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26 December 2012

Karl Robinson makes two changes to the side that beat Hartlepool United 1-0 eleven days ago with Adam Chicksen and Daniel Powell coming into the side.

Chicksen and Powell have been called upon to replace injured duo Luke Chadwick and Stephen Gleeson, both of whom face a prolonged spell on the sidelines, which causes a re-shuffle in positions.

Versatile Shaun Williams moves into his preferred midfield role alongside Darren Potter while Kouo-Doumbe takes his place next to Antony Kay at centre-back with Chicksen starting at right back.

Up front, Angelo Balanta moves into the ‘number 10’ role in-between wingers Powell and Dean Bowditch for his 50th career League start, while Ryan Lowe continues to lead the line as the lone striker.

On the bench, Patrick Bamford make his return from injury and is among the substitutes along with fellow loanees Ibra Sekajja, Zeli Ismail and striking pair Charlie MacDonald and Alan Smith. Under-18 starlet Dele Alli is also among the seven replacements.

MK Dons (4-2-3-1): Martin; Chicksen, Kouo-Doumbe, Kay, Lewington (c); Potter, Williams; Powell, Balanta, Bowditch; Lowe.

Subs: McLoughlin (GK), MacDonald, Smith, Alli, Sekajja, Ismail, Bamford. 

Walsall (4-4-1-1): McCarey; Purkiss, Downing, Butler, Taylor; Westcarr, Mantom, Chambers, Paterson; Brandy; Grigg.

Subs: Grof (GK) Holden, Cuvelier, Hemmings, Bowerman, Benning, Baxendale.

Referee: S Attwell (Warwickshire)

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