mkdons.com details the storylines to follow heading into this Saturday’s Sky Bet League One fixture at Stadium MK...
Final game of the year
Blink and you’ll miss it. The year 2017 is coming to a close as MK Dons host Peterborough United in their final game of the calendar year this weekend. Robbie Neilson will be hoping for a similar result to that of last year where his MK Dons side overcame Swindon Town 3-2 in their final match of 2016, thanks to goals from Nicky Maynard and a Kieran Agard brace.
After suffering defeat against both Plymouth Argyle and Rotherham United, MK Dons will be looking to return to winning ways against Peterborough this Saturday. Despite taking an early lead at the New York Stadium, goals from Semi Ajayi and Will Vaulks meant the Millers ran out winners in South Yorkshire.
On Boxing Day, Gary Sawyer’s first-half goal condemned MK Dons to defeat, however, such is the nature of football – Neilson has the chance to put things right almost immediately against the Posh.
The old enemies
The two sides have met 23 times prior to Saturday’s clash with Peterborough having the better of the clash with 11 wins to MK Dons nine. Perhaps the most memorable result for MK Dons fans came in January 2017 as the Dons overcame Peterborough 4-0 at London Road. Both Harvey Barnes and Kieran Agard were on the scoresheet before Chuks Aneke put the game to bed with his late brace.
MK Dons also won the first ever clash between the two sides when in August 2004 they ran out 3-0 winners over the Cambridgeshire-outfit thanks to goals from Izale McLeod, Allan Smart and Malvin Kamara. Unfortunately, last time out it was Peterborough who were the happier of the two sides as goals from Ryan Tafazolli and Marcus Maddison earned them a 2- 0 win.
Come Saturday, Neilson will be looking to pick up three points against the old rivals.
Finding a way to win
A league win has eluded MK Dons since November 11th when they ran out 1-0 winners over Fleetwood Town at Stadium MK. Speaking to iFollow MK Dons after the defeat to Plymouth Argyle, Alex Gilbey acknowledged the poor run of results.
“We're in a rut and we need to get out of it.” Gilbey said, “I’ve been in them before, and you don't know where to buy a win from. It doesn't matter how hard you work on the training pitch or on the football pitch - it won't fall. We need to get a win and put an end to the rut.”
Robbie Neilson also commented on the form of his side and the importance of sticking together through this testing period.
“We have to stick together, as a group and as a club. There will be ups and downs, and we will keep fighting.”
Tickets for Saturday's clash with Peterborough United are priced from £22 adults, £17 over-65s and under-21s, and £7 under-18s while under-12s go FREE* with a Young Dons (Plus) membership. Supporters can upgrade their seat to East Centre for £5 or to clubRed for £10.
What’s more, groups of 20 or more who book tickets in one transaction qualify for a discounted rate of £15 adults, £10 over-65s and £3 under-18s.
To book tickets click here, visit the Box Office at Stadium MK or call 0333 200 5343. Tickets will be available to buy right up until kick-off.