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Preview: Bury

13 February 2017

MK Dons will be looking to return to winning ways this evening when they take on Bury at Gigg Lane.

Robbie Neilson’s men were beaten for the first time in seven league games at Oxford United last weekend, losing 1-0 to a late Kane Hemmings header. Saturday’s defeat also saw their run of scoring in four straight matches come to an end, having netted 11 times in those fixtures.

Still, the Dons remain one of the form sides in the division since the turn of the year so they should have confidence in being able to bounce back with a positive result at Gigg Lane, especially as it’s a ground they’ve never lost at.

A win over the Shakers would see them tally their seventh away success of the campaign, which would be one of the better totals in the division. It could also see them move to within six points of the play-off places, should results go their way elsewhere.

Kick-off is at 7.45pm.

Bury go into this evening’s game on the back of an important 1-0 win over relegation rivals Swindon Town – a victory which saw them move one point adrift of safety in the Sky Bet League One table.

The Shakers have also been amongst the goals of late, having netted 12 times in their past five matches. Striker James Vaughan scored eight of those and the Sky Bet League One Player of the Month for January is currently tied for second in the race to finish as the division’s top finisher this season.

As their recent form shows, scoring goals has not been a problem for Chris Brass’ side, it’s been the performances at the other end of the pitch which have left them in a perilous position in the table.

Bury have conceded a League One-high 60 goals in their 31 games this season – a total which is second amongst sides across the EFL’s three divisions.

The Dons suffered their first league defeat since Boxing Day last Saturday as they were beaten 1-0 by Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium.

Robbie Neilson’s men twice went close to opening the scoring in the first half but both Chuks Aneke and Stuart O’Keefe failed to find the net from inside the area.

David Martin then produced a fine double save to deny Chris Maguire but just when it appeared as though a 0-0 draw would be the final result, Kane Hemmings headed home a Rob Hall cross to give his side a late lead.

The U’s did have a chance to extend their advantage deep into stoppage time but David Martin pulled off a terrific triple save to prevent Maguire, whose initial effort came from the penalty spot following a foul by Darren Potter which earned him a second yellow card.



Jermaine Hylton, Jonathan Obika and Charlie Colkett all had chances to equalise for the Robins in the second half but the Greater Manchester outfit were able to hold on for a vital three points.

Greg Leigh then went close for the hosts, who were later handed the chance to break the deadlock when Raphael Rossi Branco fouled Tom Pope in the area. Vaughan stepped up to take the penalty which he confidently smashed down the middle for his 18th goal of the season.

Reece Brown fired an early free-kick wide for the Shakers before Swindon’s Ben Gladwin headed over the bar.

Bury picked up a hugely-important victory at home to relegation-rivals Swindon Town.




Robbie Neilson: “They’ve got (James) Vaughn up front, whose scored a lot of goals for them and (Tom) Pope is a difficult player to play against as well. They’ve changed their system a couple of times so we have to make sure we’re fully prepared.”
FIGHTING TALK




Biggest Dons win: 5-1, 2 Feb 2008 (Gigg Lane)
Last Dons win: 4-1, 22 Sep 2012 (Gigg Lane)
Dons wins at Gigg Lane: 3
Dons wins: 5

Webb’s assistant referees are Ian Dudley and Matthew Bristow while the fourth official is Alan Clayton.

The Lancashire official has refereed both the Dons and Bury once before this season, handing out a combined nine yellow cards. In total, he’s booked 74 players in 2016/17 but only made one dismissal and that was back in August.

David Webb will take charge of this evening’s fixture at Gigg Lane.

Midfielder Danny Mayor is available but defender Nathan Cameron and midfielders Kean Bryan, Craig Jones and Zeli Ismail all remain out of action.

Bury, meanwhile, have no fresh injuries to contend with ahead of tonight’s game.

Darren Potter (suspended) is also out of Tuesday’s game while Ben Reeves continues to recover from a groin problem.

Robbie Neilson has a decision to make at the back with Joe Walsh suspended and Dean Lewington (ankle) and Scott Wotton (knee) still sidelined. Young professionals Ben Tilney and Callum Brittain are two contenders to fill the void.

Chris Brass: “Home games will be crucial. The fact we have nine home games to come and seven away could be key to our survival.”


Last draw: 1-1, 12 Jan 2013 (Stadium MK)
Draws at Gigg Lane: 1
Draws: 2



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*All odds correct at the time of writing

Ryan Lowe: 15/2
Tom Pope: 15/2
George Miller: 7/1
James Vaughan: 9/2
No goalscorer: 121
Harvey Barnes: 6/1
Chuks Aneke: 11/2
Dean Bowditch: 11/2
Kieran Agard: 4/1
First goalscorer

Bury win: 12/5
Draw: 13/5
Dons win: 21/20
Result

Biggest win:  3-1, 27 Sep 2016 (Stadium MK)
Last Bury win: 3-1, 27 Sep 2016 (Stadium MK)
Bury wins at Gigg Lane: 0
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