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Preview: Northampton Town

All you need to know ahead of day’s Sky Bet League Two clash at Stadium MK…

20 October 2018

MK Dons will be looking to make it four consecutive Sky Bet League Two wins thafternoon as they welcome Northampton Town to Stadium MK.

It’s the first time since 2015 that the Dons have won three league matches in succession, while Paul Tisdale’s side are also yet to concede a goal in the month of October.

The month started with a 2-0 win away to Port Vale before overcoming Cheltenham Town 3-0 at Stadium MK. Most recently, the Dons travelled to Cambridge United, and backed by over 900 Dons supporters – they picked up all three points with a 1-0 win.

Northampton will certainly provide a stern test today as they are undefeated since the arrival of Keith Curle earlier this month. They come to Stadium MK having ended Forest Green Rovers’ unbeaten start to the season last weekend.

Kick-off is at 3pm.

Northampton Town were relegated from Sky Bet League Two last season in 22nd place and will be looking to regain promotion at the first time of asking. The season didn’t start how the Cobblers faithful would’ve wanted with the club winning just one of their opening 12 Sky Bet League Two games.

During that time, Dean Austin was relieved of his managerial duties with experienced EFL manager Keith Curle taking his place at the PTS Academy Stadium. Since the appointment of the 54-year-old Northampton are undefeated and picked up their first win under their new boss last weekend against Forest Green Rovers.

Northampton’s side contains a couple of ex-MK Dons players with Dean Bowditch and Daniel Powell among the ranks. Elsewhere in the side lies the likes of Junior Morais, Andy Williams, John-Joe O’Toole and Sam Foley – all of which boat plenty of experience.

Chuks Aneke’s first-half goal – and a third-straight league clean sheet – earned MK Dons a third consecutive Sky Bet League Two success last weekend, as they beat Cambridge United 1-0 at The Abbey Stadium. 

Andy Williams 97th-minute goal ensured Northampton Town ended Forest Green Rovers’ unbeaten start to the season. The Cobblers had initially gone behind to Reuben Reid’s first-half goal but goals from Aaron Pierre and Williams gave Curle his first Sky Bet League Two win as Northampton boss.

MK Dons manager Paul Tisdale confirmed that Conor McGrandles, Peter Pawlett, Ryan Harley and Mathieu Baudry have all been training, however, this afternoon's clash will likely come too soon for the quartet.

Tisdale was able to welcome back Lawson D’Ath to first-team action last weekend - the midfielder made his first appearance for the Dons since suffering an injury against Exeter City in late August.

Northampton Town midfielder Matt Crooks will miss today’s clash due to suspension, while Junior Morais is still a couple of weeks away from a return to football.

Brett Huxtable will take charge of today’s game at Stadium MK – his 13th game of the season.

So far, Mr Huxtable has issued 34 yellow cards and three reds – his last Dons game meanwhile was their 3-3 draw with Peterborough United in the Checkatrade Trophy earlier this season. That day he booked three players.

Sam Lewis and Akil Howson are his assistant referees, while the fourth official is Marc Wilson.

Dons wins: 7
Dons wins at Stadium MK: 5
Last Dons win: 5-3, 21 Jan 2017 (Stadium MK)
Biggest Dons win: 3-0, 19 Jan 2016 (Stadium MK)
 
Draws: 2
Draws at Stadium MK: 1
Last draw: 0-0, 26 Sep 2017 (Stadium MK)
 
Northampton wins: 3
Northampton wins at Stadium MK: 0
Last Northampton win: 2-1, 20 January 2018 (Sixfields)
Biggest Northampton win: 3-2, 4 Sep 2016 (Sixfields)

Result
Dons win: 3/4
Draw: 29/10
Northampton win: 10/3

Tickets are priced from £22 adults, £17 over-65s and £7 under-18s while under-12s go FREE with a Young Dons members. Supporters can upgrade their seat to East Centre for just £5 more while an upgrade to clubRed is available for a £10 premium.

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.

Supporters outside the UK and Ireland can watch the match LIVE by purchasing a Match Pass – click HERE to buy!

iFollow MK Dons subscribers can also access live commentary of the game – click HERE to sign up for as little as £4.49 for a month.

Supporters can also stay in touch with the action via mkdons.com’s Match Centre, which can be accessed by visiting the home page from 1pm.

There will also be full coverage on the Club’s social media channels – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat!

A full match report will be available to view on mkdons.com straight after the final whistle along with full reaction from Paul Tisdale and a player. Highlights will be available to view from midnight.


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