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Preview: Yeovil Town

13 September 2012

Karl Robinson will have every squad member available for selection when fast-starters Yeovil Town travel to stadiummk this Saturday. 

It is the first time this season the Dons boss has had all of his first team players fighting for a place in the matchday 16. 

With the camp injury and suspension free, Robinson has a wealth of talent at his disposal looking to bounce back from the defeat at Walsall. 

Although the Dons have failed to win on their travels so far their record at MK1 is one to be proud of, with a 100 per cent record in all competitive homes matches this season, including a 2-1 scalp of Championship side Blackburn Rovers in the Capital One Cup.

Yeovil Town, with 10 points and sitting in fourth place, have started the season brightly under boss Gary Johnson and with a side that includes former Dons loanee Keanu Marsh-Brown and highly-rated forward James Hayter, they will certainly provide a tough test for Robinson and his team.

The last time the two teams met, Yeovil took the points in a 1-0 victory here at stadiummk although the Dons won the reverse fixture by the same scoreline earlier in the season thanks to a Sam Baldock goal.

Having had a week without a fixture for almost the first time this season, boss Robinson has had a chance to reflect on previous results and focus his attention on the challenge with Yeovil.

Speaking to the media ahead of the game Robinson, who celebrates his 32nd birthday today, said: “Yeovil have surprised a lot of people this season, obviously over the last few years they have been in the bottom half of the table and they’re now in the top half. Gary Johnson is up for the Manager of the Month award for a reason. 

"They have brought in some very good players over the summer – it’s a new team, they’re big, strong and athletic. We know it is going to be a really difficult test on Saturday.”

The Dons welcome back Gary MacKenzie from international duty after the Scotsman missed the trip to Walsall last weekend.  Goalkeeper Ian McLoughlin also returns having spent a week away with Republic of Ireland Under-21s.

Jimmy Bullard could make a return after injury kept him out of the clash with the Saddlers as Robinson will have everyone available for selection for the first time this season, including former Yeovil striker Dean Bowditch.

Yeovil Town will be without full-back Ian McAllister who is suspended following his sending off in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy match with Bristol Rovers last week.

McAllister’s absence may allow another chance for 19-year-old Nathan Ralph to fill in, after the youngster impressed last weekend against AFC Bournemouth. Gavin Williams is expected to undergo a late fitness test to see whether he can feature at stadiummk.

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