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Preview: Huddersfield Town

23 February 2016

The Dons will be looking to bounce back when they take on Huddersfield Town under the lights at stadiummk.

Karl Robinson’s side are eager to respond after falling to their first defeat in four games against Bristol City on the weekend.

The men from MK1 remain five points clear of the bottom three in the Sky Bet Championship and have a good record at stadiummk on Tuesday evening having won all-but two of their eight games.

THE OPPOSITION
Huddersfield arrive in Milton Keynes in search of their third straight victory – a feat they haven’t achieved since December 2013.

The Terriers, 15th in the Championship table, beat Nottingham Forest and Wolverhampton Wanderers without conceding a goal – they had lost four on the bounce prior to the 2-0 success over Forest 10 days ago.

Away from home, David Wagner’s side have picked up four victories and four draws, while scoring 18 goals – a tally bettered by only five times outside the play-offs.

LAST TIME OUT
The Dons were beaten for the first time in four games on Saturday, slipping to a 2-0 defeat at home to Bristol City.

Robinson’s men went behind in first-half stoppage time when the visitors pounced on a defensive error and Jonathan Kodjia finished from a Lee Tomlin cross.

The Robins striker doubled his tally in the second half to secure the three points for his side.

Huddersfield moved 12 points clear on the relegation places after beating Wolves 1-0 at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Terriers winger Jamie Paterson went close in the first-half before Wolves striker Joe Mason had an effort ruled out of for offside.

Nahki Wells then won the game for his side in the 78th minute with a close-range finish after capitalising on some hesitant defending.

VIEW FROM THE DUGOUTS
Karl Robinson: “We’re going up against a team who are very unique in the way they play. I’ve loved watching them and it’s been a great challenge coming up with something to combat them.”





David Wagner: “We’re expecting an opponent that likes to play football. I like their offensive style of play. There will be two teams that like to play on the pitch so hopefully it will be a good, nice game tomorrow.”




Last Dons win: 2-1, 12th May 2012 (John Smith’s Stadium)
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Dons wins: 3
HEAD TO HEAD

Bull’s two assistant referees are Mark Griffiths and Adam Crysell while the fourth official is Stephen Martin.

The Essex official, who last marshalled a Dons game back in April last year, has 36 yellow cards in 2015/16 and sent off four players.

Michael Bull is tonight’s referee and he will take charge of his 14th game of the season.
REFEREE

Dean Whitehead, Kyle Dempsey and Karim Matmour are pushing for recalls to the side.

Huddersfield could hand Elvis Manu his first start in midfield but striker Ishmael Miller and winger Sean Scannell remain sidelined with knee injuries.

Robinson is still without Matt Upson (hamstring) and Carl Baker (ankle) while Samir Carruthers serves the second game of his two-match suspension.

Cody Cropper will replace the Martin between the sticks for what will be his first career league start. Charlie Burns has been recalled from his loan spell at Hayes and Yeading United to cover on the bench.

The Dons will be without David Martin, who suffered a hamstring injury in Saturday’s clash with Bristol City.
TEAM NEWS




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MATCH COVERAGE

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*All odds correct at the time of writing

Rob Hall: 9/2
Josh Murphy: 4/1
Nicky Maynard: 3/1
Jay Emmanuel-Thomas: 3/1
First Dons goalscorer

Huddersfield win: 13/10
Draw: 12/5
Dons win: 2/1
Result
SKY BET ODDS

Last draw: 1-1, 4th Feb 2012 (John Smith’s Stadium)
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Draws: 4

Last Huddersfield win: 2-0, 20th Oct 2015 (John Smith’s Stadium)
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