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Preview: Yeovil Town

All you need to know ahead of tonight's Sky Bet League Two clash...

25 September 2018

MK Dons will be looking to return to winning ways tonight when they travel to Huish Park to take on Yeovil Town in their re-arranged Sky Bet League Two encounter.

Paul Tisdale’s side fell to their first league defeat of the campaign last weekend at leaders Lincoln City but their positive performance at Sincil Bank will give them confidence of getting back on track immediately.

The Dons currently sit 14th in the division but could climb as high as fifth with a victory with this, their game in hand. A draw would see them move up three places to 11th.

Kick-off is at 7.45pm.

Tenth-placed Yeovil Town saw two impressive runs come to an end at the weekend, courtesy of a 3-0 home defeat to Swindon Town.

The Glovers broke an EFL record eight minutes into their game on Saturday, having not conceded in 522 minutes of league football. They also went into the match on a six-match unbeaten run. Both, though, were ended by the loss at Huish Park.

Still, Darren Way’s side have plenty to be positive about - along with the Dons they boast the best defensive record in Sky Bet League Two while their 15 goals scored has them ranked in the top six.

Yeovil would move up to fourth with a win while a draw would take them into the play-off positions.

Sky Bet League Two leaders Lincoln City came from behind on Saturday afternoon to inflict a first league defeat of the season on MK Dons.

After a tight first half, Paul Tisdale’s side edged in front courtesy of Rhys Healey’s super solo effort - his first league goal for the Club since arriving on loan from Cardiff City.

Lincoln responded just eight minutes later through Shay McCartan before defender Jason Shackell won the contest with a stoppage-time header.

Yeovil Town were beaten for the first time in seven games at the weekend, as Swindon Town ran out 3-0 winners at Huish Park.

Steven Alzate broke the deadlock shortly before the hour mark with a fine finish from the edge of the areal. Matty Taylor then doubled the lead direct from a free-kick 20 minutes later.

Olufela Olomola wasted the opportunity to halve the deficit when he missed a penalty with seven minutes left to play. Shortly after, Elijah Adebayo secured the win for the Robins with a fierce strike past Nathan Baxter.

Paul Tisdale: “We’re still learning about each other. There's still a degree of trial and error from me. I'm trying to get talent and ability on the pitch - highlight our strengths and hide our weaknesses.

“There was progress [on Saturday] although ultimately we walked away from the ground, looked at the league table and saw it as a disappointing day. But, I know, deep down, we've made progress.

“We’ve now got to pick ourselves up and hit the ground running on Tuesday.”

Darren Way: “This group have shown fantastic character, leadership and responsibility throughout the campaign so far, so I won’t be expecting any hiding against a strong MK Dons side.

"The reward for winning is there to be seen, so it's up to the players to do their bit to ensure it happens now.”


Paul Tisdale didn’t reveal any fresh injury concerns for MK Dons in his post-match press conference on Saturday afternoon.

Baily Cargill, who limped off against Forest Green Rovers, was fit enough to make the bench at the weekend but Ryan Harley, who is back in training, wasn’t involved.

Conor McGrandles, Peter Pawlett and Lawson D’Ath all continue to make progress in their rehabilitation programmes but all three are still considered long-term absentees.

Striker Rhys Healey will be pushing for a start after finding the net off the bench against Lincoln City.

Yeovil Town are without goalkeeper Stuart Nelson, midfielder James Bailey and striker Francois Zoko.

Defender Gary Warren and midfielder Wes McDonald are also battling for fitness.

Antony Coggins will referee MK Dons for the second time this season tonight.

The second-year official took charge of the 1-0 victory over Bury back in August - an afternoon where he produced just the one booking.

In total, Coggins has made 32 bookings but shown just the one red card.

His assistant referees this evening are Christopher Wade and Andrew Laver while the fourth official is Mark Pottage.

Total games: 15

Dons wins: 6
Dons wins at Huish Park: 2
Last Dons win: 5-1, 2 May 2015 (Stadium MK)
Biggest Dons win: 5-1, 2 May 2015 (Stadium MK)

Draws: 4
Draws at Huish Park: 2

Yeovil wins: 5
Yeovil wins at Huish Park: 4
Last Yeovil win: 4-1, 6 Dec 2016 (Huish Park)
Biggest Yeovil win: 4-1, 6 Dec 2016 (Huish Park)

Result
Dons win: 7/5
Draw: 23/10
Yeovil win: 19/10

First goalscorer
Chuks Aneke 9/2
Kieran Agard: 9/2
Rhys Healey: 5/1
Robbie Simpson: 5/1

Scorecast
Rhys Healey to score first and MK Dons to win 1-0: 28/1

Tickets, which can now only be bought at Huish Park, are priced at £24 adults, £20 seniors, £12 16-23 year-olds and £3 under-16s tickets.To book tickets/travel click HERE, visit the Box Office or call 0333 200 5343. Tickets will remain on sale from MK Dons until 12 noon.

Supporters can watch the match LIVE on iFollow MK Dons for just £10 – click HERE to buy a £10 Match Pass!

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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