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Preview: Coventry City

1 October 2012

MK Dons travel to the Ricoh Arena on Tuesday to take on Coventry City looking to extend their unbeaten run to five games.

A victory over the Sky Blues will see Karl Robinson’s side make it four wins out of five and could push them up into second place, if results go the right way elsewhere.

Off the back of a battling 1-0 triumph over Crewe Alexandra on Saturday, the Dons will be hoping to get their away form up and running after picking up their first three points on the road last time out against Bury.

Coventry City haven’t enjoyed the best of starts to life in League 1 after relegation from the Championship last campaign, and see themselves lying in 22nd place with only six points from their opening nine games.

However City, now under the guidance of former-Barnsley boss Mark Robins, picked up their first win of the season on the weekend and will be looking to continue that on Tuesday in front of their home supporters.

Despite their position in the table, Robinson is fully aware of the challenge his side face when they travel to the West Midlands.

Speaking before the game, he said: “Coventry haven’t really got going this season but they’re not far away.

“They’ve got a good manager, good players, a fantastic stadium they’re just not having the rub of the green.

“I watched them play Stevenage a couple of weeks ago and I actually thought they were the better team in the first half it’s just not going their way at the moment.

“I’m sure at some stage it will click and they’ll definitely be competing to get into the top half and maybe push for the play-offs in the latter part of the season.

“The Ricoh has a massive pitch with lots of room to express yourself so we’ve got to go there and do what we do best and that’s play football and entertain our fans.”

With the injured Jimmy Bullard announcing his retirement from football on Monday, the only injury concern for the Dons is defender Gary MacKenzie who is expected to miss out due to a groin problem.

MacKenzie’s absence should see Antony Kay and Shaun Williams continuing in the centre of the Dons defence while Adam Chicksen will be hoping to keep his place on the right ahead of Jon Otsemobor.

Charlie MacDonald scored the decisive goal against Crewe Alexandra and is expected to lead the line ahead of Alan Smith and Ryan Lowe.

Coventry City will run the rule over Kevin Kilbane who is undergoing strengthening work on his hamstring.

Midfielder Steve Jennings remains sidelined due to a hip problem, while several players will be assessed after picking up minor knocks and bruises last weekend.

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