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Preview: Exeter City

All you need to know ahead of today's clash at St James Park

2 February 2019

MK Dons travel to Devon this afternoon to they face Exeter City in their first fixture following the closing of the January Transfer Window.

Midfielder Jake Hesketh and striker Stephen Walker joined MK Dons on loan until the end of the season, taking Paul Tisdale’s total number of incomings this month to four.

They are joined by both defender Russell Martin and winger David Wheeler earlier in the January window.

Today's clash will no doubt be an entertaining one as Exeter City currently sit seventh in the Sky Bet League Two table, just three points behind the Dons who go in search of back-to-back victories.

Kick-off is at 3.00pm.

Exeter City are enjoying yet another successful season in Sky Bet League Two and currently occupy the final Play-Off position while they also have a game on Colchester, who sit one place below them.

Matt Taylor's side also boasts an impressive home for at St James Park, having picked up eight wins from a possible 15 so far this campaign. They've picked up maximum points against the likes of Carlisle, Stevenage, Cambridge United and Crew Alexandra respectively.

Boss Taylor has recruited a number of new faces since the two sides last met back in August. Donovan Wilson made the loan switch to Exeter from Wolves on Deadline Day, while Kane Wilson (West Bromwich Albion) and Jaden Brown (Huddersfield Town) also signed loan deals with Exeter.

Ryan Bowman made a pernament move from Motherwell, with Randell Williams joining from Watford.

MK Dons got back on track in Sky Bet League Two last weekend courtesy of a 2-1 victory over Oldham Athletic at Stadium MK.

Chuks Aneke opened the scoring with a 14th-minute penalty before Kieran Agard doubled the advantage with a spot-kick of his own in the second half.

Oldham responded almost immediately with a stunning strike from Tom Hamer but Paul Tisdale's men saw out the remainder of the contest to record their first win in four matches and move back to within three points of the automatic promotion places.

Exeter City, meanwhile, were 1-0 winners over Cambridge United with Nicky Law's late goal giving The Grecians all three points.

Paul Tisdale: “It will be an interesting game, given where we both are in the league."

Matt Taylor: “We're at home, we have to be on the front foot with high intensity attacking football and take the game to them.”

George Williams [hamstring] won’t be involved for MK Dons with the right-back set for an extended spell on the sidelines but Jordan Moore-Taylor has a chance according to manager Paul Tisdale.

Deadline Day signings Stephen Walker and Jake Hesketh are both available to feature, with a space in the squad available due to the departure of Osman Sow.

Exeter City could feature deadline-day signing Donovan Wilson, who signed on loan from Wolves on Deadline Day, while Jaden Brown and Randell Williams are seeking their first Grecians starts.

In terms of injuries, defender Troy Brown (knee), midfielder Hiram Boateng (hip) and defender Luke Croll (groin) remain out.

Stephen Martin will take charge of this today's affair - his 22nd game of the season so far.

In total, he has shown 43 yellow cards while producing only three red cards.

Martin last oversaw the Dons during their 2-1 defeat to Nottingham Forest in 2016.

His assistant referees are Adam Matthews and Daniel Leach while the fourth official is Richard Hulme.


MK Dons and Exeter City have met nine times since their first encounter in October 2005 - a match which went in favour of the Dons.

The Dons have enjoyed the most success, with seven wins to their name.

In their most recent meeting, Kieran Agard's penalty ensured a 1-0 win for MK Dons.

Tickets, which can now only be bought from the turnstiles at St James Park, are available in seated and standing areas, with prices starting from £18 adults, £15 seniors/students and £7 under-18s.

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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 2pm.

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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