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Storylines: Blackburn Rovers

Topic to keep an eye on ahead of Saturday's match...

23 August 2017

mkdons.com details the storylines to follow heading into Saturday’s Sky Bet League One clash at Ewood Park...

Back-to-back at Blackburn
The Dons will be looking to make it two wins from two in Sky Bet League One when they visit Ewood Park this weekend.

Robbie Neilson’s men picked up their first league victory of the season last Saturday against Gillingham and would love to follow that up with their maiden away triumph.

“Hopefully we can go there and get a win,” striker Ryan Seager told iFollow MK Dons. “We go into the game with confidence, especially after we got our first win in the league last weekend.

“Blackburn are a good side but so are we. I think if we go there and be positive, we’ll get chances and we know we can take them.”

Dons’ freshness to be an advantage?
Neilson made eight changes to his starting XI for the Carabao Cup tie with Swansea, meaning the majority of his line-up will be fresh and raring to go this Saturday.

Lee Nicholls, Scott Wootton, Ethan Ebanks-Landell, Ousseynou Cissé and Osman Sow all sat out Tuesday’s match and could return to the line-up, while Peter Pawlett was another rested – the midfielder is still awaiting his first start as a Don after two impressive cameos off the bench.

What’s more, the men from MK1 will have had 24 hours extra rest over their opponents, Rovers, who play tonight (Wednesday) in their Carabao Cup Round Two tie – it’s a Lancashire derby too, so expect Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray to name a strong team!

Can a fresh Dons side make the most of their advantage on Saturday?

Sow far, sow good
Osman Sow made a dream start to life as a Don against Gillingham and the Swede will want to build on an impressive debut at Ewood Park.

The striker proved the match-winner in the 1-0 victory over the Gills, heading home an Aaron Tshibola cross 47 minutes into his first appearance for the men from MK1.

Can he find the net again on Saturday? The 27-year-old hopes so.

“We go again and hopefully we can get some more goals and wins,” he told iFollow MK Dons after last weekend’s win at Stadium MK.

“It was my first 60 minutes in a while so I need to get some more minutes under my belt to get up to my top speed. I’m looking forward to playing more and getting sharper.”

Agard alright?
Kieran Agard was a late withdrawal from Tuesday’s starting XI after tweaking his groin in the warm-up.

“He probably could have still started but we felt it wasn’t worth the risk, so we took him out,” Neilson said in his post-match interview with iFollow MK Dons.

The Dons boss should provide an update on the striker’s condition, as well as a full injury round-up ahead of the weekend, in his pre-match press conference on Thursday.

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Tickets for Saturday's clash with Blackburn Roves are priced at £22 adults, £15 seniors/under-22s, £7 under-18s and £5 under-12s, when bought in advance of matchday from the Club.

Travel, meanwhile, is available at £28 adults and £27 over-65s/under-18s. Season Ticket holders and members are entitled to a £1 discount on away travel.

To book tickets and travel click here, visit the Box Office at Stadium MK or call 0333 200 5343. Tickets will be available from the Club until 5pm on Friday.


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