mkdons.com details three storylines to follow heading into this weekend’s clash with Fleetwood Town...
The Dons ended a run of successive defeats with back-to-back draws against promotion-favourites Bolton Wanderers and in-form Oxford United, so they’ll be looking to use that confidence to help them pick up their first league win in five games.
In both the last two matches, Robinson’s side were unlucky not to take maximum points, while against Oxford they managed to keep a long-awaited clean sheet – something they’ll look to repeat at Highbury Stadium on Saturday.
“The performances in the last two games have deserved more,” the Dons boss said after the goalless draw at Stadium MK last weekend. “I’m confident it will turn and the results will come."
CAN DONS MAINTAIN STRONG AWAY FORM?
While a lot has been made about the results at Stadium MK, the Dons have impressed on the road this season having won two and drawn one from their four league fixtures so far.
Karl Robinson’s men have scored five times away from Stadium MK, with all but one of those coming in the second half. On the flip side, the four goals the Dons have conceded have all come in the first half.
WILL THE UNDER-21S STANDOUTS FEATURE?
A number of first-team players featured and impressed in the Under-21s’ 5-1 victory over Stevenage on Tuesday, so may they have force their way into Robinson’s plans this weekend?
Nicky Maynard, who has been among the substitutes in the Dons’ last two league outings, scored the opening goal, while Samir Carruthers and George C Williams both stood out as well.
Maynard told MK Dons PlayerHD: “With only playing five minutes against Bolton and then not getting on at all the Saturday just gone, I didn’t want to be losing any match fitness so my main aim was to come here, do the right things well and hopefully get a goal or two, as well as get my confidence up and put myself in good stead for the next game.”
Some of the Dons’ young starlets also played in the behind-closed-doors friendly and will compete for places on the substitutes’ bench.