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2016/17 recap – August

8 May 2017

mkdons.com takes a look back at the 2016/17 season, month-by-month, starting with August...

The Dons made a slow start to their Sky Bet League campaign, picking up just seven points from their opening five games. They finished the month without a win at Stadium MK but with two victories to their name from their two away fixtures.

In cup competitions, Karl Robinson’s side reached the Second Round of the Capital One Cup following a thrilling 3-2 win over Newport County, but were then knocked out by Championship side Reading at the Madejski Stadium.

They also got their Checkatrade Trophy campaign off to a positive start, collecting two points courtesy of a penalty shoot-out triumph over Barnet at Stadium MK.

SKY BET LEAGUE ONE TABLE


STATS
Player stats
Top appearance maker: George C Williams (7), Daniel Powell (7), Dean Bowditch (7)
Top goalscorer: Dean Bowditch (3)

August in numbers
8 – The amount of games played by the Dons, their busiest month of the season

12 – The total number of goals scored by the Dons

2 – How many times Kieran Agard found the net in his debut against Millwall

95 – The minute Scott Wootton headed home a dramatic winner away at Rochdale

44 – The total number of appearances made by Academy graduates

GAME-BY-GAME
Shrewsbury Town 0-1 MK Dons – Sky Bet League One (Saturday 6th)
MK Dons kicked off their 2016/17 campaign in the best possible manner – with a victory and a clean sheet.

Daniel Powell’s second-half strike proved to be the difference as the men from MK1 ran out deserved 1-0 winners in the Shropshire sunshine.





The hosts were 2-0 up after 55 minutes but a brace from the returning Dean Bowditch and a debut strike from Ben Tilney completed a dramatic comeback.

A young MK Dons side scored three second-half goals to win a thrilling EFL Cup first-round tie at Newport County.
Newport County 2-3 MK Dons – EFL Cup Round 1 (Tuesday 9th)




The Club’s record signing scored twice in five minutes to cancel out the visitors’ two-goal lead and ensure the Dons enjoyed an unbeaten first week of 2016/17.

Kieran Agard was at the double on his debut to help his new side earn a 2-2 draw in an entertaining first outing of the season at Stadium MK.
Dons 2-2 Millwall – Sky Bet League One (Saturday 13th)




Ed Upson pulled one back in injury-time but they couldn't add to that and, ultimately and rather unfortunately, slipped to their first defeat of 2016/17.

The men from MK1 found themselves 2-0 down after 17 minutes but went on to control proceedings and go close on numerous occasions, including hitting the post.

Despite a dominant second-half performance, the Dons were unable to maintain their unbeaten start to the season at Stadium MK on Tuesday evening.
MK Dons 1-2 Bradford City – Sky Bet League One (Tuesday 16th)




Wootton powered home Ed Upson’s free-kick to mark his league debut for the Dons in style and make it three away wins on the bounce.

Scott Wootton scored a header in the dying seconds to secure a dramatic victory at Rochdale.
Rochdale 0-1 MK Dons – Sky Bet League One (Saturday 20th)




The sides played an entertaining 2-2 draw with two goals coming in each of normal time and extra-time – Dean Bowditch opened the scoring and Kabongo Tshimanga dramatically concluded it in the 118th minute.

A young MK Dons side bowed out of the EFL Cup after a spirited display against Sky Bet Championship Reading ended in a penalty shoot-out defeat.
Reading 2-2 MK Dons (4-2 pens) – EFL Cup Round 2 (Tuesday 23rd)




Andrew Hughes turned home Marcus Maddison’s cross in the opening minutes before, against the run of play, another Maddison delivery was inadvertently headed into his own net by George Baldock with 20 minutes remaining.

Set-pieces were MK Dons’ undoing as they fell to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Peterborough United.
MK Dons 0-2 Peterborough United – Sky Bet League One (Saturday 27th)




Second-year scholar Brandon Thomas-Asante fired home the winning spot-kick after a 2-2 draw at the end of 90 minutes – Ben Reeves opened the scoring in normal time and Joe Walsh ensured the game went to penalties.

MK Dons won the opening game of their Checkatrade Trophy Group F campaign after a penalty shoot-out victory over Barnet at Stadium MK.
MK Dons 2-2 Barnet (5-3 pens) – Checkatrade Trophy Group F (Tuesday 30th)


NEWS
Jack joins on loan

Dons capture Colclough

Church heads to Holland

Agard arrives

Hitchcock departs

Defender Scott signs for the Dons

Dons grab goalie Nicholls

Aneke arrives at Stadium MK