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20 October 2016 details the storylines to follow heading into Saturday's clash with Southend United at Stadium MK...

Dons after complete performance
MK Dons know the way to turn around their fortunes at home is by putting together a complete 90-minute performance.
They’ve tried coming from behind – trailing 2-0 to Millwall back in August, the Dons fought back to level things before half-time but couldn’t find a crucial third goal – while they’ve also had the lead at the break without being able to hold on – Tuesday’s clash at Stadium MK saw Karl Robinson’s men with a two-goal advantage over Bristol Rovers, only to see the Pirates fight back late on and earn a point.
The men from MK1 will need to put it all together to claim a first home success of the season this weekend – something Ed Upson alluded to in his post-match interview on Tuesday.
“The first half was very good and very enjoyable but a few mistakes in the second half has cost us," he told MK Dons PlayerHD. "If we perform like we did in the first half for a full match then I’m sure we’ll be able to put things right.”
Stop rejuvenated Southend
Having only won once in seven games to start the season, Southend have since added three more victories to their tally and they will arrive in Milton Keynes this weekend full of confidence having avoided defeat in four of their most recent five fixtures – it’s up to the Dons to stop them in their tracks.
Robinson’s men have faced a number of in-form sides this season – Fleetwood Town, Scunthorpe United, Bury and Bristol Rovers were among those enjoying good runs when they came up against the Dons this season.
It will be a tough test for the Dons to overcome but one that will give them a much-needed confidence boost should they come out on top.
Stick or twist?
Result aside, the Dons’ can relatively with their performance for the majority of Tuesday’s clash with Bristol Rovers, first half especially.
Robinson was forced into making two changes due to the suspensions to Joe Walsh and Darren Potter, while he opted to move Dean Bowditch up-front as the lone strike with Ryan Colclough and Kieran Agard either side.
Will Robinson stick with the team or will he re-introduce the likes of Potter, Walsh and Maynard, with the hope they’ll provide that added boost to get a positive result over the line?

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