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What we learnt: Dan's Bristol Rovers presser

The boss discusses a number of topics ahead of Saturday's clash with Bristol Rovers...

2 March 2018

MK Dons play four of their next five matches at Stadium MK and manager Dan Micciche is looking for his side to take advantage of the upcoming stretch.

The Dons face Bristol Rovers in Milton Keynes this weekend before hosting Rotherham United, Bury and Blackpool in consecutive matches later this month – only a trip to Bradford City separates the four home fixtures.

"We're really looking forward to being home in front of our crowd," Micciche said in his pre-match press conference.

"We're aware of how many home games we have in the month coming up and it's important we pick up maximum points. We all know away games are tough, especially midweek, but now we're at home I'm really confident.

"[Bristol Rovers] deserve our respect. They have a style of play that we're aware of and we know what their threats are. We're at home, we've got good players and if we can take the game to them and put in a performance like we have done in recent weeks then hopefully we will come out on top."

Here is what else Micciche had to say ahead of Saturday's game...

On the injury situation...
"Osman [Sow] has trained with us this week and will be involved on Saturday in one way, shape or form. Peter [Pawlett] and Marcus Tavernier we're still monitoring – I can't say at the moment for sure whether they'll be available or not. Injuries are part and parcel of football, but we've been unlucky in the attacking areas. I'm looking forward to having them all back on the pitch at some point."

On the weather...
"It has affected us slightly. For about 10 minutes [on Wednesday], we couldn't see what we were doing because the snow was in our faces! We have to be sensible in these conditions to avoid injury and so that they can concentrate on the information we're giving them."

On recent performances...
"We've changed the system and we've had to tweak that too because of injuries. We're more disciplined – we're giving away fewer fouls, free kicks and unnecessary set pieces. I'm pleased with the defending. In possession, we're creating better chances – we might not always get shots off, but we're getting into areas."

On improving from set-pieces...
We had 17 corners in the last two games so attacking those corners is something we need to improve on because it can be massive in this division. We've got a big side and Robbie Muirhead has excellent delivery as well so there are no excuses – it's somewhere we need to improve."

On Nigel Reo-Coker...
"We really like him. He brings big game experience – he's won a play-off final, he has played in big Premier League games against the best in the world. We've got 12 big games coming up so anyone who can bring that experience on how to manage big games will be crucial to us. He's training with us and we're trying to get him fit enough so when reach a point in this arrangement we can take him on until the end of the season. We want it to work out for us as well as Nigel. He still has a lot of years left in him, but I don't want to rush into anything."

On looking at more free agents...
"We are looking but now we've got players coming back from injury, I don't want to panic. If I'm going after someone, I want to give them game time but we know we've got Peter Pawlett and Marcus Tavernier coming back any day now, Osman is back and Chuks too. Midfield was always the priority after losing Alex Gilbey so unexpectedly. We're checking the list every day but we're not going to bring someone in for the sake of it."

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

This match has been designated as the Leighton-Linslade Big Day, meaning residents with an LU7 postcode can purchase tickets at a discounted rate of £10 adults and £3 under-18s. Under-12s go FREE with a Young Dons membership*.

Supporters can upgrade to East Centre for a £5 premium while a seat in clubRed is available for £10 more.

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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