mkdons.com details the storylines to follow heading into this Wednesday’s Sky Bet League One fixture at The Crown Oil Arena...
Wednesday marks the start of a very important week for Dan Micciche as his side face two teams who are in and around the relegation picture.
They first face Rochdale, who although currently sit bottom of the Sky Bet League One table, do have a number of games in hand on the rest of the division. Ryan Seager netted a late winner in the reverse fixture back in September as the Dons ran out 3-2 winners. A similar result will be a welcomed one on Wednesday evening.
Fast-forward to Saturday and it’s Fleetwood at Highbury for the men from MK1. The Cod Army have suffered seven consecutive defeats and recently sacked manager Uwe Rosler - they sit six points ahead of the Dons. With two positive results, Dons could begin their climb up the table.
Goals for Kieran…
Kieran Agard found the net for the seventh time in all competitions on Saturday afternoon as he headed home from close range. The goal means the 28-year-old is currently the Dons joint top goalscorer this season along with Chuks Aneke – both of which have seven goals to their name.
Last time Kieran Agard scored against Charlton, the striker went onto score six goals in six games, Dons will be hoping the forward can find a similar streak starting in Greater Manchester on Wednesday.
On Saturday, Chuks Aneke, Peter Pawlett, Osman Sow and Marcus Tavernier all missed out due to injuries. The quartet will be working closely alongside the medical team in order to get fit for Wednesday’s tie.
Alex Gilbey, Joe Walsh, and Scott Golbourne will continue their road to recovery, while Ethan Ebanks-Landell and Ed Upson will miss Wednesday’s game due to suspension.
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Rochdale pulled off one of the Club’s most historic results on Sunday afternoon as they drew 2-2 with Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur. Ian Henderson had given Dale the lead before Lucas Moura drew level on the hour mark.
Spurs looked to have secured their passage into the Quarter-Finals of the Emirates FA Cup with Harry Kane’s 88th-minute penalty, however, Steve Davies sent the Crown Oil Arena into a frenzy with his 93rd-minute equaliser.
Come Wednesday, will Rochdale have one eye on their Wembley appearance or will they be high on spirits? Dons will certainly be hoping it's the former.
Continuing form at Rochdale…
The Dons head to Rochdale having not lost a competitive fixture at The Crown Oil Arena since 2007. Scott Wootton found the back of the net in the 95th-minute to secure a 1-0 win when the Dons last visited Rochdale in 2016.
Prior to that victory the men from MK1 had also overcame their opposition 3-2 and 2-1. Their biggest result came in March 2011 when as they ran out 4-1 winners. With The Crown Oil Arena proving happy hunting ground in the past, Dons will be hopeful of maintaining their good form there on Wednesday.
MK Dons will look to respond to Saturday's defeat when they travel to Rochdale on Wednesday night.
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