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Preview: Notts County

All you need to know ahead of tonight's clash at Stadium MK...

23 October 2018

MK Dons will be looking to make it five successive Sky Bet League Two victories this evening when they take on Notts County at Stadium MK.

Paul Tisdale’s men have enjoyed a perfect October to date, winning all four of their league matches without conceding a goal. They are one clean sheet shy of a club-record five straight shutouts and currently boast the second-best defensive record in the EFL. 

Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Northampton Town saw the Dons climb back into the automatic promotion places, leapfrogging Newport County into third. They are now just one point behind Exeter City and five behind leaders Lincoln City.

They will be out to close both of those gaps tonight at a stadium where they are unbeaten in all competitions this season - a run of nine games. 

Kick-off this evening is at 7.45pm.

Notts County arrive in Milton Keynes on the back of their first defeat in six games but with the arrow certainly pointing up under new boss Harry Kewell.

The Magpies were winless before Kewell’s arrival and the Australian has since guided them up the Sky Bet League Two table - prior to their loss at the weekend, Notts County had avoided defeat in five games and won three straight. 

The experienced Jon Stead is their current top marksmen with four goals to his name, three of which have come in the last six games. Fellow forward Lewis Alessandra, while still without a league goal this season, is fourth in the division in terms of minutes per assist (176).

Kieran Agard’s first-half strike saw MK Dons overcome Northampton Town 1-0 at Stadium MK – recording their fourth straight Sky Bet League Two victory. 

Agard struck 30 seconds before the half-time whistle to put his side ahead - his fifth goal of the campaign - and he and his teammates did the rest after that, seeing out the remainder of the contest to secure a fourth successive clean sheet and the three points. 

Notts County’s three-match winning run came to an end on Saturday as they were defeated 4-0 by Bury. 

Nicky Maynard and Cameron Telford gave Ryan Lowe’s side a first-half lead before Jay O’Shea and Nicky Adams added two more after the break.

Paul Tisdale didn’t reveal any fresh injury concerns when he last spoke to the media, following Saturday’s win over Northampton Town. 

The Dons were without the likes of Mathieu Baudry, Ousseynou Cisse, Peter Pawlett, Conor McGrandles, Ryan Harley and Osman Sow at the weekend and it remains to be seen whether any could return to action this evening.

Notts County are without defender Rob Milsom who is suspended while centre-back Richard Duffy is a doubt with a hamstring injury. On-loan defender Ben Hall is sidelined as well.

Michael Salisbury will take charge of tonight’s game at Stadium MK – his 14th game of the season.

So far this campaign, he’s issued 38 yellow cards and shown one red – his last Dons game meanwhile, was their 3-2 win over Rotherham in March 2018. 

Joe Clarke and George Byrne are his assistant referees, while the fourth official is Christopher O’Donnell.

Dons wins: 10
Dons wins at Stadium MK: 6
Last Dons win: 4-1, Sat 21 Mar 2015 (Stadium MK)
Biggest win: 4-1, Sat 21 Mar 2015 (Stadium MK)

Draws: 3
Draws at Stadium MK: 1
Last draw: 1-1, Tue 18 Sep 2012 (Stadium MK)

Notts County wins: 1
Notts County wins at Stadium MK: 1
Last Notts County win: 2-0, Sat 11 Dec 2010 (Meadow Lane)
Biggest Notts County win: 2-0, Sat 11 Dec 2010 (Meadow Lane)

Result
Dons win: 8/13
Draw: 3/1
Notts County win: 4/1

First Goalscorer
Chuks Aneke: 7/2
Kieran Agard: 4/1
Rhys Healey: 5/1
Jon Stead: 15/2
Kristian Dennis: 15/2
Kane Hemmings: 17/2

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.

Don’t forget, with a Club Dons membership you can enjoy a £5 discount on 10 EFL matches during the 2018/19 season - Young Dons members are entitled to £1 off all 2018/19 EFL matches. Season Ticket holders can also bring a friend for FREE on one occasion during the campaign while Premier Members can do so twice. 

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

Can’t make the match? Supporters will be able to watch the game live on iFollow MK Dons - click HERE to purchase a £10 Match Pass and enjoy all the action on your phone, tablet or computer!

iFollow MK Dons subscribers will have access to live commentary of this game.

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 6pm. 

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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