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Preview: Coventry City

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

18 October 2019

MK Dons welcome Coventry City to Stadium MK this afternoon, looking to secure an important three points.

Paul Tisdale’s men are without a league win since their 3-0 thrashing of Blackpool back in September so a victory over the Sky Blues today would be most welcome and would likely see the side improve on their current standing of 19th in the Sky Bet League One table.

The Dons can climb as many as four places by securing their fourth home win of the campaign, which would provide a huge boost ahead of two difficult away trips next week.

Kick-off is at 3pm.

THE OPPOSITION
Coventry City enter this match winless in their last three but knowing that three points could lift them back into the top six in Sky Bet League One.

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The Sky Blues are also in search of their first away success of the season. Mark Robins men have drawn four and lost one of their five road matches so far this term, conceding 10 goals and scoring six during that time.

Striker Matt Godden currently leads the way in front of goal for City, having netted three times in the league since arriving in the summer from Peterborough United. Callum O’Hare and Zain Westbrooke each have two league strikes to their name from midfield, as does forward Jordy Hiwula.

LAST TIME OUT
MK Dons were edged out at the Memorial Stadium, with Tom Davies’ second-half goal the difference in a 1-0 defeat to Bristol Rovers.

Paul Tisdale’s men dominated the first half but fell behind early in the second courtesy of Davies’ first-time finish from a corner.

Ben Reeves provided a spark off the bench for the Dons but neither he, nor a teammate, could salvage a result.

A late Corey Blackett-Taylor goal earned Tranmere Rovers a shock 1-0 win away at Coventry City last weekend.

The Sky Blues enjoyed 71 percent of the possession and had 19 shots on goal but it was their visitors who would walk away with all three points.

Blackett-Taylor’s decisive strike came with only seven minutes remaining – the forward racing onto Keiron Morris’ flick-on before drilling a left-footed shot past Marko Marosi.

FIGHTING TALK
Paul Tisdale: "We’re looking at Coventry City and thinking they are a very good footballing team when they have possession of the ball. It’s going to be a big challenge for us."

Mark Robins: "It’s a great stadium against a good team and they’re generally good games so we should be looking forward to it."

TEAM NEWS
MK Dons boss Paul Tisdale revealed in Thursday’s pre-match press conference that both Kieran Agard and Alex Gilbey were back in training following their recent lay-offs, although it remains to be seen whether either player will be involved this afternoon.

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Ben Reeves came through his return to action unscathed so could feature, once again. So too might Jordan Houghton, who returned to the bench last time out following a short spell on the sidelines.

Regan Poole is also back in the squad after missing the defeat to Bristol Rovers while on international duty with Wales but strikers Rhys Healey (thigh), Sam Nombe (knee) and Joe Mason (hamstring) remain long-term absentees.

Coventry City could be without up to six players today but striker Max Biamou is set for a return.

Jamie Allen, Jodi Jones and Josh Pask are all doubts while Welsey Jobello, Dan Bartlett, Reise Allassani are out for the season with knee injuries.

OFFICIALS
John Busby will run the rule over this afternoon's clash at Stadium MK.

The four-year EFL veteran has taken charge of the Dons on six previous occasions, most recently in November 2018 for the 2-0 victory over Morecambe.

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So far this term, Busby has produced 43 yellow cards and four red cards in 12 matches. He has, though, only awarded one penalty.

His assistant referees are Paul Hobday and Leigh Crowhurst while the fourth official is Anthony Da Costa.

HEAD TO HEAD
Dons wins: 3
Dons wins at Stadium MK: 1
Last Dons win: 1-0, 18 Mar 2017 (Stadium MK)
Biggest Dons win: 2-1, 26 Nov 2016 (Ricoh Arena); 2-1 5 Apr 2014 (Sixfields Stadium)

Draws: 2
Draws at Stadium MK: 1
Last draw: 0-0, 23 Aug 2014 (Stadium MK)

Coventry wins: 4
Coventry wins at Stadium MK: 3
Last Coventry win: 1-0, 27 Jan 2018 (Stadium MK)
Biggest Coventry win: 3-1, 30 Nov 2013 (Stadium MK)

SKY BET ODDS
Dons win: 2/1
Draw: 23/10
Win: 5/4

Click HERE for more Sky Bet odds!

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.

To book 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 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 Paul Tisdale and a player. Highlights will be available three hours after full-time.

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Match Reports

Report: MK Dons 0-0 Coventry City

Paul Tisdale's men end run of defeats with a spirited point at home...

19 October 2019

MK Dons secured a much-needed point after playing out a goalless draw with Coventry City at Stadium MK.

Paul Tisdale’s men had lost five straight league games heading into the clash but put in a spirited display to earn a share of the spoils, with Lee Nicholls saving a second-half penalty in the game’s main talking point.

