area but was still able to get a shot away – a shot which found its way past Matthews and into the net. 1-0.

Bolton threatened an equaliser with six minutes to play but Politic’s low shot to the near post was saved well by Nicholls. Gilbey then went agonisingly close to sealing the win, but had his shot saved by the legs of Matthews.

Healey should have had a second late in stoppage time, but saw his goal-bound effort blocked by a defender after he rounded the goalkeeper. It didn’t matter, however, as the Dons held on to secure another crucial home win.

MK Dons: Nicholls, Williams, Lewington (c), Poole, Reeves (Nombe 67), Gilbey, Healey, Moore-Taylor, Thompson (McGrandles 76), Morris (Gladwin 89), Houghton.

Subs: Fisher, Walsh, Gladwin, Brittain, Kasumu.

Goal: Healey (68)

Booked: Morris

Bolton Wanderers: Matthews, Lowe (c), Hobbs, L Murphy, D Murphy, Crawford (Emmanuel 73), Fleming, Mellis (Graham 56), Hamilton (Dodoo 78), Politic, Nsiala.

Subs: Alexander, Bunney, Delaney, O’Grady.

Booked: Politic

Referee: O Yates

Attendance: 8,539 (766 away)

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