The Dons take on Reading this afternoon in the first ever meeting between the two sides at stadiummk.
Since the 12th December, whenever the men from MK1 have been beaten they’ve responded the following game by picking up a positive result and they’ll want that to continue today.
Reading are unbeaten in their last three games and impressively held second-place Derby County to a draw in midweek.
McDermott’s side will now be out to turn around their record away from home, having lost seven games on the road in 2015/16, which is the third-highest total amongst sides outside the bottom three.
They have also conceded 20 goals in their 13 away matches, which is more than all but two sides, excluding those in the relegation places.
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Karl Robinson: “Brian (McDermott) being back there is obviously going to make them better. They’ve got a really good side, even after losing Nick Blackman - they’ve still got some wonderful players.
“We wanted to be at this level, playing these teams, so we won’t shy away from the challenge.”
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HEAD TO HEAD
Breakspear’s assistant referees will be Paul Hobday and Ravel Cheosiaua while the fourth official is Gavin ward.
The Surrey official, who last refereed the Dons in November 2014 for their FA Cup victory over Port Vale, has shown 93 yellow cards this campaign but has yet to send off a player. He has, though, awarded five penalties.
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Oliver Norwood deputised as captain in McShane’s absence and is expected to retain the armband.
Reading are expected to be without defenders Jordan Obita (knee), Paul McShane (calf) and midfielder Aaron Tshibola (hamstring).
Carl Baker (ankle) is the Dons’ only injury absentee.
Either Joe Walsh or Matt Upson could replace Kay at centre-back – the latter made it through 75 minutes in Wednesday’s Berks and Bucks County Cup fixture.
The Dons will be without Antony Kay, who is suspended for one match following the red card he was shown in Tuesday’s defeat to Burnley.
“They’ve got a really good manager who has been there a long time - it’s great to see a club with a young manager doing well, as far as bringing players through and working with good young players and playing attractive.”
Brian McDermott: “We’ve got to be aware that they’ll be wounded after the other night. You get bad results – that’s football. They’ll come back from that and look to fight in the next game – and we are the next game.
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Josh Murphy: 9/1
Ben Reeves: 8/1
Hal Robson-Kanu: 13/2
Nicky Maynard: 13/2
Matej Vydra: 6/2
Orlando Sa: 11/2
Reading win: 6/5
Dons win: 23/10
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