mkdons.com details the storylines to follow heading into Saturday’s clash with Sky Bet League Two leaders Lincoln City…
Looking to improve
Paul Tisdale and his players were honest in their assessment of last weekend's performance against Forest Green Rovers. MK Dons were far from their fluent best at Stadium MK and were forced to settle for a point against Rovers.
Tisdale said: “They played extremely well and we didn’t have a great day. We weren’t at our best, by any stretch of the imagination. We’re still unbeaten although it’s clear to see that we’ve got a lot of improvement to make but we’ll get there. We’ll draw a line, take a breath, look back on it and then move forward trying to improve.”
MK Dons will be looking to respond on Saturday by recording their flee ourth league victory of the campaign as well as putting in a display to match.
Toppling the league leaders… again
MK Dons face the Sky Bet League Two leaders on Saturday but they have history, this season, of toppling first-placed sides.
Back in August, Tisdale’s side entertained then top-of-the-table Exeter City at Stadium MK and came away with a 1-0 victory courtesy of a second-half penalty from Kieran Agard.
A repeat of that this weekend would see another marker set and would likely also see them climb back into the top seven while also closing the gap on the Imps to three points.
A stern test for Dons’ stern defence
MK Dons boast one of the best defences in the division having only conceded four times in their seven games this season but they face one of their toughest tasks this weekend.
Lincoln City have scored 16 goals in eight matches, which ranks second in Sky Bet League Two behind only Colchester United. Summer signing John Akinde has four goals to his name, placing him fifth in the division’s top scorer rankings.
The Dons have done well, so far, against the league’s best finishers - none of Michael Doughty, Jayden Stockley or Sam Surridge, who are among the top 10 Sky Bet League Two scorers, found the net against the Dons in their respective meetings.
Should MK Dons avoid defeat this weekend it will be eight games unbeaten to start the season, which would be their best-ever run at the start of a league campaign.
Back in 2013/14, a then-Karl Robinson led team remained undefeated for the first seven league matches before suffering a 2-1 loss to Peterborough United in their eighth match.
Can Tisdale’s 2018/19 MK Dons side go one better?
Tickets for Saturday's clash with Lincoln City, which MUST be bought from MK Dons in advance of the game, are priced at £22 adults, £17 concessions and young adults and £9 under-18s.
Travel is available at a rate of £18 for Season Ticket holders and £19 for all other supporters. Coaches will depart from Stadium MK at 11am.
To book tickets click HERE, visit the Box Office at Stadium MK or call 0333 200 5343. Tickets will be available to buy from MK Dons until 12pm on Friday. No tickets will be sold on the day of the game at Sincil Bank.