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Preview: Bury

20 September 2012

MK Dons travel to Greater Manchester this weekend to take on Bury in search of their first away League win of the season.

After keeping their unbeaten start to the season at home in tact against Yeovil and Notts County at stadiummk, the Dons will be hoping to turn around their away from when they take on a Shakers team that are currently lying at the foot of the League One table.

Peter Shirtliff’s Bury side have only picked up one point at home this season and therefore Karl Robinson and his team will be hoping this Saturday can be the day to kick start their success away from MK1 this campaign.

However, Robinson is aware that despite their League position Bury will provide tough opposition, which was proven last season when the Dons could only manage a 0-0 draw with the hosts in a similar situation to where they are now.

Speaking before the game, the Dons manager said: “The fact they are bottom of the league doesn’t mean anything to me, they’ll be a very difficult test.

“I’ve seen Bury play about 3 or 4 times and every time I’ve seen them they’ve got a tremendous way about them with good wide players and forwards – they’re a difficult team.

“They went to Sheffield United last week and got a point and maybe should have won, so it’s difficult to judge as it’s so hard to predict any result in this League.

“We've just got to worry about ourselves and prepare for the game right. We’ve got a game plan. We worked that this morning, we’ll talk about it tomorrow and we’re going to go on the coach with a very clear guide of how we want to play.”

Robinson will have a fully-fit squad available for only the second time this season after Dean Bowditch recovered from the shoulder injury that forced him onto the bench on Tuesday.

Gary MacKenzie got through the fixture with Notts County without any problems and should keep his place in central defence with both Shaun Williams and Antony Kay battling it out to play alongside him.

Ryan Lowe is another who will be fighting for a starting place as he heads back to Gigg Lane for the first time since he left the Shakers last year.

Lowe’s former club could still be without Northern Ireland international David Healy after the striker was rated as ’50-50’ as he looks to recover from a thigh problem.

Experienced centre-back Efe Sodje returned from injury in Tuesday night’s defeat to Tranmere and suffered no reaction to a tight groin that forced him to be substituted against Sheffield United last week.

Former-Don Mark Carrington, who made 42 appearances for the Dons during his 18 month stay in MK1, could play a part although the midfielder was only on the bench for the Shakers in the week.

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