mkdons.com details the storylines to follow heading into Saturday’s clash with Gillingham at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium...
MK Dons will be looking to accomplish a feat they haven’t achieved since their promotion-winning campaign this weekend – win three games in a row.
After victories over AFC Wimbledon and Charlton Athletic, they have the opportunity to stretch their winning run to three games for the first time since that final month of the 2014/15 season.
A triumph at Gillingham would also be a third successive league victory following on from that success over AFC Wimbledon and the 2-1 victory at Coventry City at end of November.
CONTINUE THE CLIMB
Courtesy of their recent stretch of results, Robbie Neilson’s men can start to look upwards in Sky Bet League One.
They currently sit four points adrift of the top half and a further four off the play-off places but that could all change with a victory in Kent this weekend and a good run over the busy festive period.
Twelve points are up for grabs before the calendar hits the first true weekend of the New Year and even obtaining half that amount would surely see the Dons climb several places in the table – they’ll, of course, be aiming for more!
DEFEAT THE BOGEY TEAM
If the Dons are to claim that third straight success they’ll need to throw the history books out of the window, as the past seems to favour the hosts.
In five visits to Gillingham since their first ever meeting in December 2005, the men from MK1 have never come out on top after 90 minutes – losing three times and drawing twice (the Dons did beat the Kent club on penalties en route to their EFL Trophy triumph in 2007/08).
The last two games at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium will, in particular, provide bad memories for Dons supporters.
In 2013/14, the Dons were beaten 3-2 in an eventful match which saw defender Tom Flanagan sent off inside 13 minutes for two fouls in the penalty area which led to successful spot-kicks. Patrick Bamford hit a first-half brace to pull the team level but Gills went on to win it after the re-start.
Then, during the promotion-winning season of 2014/15, the Dons were again beaten despite scoring two goals, with the hosts netting four times to halt the Stadium MK outfit’s promotion-charge.
Neilson and his team will be hoping to overturn the bad luck and misfortune this Saturday and make the journey to Kent a memorable one – for the right reasons!
Tickets for the clash with Gillingham can now only be bought on Saturday at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium, priced from £10 adults, £5 over-65s/under-18s and FREE for under-12s.