Jordan Moore-Taylor was handed his first league start since January as one of three changes made by boss Tisdale from the defeat to Bristol Rovers last time out. The returning Moore-Taylor came in for Russell Martin was joined in the starting XI by Alex Gilbey and Jordan Houghton, who replaced Jordan Bowery and Baily Cargill.

There was a place amongst the substitutes for Kieran Agard, back from injury, while Regan Poole was included after missing the trip to Bristol because of international duty.

Coventry started well but the Dons almost found a way through the Sky Blues on 10 minutes. Unfortunately for them, Gilbey’s through pass had a little too much on it for the on-rushing Callum Brittain. Tisdale’s men then had an opportunity from a corner but the visitors were able to scramble the ball away at the far post.

The visitors’ first opportunity came a quarter of an hour in when a deep cross was met by Jordy Hiwula. He tried to tee up a teammate however Kasumu was able to intercept the pass and clear.

A minute later, referee John Busby was waving away penalty appeals for a foul on Hiram Boateng in the City area. The midfielder appeared to be brought down after being found by McGrandles but no spot-kick was awarded.

On 19 minutes, Moore-Taylor got himself in the way of a goal-bound improvised effort from Hiwula. The returning centre-back was at it again shortly after, sliding in to block Callum O’Hare’s shot, which looked likely to trouble Nicholls.

The best chance of the opening half an hour came in the 30th minute. It fell to Amadou Bakayoko, who was unable to find the target with his header from six yards out. Bakayoko had another headed opportunity two minutes later and this attempt was saved.

Hiwula saw an 18-yard shot deflect wide in the final action of the first half. Boateng had the first chance of the second less than a minute in – a left-footed shot which was blocked by a Sky Blues man.

The Dons maintained their positive start to the second half and almost saw Kasumu and Brittain link up, but the former’s deep cross was gathered by Marko Marosi. At the other end, Nicholls was forced into action to keep out Zain Westbrooke’s fiercely-struck free-kick.

Nicholls produced another fine stop on 52 minutes to deny Jordan Shipley. From the City captain’s cross soon after, Bakayoko cleared the crossbar with an acrobatic attempt.

The visitors were handed a chance to take the lead two minutes later, after Hiwula was brought down by Nicholls inside the box after pouncing on an under-hit backpass. Hiwula took the spot-kick himself but saw his effort saved by the MK Dons number 1.

That sparked the Stadium MK crowd into life and seconds later they were almost celebrating an opening goal at the other end of the pitch. Following a swift attack down the left, Boateng found himself unmarked in front of goal but he was denied on the half-volley by a great Marosi stop.

Boateng raced through again on 59 minutes and sent in a cross which Brittain diverted away from Marosi. Gilbey tried to latch onto the loose ball but saw a City defender just get there first to clear away.

The contest was heating up and the Dons went close again in the 67th minute with Gilbey, whose left-footed attempt was palmed away by the City goalkeeper. Moments later, Houghton denied O’Hare with a crucial last-ditch tackle on the edge of the six-yard box.

Tisdale’s first substitution arrived with 20 minutes to play as Ben Reeves came on to replace Boateng. He was involved early but was dispossessed after working his way deep inside the box.

With 14 minutes to play, substitute Gervane Kastaneer had a curling shot blocked by the legs of Moore-Taylor. The same man fired over a minute later from the edge of the Dons area.

Shipley had a header saved by Nicholls in the 80th minute before Tisdale went to the bench for his second switch – replacing Gilbey with Agard. Moments later, Westbrooke dragged a right-footed effort wide from the edge of the D.

With four minutes to play, Reeves crashed a long-range drive against the crossbar. Fankaty Dabo then tried his luck from distance at the other end of the pitch but failed to find the target.

Reeves had another opportunity late on but couldn’t keep his strike down. The whistle then below, leaving the Dons in 19th place in Sky Bet League One but with some confidence heading into two away trips next week.

Starting XI: Nicholls, Williams, Lewington (c), Walsh, Gilbey (Agard 84), Moore-Taylor, McGrandles, Houghton, Brittain, Boateng (Reeves 70), Kasumu.

Unused subs: Moore, Poole, Cargill, Dickenson, Harley.

Booked: Williams, Brittain, Lewington, Kasumu, Moore-Taylor, Gilbey

Coventry City: Marosi, Rose, Hiwula (Kastaneer 70), Hyam, O’Hare, Walsh, Bakayoko (Biamou 62), Dabo, Westbrooke, Shipley (c), McCallum.

Unused subs: Wilson, Watson, Mason, McFadzean, Kelly.

Referee: J Busby

Attendance: 13,621 (6,274 away)

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