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Storylines: Blackpool

A number of storylines to look out for ahead of Saturday’s clash at Stadium MK…

21 March 2018

mkdons.com details the storylines to follow ahead of Saturday’s Sky Bet League One fixture against Blackpool at Stadium MK.

Three in a row...
It's been a rewarding week for Dan Micciche and his players as they recorded wins against both Rotherham and Bury in quick succession. The Dons also proved they've the ability to score goals and grind out wins having netted five goals over the course of last week.

Their defence was also tested with both Rotherham and Bury applying late pressure as they looked for an equaliser. The Dons defence stood firm, however, the results will no doubt give the squad confidence heading into Saturday's clash.

Now, the challenge is on the men from MK1 to put together three consecutive wins for the first time this season. The Dons haven't put together three consecutive wins at Stadium MK since the 2014/15 season when they overcame Leyton Orient, Doncaster and Yeovil.

Replacing Muirhead and Brittain...
After impressing in recent weeks both Callum Brittain and Robbie Muirhead earned international call-ups for their respective nations. Muirhead was handed his first call-up to Scotland's Under-21s side after his performances in a Dons' shirt, while Brittain was back in the England Under-20s fold.

Their international recognition will mean the duo are unavailable for the visit of Blackpool this Saturday leaving Dan Micciche with a selection headache. With the duo missing it could provide the likes of Ousseynou Cisse, Conor McGrandles and Aidan Nesbitt the chance to impress the gaffer.

Make sure you're following MK Dons on Twitter for the latest team news come Saturday afternoon.

Making ground on relegation rivals...
With Oldham out of action this weekend and Northampton facing Fleetwood Town, three points this weekend could dramatically change the picture in the battle for survival. Should Northampton not pick up three points a win for MK Dons would see them climb out of the relegation zone.

A win will also see the Dons pull themselves to within five points of 15th placed Blackpool who won't want to be looking over their shoulder as the final run-in approaches. Should results work in the favour of Micciche's side they could turn a good week into a great fortnight.

Keith Millen...
Back in July 2012, Keith Millen was appointed Head of Coaching and Development at Blackpool where he worked alongside Ian Holloway. This weekend Millen will face his former employers as Assistant Manager of the Dons.

"It was tough but the environment when I was there but that brought the group together," Millen said in his pre-match press conference.

"There was almost this us against the rest of the world feeling – Ian Holloway was very good at playing on that. Just like every experience you've got to take the positives and negatives from it – but I really enjoyed the football side of it."

Come Saturday though, Millen will be looking to get one over on the Tangerines.

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Tickets for Saturday's clash with Blackpool at Stadium MK are priced from £22 adults, £17 over-65s/under-21s* and £7 under-18s while under-12s go FREE with a Young Dons Membership*.

To book tickets click HERE, visit the Box Office/cash-only ticket booths or call 0333 200 5343. Tickets will be available to buy right up until kick-off.


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