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Preview: Notts County

18 September 2012

MK Dons take on high-flying Notts County on Tuesday, off the back of an important 1-0 win over Yeovil Town last weekend.

Charlie MacDonald’s 75th minute strike earned the points for the Dons who moved to within three points of their upcoming opponents who currently lie in second place.

Notts County, who draw 2-2 with Oldham Athletic on Saturday, have not lost in their last ten away League fixtures which equals a 41-year-old Club record. 

And manager Karl Robinson is fully aware of the challenge his side face when they host the Magpies at stadiummk tomorrow night. 

Speaking before the game, Robinson said: “The best team will win tomorrow, whether that’s us or Notts County. There will be no tricks played, it’ll be two teams going toe to toe and hopefully we’ll get the result that we’re both looking for.

“They’ve assembled a really strong squad, they’ve kept the strength in depth that they had last year and also added to key areas which allows them to have better performance levels this year.

“We know how big a task this is. I’ve said to the boys, this is our hardest game of the season so far and they know they are going to be in for a battle tomorrow night and we know it’s going to be very difficult but if we overcome this, it’ll be a tremendous step in the right direction.

“We’re thankful it’s at home though in front of our fans that have been the best they’ve ever been this season.”

MK Dons’ only injury concern is defender Gary MacKenzie who will continue to be monitored after suffering a dead leg 13 minutes into the victory over the Glovers. Elsewhere, everybody else is available for selection providing Robinson with a nice headache as he looks to pick up his fifth straight home win.

Charlie MacDonald came off the bench to net the winner against Yeovil and will be hoping he’s done enough to earn himself a start although Ryan Lowe will no doubt be aiming to hold on to the lone striker role.

And boss Robinson once again praised his super sub but re-iterated that he needs to keep working hard and scoring goals if he wants to hold down a place in his side.

“It’s been 19 games since he’s scored a goal but we always knew he has tremendous ability and I’m made up for him. He’s just a tremendous lad and he deserves that for how hard he works over the course of the week. Effort-wise he definitely deserves to play every single week but with such a strong squad this year. If he scores goals, he’ll play.”

Notts County will be without Andre Boucaud after the midfielder was shown a straight red card during Saturday’s draw after a tackle on Oldham’s Cliff Byrne.

Full-back Alan Sheehan and midfielder Jeff Hughes could make returns from injuries although Joss Labadie and Hamza Bencherif will be pushing for starts in their places.

Former Wimbledon loanee Jamal Campbell-Ryce will also be hoping to be named among the XI after he came off the bench to net the equaliser for the Nottingham side on the weekend. Fellow defenders Tom Williams and Manny Smith remain County’s only serious injury worries.

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