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Storylines: Shrewsbury Town

22 February 2017

mkdons.com details the storylines to follow heading into Saturday’s Sky Bet League One clash with Shrewsbury Town at Stadium MK...

From one form side to another
Last weekend’s opponents Fleetwood Town currently sit second in the Sky Bet League One form table over the last six games and above them are this Saturday’s visitors to Stadium MK – Shrewsbury Town.

If ever there was a time to ignore the table it would be this weekend as the Shrews, despite their position of 17th in Sky Bet League One, have won five of their last seven matches and have triumphs over promotion-contenders Bradford City and Scunthorpe United to their name.

Paul Hurst’s team have pulled themselves to within one point of the Dons and with confidence at an all-time high, they’ll provide tough opponents for Robbie Neilson’s men this weekend.

Back to winning ways
The Dons will be looking to avoid a fourth straight game without a victory when they entertain the Salop on Saturday.

They’ll also be looking to get back among the goals having been held to a blank in each of their last three outings – it’s worth noting that a Dons side has never gone four successive games without scoring a goal.

Both will be tough asks given that Shrewsbury have lost just twice since the turn of the year, while they’ve only conceded six times in their last eight fixtures.

George Baldock spoke about the team’s desire to do both this weekend: “We can’t rely on clean sheets in order to get something out of the game – we need to go back to scoring goals like we did against Northampton (Town) and Peterborough (United).

“We go again on Saturday here at home and we’ve just got to put it right.”

Reinforcements are on the way
The Dons could have a trio of key players back available for selection at the weekend, including playmaker Ben Reeves.

The attacking midfielder has been out of action for almost five weeks with a groin problem but returned to light training late last week, with Neilson tipping his number 10 to be available for selection on Saturday.

Dean Lewington is another who could feature after a spell on the sidelines – the captain returned to the matchday squad last week but will be pushing for a start against Shrewsbury.

He may be joined on the field by Joe Walsh, who has served his two-match suspension for picking up 10 yellow cards.

While a positive to have three key players back, their returns will provide Neilson with some welcome selection headaches, especially in defence given how well the likes of George Williams and Ben Tilney have performed in the last two matches.

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