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Preview: Blackburn Rovers

27 August 2012

mk.stadiumAn unbeaten Blackburn Rovers side will provide MK Dons with a stern test on Tuesday night as the two sides meet for the first time in the Capital One Cup at 

Last year the Dons produced one of their best performances in the same stage of the League Cup competition when they beat Premier League side Norwich City 4-0 in the second round. They will have to reproduce that level of football once more if they are to get the better of Steve Kean’s Rovers side.

In recent seasons Blackburn have been in the national headlines for various reasons but following their relegation from the Premier League, Kean will be hoping their football will do the talking in this campaign.

Morten Gamst Pedersen answered his critics on Saturday as he netted the winner against Leicester City to keep Rovers within touching distance of the early season pace-setters Blackpool.

Over the summer Kean has recruited well to bring in veteran Nuno Gomes, who was also on the score sheet at the weekend, Turkish international Colin Kazim-Richards on a season-long loan from Galatasaray plus former Liverpool, Spurs and Fulham midfielder Danny Murphy. 

Meanwhile, Rovers have also got the experience of former England goalie Paul Robinson, David Dunn and former Birmingham defender Scott Dann in their ranks.

Karl Robinson will be without the suspended trio of Antony Kay, Alan Smith and Dean Lewington but does welcome back Stephen Gleeson following his three-match ban. The midfielder is expected to go straight into the starting XI. 

Midfielder-turned-defender Shaun Williams could also start after returning from injury in Saturday’s defeat at Swindon Town although Mathias Kouo-Doumbe remains sidelined. As a result, Robinson could once again look towards the youth team to bolster the bench.

It took the Dons extra-time and penalties to beat Cheltenham Town in the first round, and if the score is even after 90 minutes an additional 30 minutes will be played. If the two sides still cannot be separated the game will be decided on a penalty shoot-out.

Tickets are available at the gate for the Capital One Cup clash. See Karl Robinson's thoughts ahead of the game on MK Dons Player soon.

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