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Preview: Crewe Alexandra

All you need to know ahead of today’s clash at Stadium MK…

19 January 2019

MK Dons return to Stadium MK this afternoon as they play hosts to Crewe Alexandra in their latest Sky Bet League Two fixture.

The Dons, who currently sit fourth in the Sky Bet League Two table, fell to a 4-3 defeat at Gigg Lane last weekend but in their latest clash at Stadium MK they were 6-0 winners against Cambridge United.

A 10th-home win could see them move back into the automatic promotion places should either Mansfield Town or Bury drop points in their respective matches.

Today's game should also see a bumper crowd at Stadium MK with the Club hosting a Fan Day.  Tickets are reduced to £10 for adults and £1 for under-18s while a range of activities will take place in the Marshall Arena Fan Zone prior to the 3pm kick-off.

Having finished 17th and 15th in their past two seasons in Sky Bet League Two, Crewe Alexandra will be hoping to earn promotion back into the third tier of English Football under the stewardship of David Artell.

The Alex currently sit 14th in the table, having picked up 35 points from their 28 games this season – that points tally leaves them seven points off of a play-off spot.

Their home form has been more than impressive, with Artell’s side boasting the third-best home record in the league. However, it’s Crewe’s away success that will raise the eyebrows of their supporters - Crewe have picked up just six points from 14 away games this season.

That said, they are certainly a side that can cause MK Dons problems – evidence of that being that they’ve already recorded wins over the likes of Lincoln City, Tranmere Rovers, Stevenage and Newport County this season.

Their squad contains a mix of home-grown talent and experienced EFL names, including Chris Porter, who is currently enjoying a career-best scoring run, having netted in five consecutive games.

MK Dons were beaten 4-3 by Bury at the Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane with the Shakers’ winning goal coming in stoppage time.

Paul Tisdale’s men led 3-1 with 17 minutes left to play courtesy of finishes from Jordan Moore-Taylor and Dean Lewington and an own goal from Chris Stokes.

Bury, though, fought back late to win the contest, with Nicky Adams scoring the decisive goal in the first of three additional minutes. 

Crewe Alexandra were involved in a thriller of their own – they ran out 3-2 winners over Newport County last Saturday.

Joran Bowery had given Crewe the lead at the break, however, goals from Antoine Semenyo and Padraig Amond put Newport County ahead with 14-minutes left to play. 

On the 88th-minute, Chris Porter slotted home from the penalty spot, before Callum Ainley hit a dramatic injury-time winner.

Paul Tisdale: “Crewe will want an away win. We have to approach every game here as though they will play their best game.”

David Artell: “MK Dons is a tough place to go. They have a good manager in Paul (Tisdale) and a good team but from the greatest of challenges come the greatest of performances.”

Paul Tisdale added to his ranks earlier this week with the signing of experienced defender Russell Martin - who could make his debut should he take to the field against the Railwaymen.

Martin bolsters a defence which saw Joe Walsh returned to action against Bury last weekend, and Jordan Moore-Taylor also named in the starting XI for the first time since he suffered an injury earlier this campaign.

George Williams, though, limped off against Bury and continues to be assessed. Paul Tisdale didn’t rule out the possibility of the defender being available today.

Andy Haines will oversee this afternoon’s clash with Crewe Alexandra.

It’ll be his 25th game he’s officiated this season. Mr Haines has issued 76 yellow cards and four reds.

His assistant referees are Wayne Grunnill and Simon Shaw, while the Fourth Official is Anthony Da Costa.

MK Dons wins: 4
MK Dons wins at Stadium MK: 3
Last MK Dons win: 5-0, 31st Jan 2015 (Alexandra Stadium)
Biggest MK Dons win: 6-1, 20th Sep 2014 (Stadium MK)

Draws: 3
Draws at Stadium Mk: 1
Last Draw: 0-0, 18th Sep 2018 (Alexandra Park)

Crewe wins: 3
Crewe wins at Stadium MK: 0
Last Crewe win: 2-0, 21st Jan 2014 (Alexandra Stadium)
Biggest Crewe win: 2-0, 21st Jan 2014 (Alexandra Stadium)

Tickets for today's Sky Bet League Two clash with Crewe Alexandra are priced at just £10 for adults and £1 for under-18s.

Fans will also be able to enjoy a whole host of activities in the Marshall Arena Fan Zone prior to the fixture, with the fun starting at 12.30pm.

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.

Can't make the game? iFollow MK Dons subscribers can listen to live commentary of this 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 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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