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Dons look to continue Boxing Day success

24 December 2015

The Dons face Cardiff City on Boxing Day, boasting a strong record in the season’s traditional festive fixture.

The men from MK1 have won seven of their last eight Boxing Day clashes, scoring a total of 16 goals and conceding just three. has taken a look back at all seven of the triumphs, including the 4-1 victory over Stockport County at stadiummk back in 2009.

2014: 1-0 vs Notts County (Meadow Lane)
The Dons kept hold of second-place in League One thanks to Daniel Powell’s first-half strike.

Powell grabbed his fifth goal of the season when he finished off after good work from team-mate Benik Afobe.

Karl Robinson’s men nearly doubled their lead but Dele Alli's effort hit the foot of the post from 20 yards out, while County’s Ronan Murray's shot straight at David Martin after Colby Bishop's pass.

Starting XI: Martin; Spence, Kay, McFadzean, Lewington; Potter, Alli; Baker (Carruthers 88), Bowditch (Grigg 81), Powell (Green 81); Afobe.

Subs: McLoughlin, Baldock, Flanagan, Randall.

Starting XI: Martin; Hodson, Spence, Williams (Kay 55), Lewington; Potter, Gleeson; Carruthers, Reeves, Jennings (Baldock 67); Bamford (Smith 91).

Subs: McLoughlin, Flanagan, Galloway, Banton.

Crawley's Billy Clarke was sent off for a late challenge on Lee Hodson.

Gleeson opened the scoring on 22 minutes with a spectacular shot from the edge of the area before Bamford latched onto Dale Jennings' through ball to claim his 16th goal of the season and double the advantage.

Goals from Stephen Gleeson and Patrick Bamford helped the Dons to a Boxing Day victory at 10-man Crawley Town.
2013: 2-0 vs Crawley Town ( Stadium)

Starting XI: Martin; Smith, Doumbe, MacKenzie, Lewington; Potter, Gleeson; Chadwick (Powell 78), Ibehre, Bowditch (Balanta 84); MacDonald (Williams 83).

Subs: McLoughlin, O’Shea.

Butcher then parried Dean Lewington's effort before Charlie MacDonald pounced to wrap up win.

Bowditch turned provider for the second goal when Smith fired past Lee Butcher from 30 yards.

Adam Smith's right-wing cross was met on the volley by Dean Bowditch to put the Dons in-front eight minutes before half-time.

The Dons secured their seventh away victory of the season with a comprehensive triumph at Leyton Orient.
2011: 3-0 vs Leyton Orient (Matchroom Stadium)

Starting XI: Gueret; Woodards, Doumbe, McCracken (Powell 52), Lewington; Puncheon, Gleeson, Quashie (Leven 67), Chadwick; Wilbraham, Easter (Baldock 56).

Subs: Stirling, Howell, Gobern, Morgan.

Nigel Quashie made it 3-0 when he curled the ball home from 12 yards and Puncheon sealed the win with a superb 20-yard chip after Peter Thompson had pulled a goal back for Stockport.

Puncheon fired a swerving left-foot drive into the top corner to open the scoring while Jermaine Easter doubled the lead with a close-range header.

Jason Puncheon scored a brace as Paul Ince's side moved back into the play-off places with a win over rock-bottom Stockport.
2009: 4-1 vs Stockport County (stadiummk)

Starting XI: Harper; Diallo, O'Hanlon, Butler, Lewington; McGovern, Andrews, Wilbraham, Dyer (Smith 85); Platt (Edds 85), McLeod (Taylor 55).

Subs: Baines, Mitchell.

Izale McLeod then made it 2-0 from the penalty spot on 38 minutes, having been fouled himself by Steve Angus.

The Gulls missed several chances before Clive Platt put the Dons ahead when he lashed the ball into the top corner.

The ensured Boxing Day delight with a comfortable 2-0 win at Torquay United.
2006: 2-0 vs Torquay United (Plainmoor)

Starting XI: Gueret; Howell, Swailes, O'Hanlon (Carbon 46), Lewington; Wright, Navarro, Andrews, Cameron (Johnson 86), Dyer; Gallen (Broughton 81).

Subs: Abbey, Hadfield.

Colin Cameron struck the post with a flying header as Dons threatened but they would snatch the win late on as Johnson scored in injury time.

The goal came against the run of play and after 15 minutes Kevin Gallen set up Mark Wright to level the score.

It was Notts County who took the lead through midfielder Richard Butcher’s header.

A dramatic injury-time winner from substitute Jemal Johnson kept the Dons at the top of League Two.
2007: 2-1 vs Notts County (Meadow Lane)

Starting XI: Gueret; Cummings, O'Hanlon, Llera, Stirling; Wright, Navarro, Leven, Johnson (Powell 69); Wilbraham (Flo 83), Baldock (Howell 41).

Subs: Abbey, Gerba.

Miguel Angel Llera was then sent off for a second booking after 36 minutes but Rovers defender Byron Anthony headed Jemal Johnson's cross into his own net to secure three points for Robert Di Matteo’s men.

Aaron Wilbraham's header gave the Dons the lead but the advantage lasted only a minute as Jo Kuffour levelled with a dipping volley.

Despite going down to 10 men, the Dons were able to come away from the Memorial Stadium with a Boxing Day victory.
2008: 2-1 vs Bristol Rovers (Memorial Stadium)

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Tickets for the Boxing Day clash with Cardiff City will be available to buy right up until kick-off, priced from £25 adults, £17 senior/under-21s and £7 under-18s while under-12s can go FREE with a Young Dons membership.

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