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Season in review - September

A look back at the month of September 2018...

5 June 2019

mkdons.com takes a month-by-month look back at the promotion winning campaign, with the month of September the next to be reviewed.

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Having enjoyed an unbeaten start to the season, MK Dons entered the month of September second in the table, however, the second month of the season would prove a difficult one to navigate with the Dons picking up just four points from a possible 15.

September started with 1-1 draws against Swindon Town and Forest Green Rovers respectively, before a trip to Lincoln City ended in defeat after a late Jason Shackell goal gave The Imps all three points.
 
The more 1-1 draws followed the defeat, with both Yeovil Town and Tranmere Rovers earning a point each against the Dons.
 
The Dons also started their Checkatrade Trophy campaign as they picked up their first points of the competition against Peterborough United. The victory came via penalties, following what was an entertaining 3-3 draw.
 
There was also a return to Stadium MK for Dele Alli as Tottenham Hotspurs and Watford contested the Third Round of the Carabao Cup. Issac Success had put Watford ahead before Dele scored on his homecoming to level the scoring, shortly after, Erik Lamela added a second for Spurs. A late Etienne Capoue goal, however, sent the tie to penalties. Dele would score on the shootout as Spurs progressed 4-2 on penalties. 

SKY BET LEAGUE TWO TABLE

    Pld W D L Pts Gd
10 Crawley Town 10 5 1 4 16 +2
11 Carlisle United 10 5 1 4 16 -1
12 Yeovil Town 10 4 3 3 15 +7
13 MK Dons 10 3 6 1 15 +2
14 Mansfield Town 9 3 5 1 14 +7
15 Port Vale 10 4 2 4 14 +2
16 Tranmere Rovers 10 3 5 2 14 +2

GAME-BY-GAME
Swindon Town 1-1 MK Dons - Sky Bet League Two (Saturday 4th)
Elijah Adebayo scored in the 93rd-minute to take two points away from MK Dons at The Energy Check County Ground.

Walsh fired home his first goal of the season from Dean Lewington’s corner to put Paul Tisdale's side ahead but the Robins substitute scored late to secure a share of the spoils for his side.

Starting XI: Nicholls; Brittain, Williams, Walsh, Cargill, Lewington (c); Gilbey, Moore-Taylor, Houghton; Simpson, Agard.
 
Unused subs: Moore, Hancox, Watson, Cisse, Nombe, Healey, Sow.
 
Goal: Walsh (5)
 
Booked: Cargill
 
Attendance: 6,620 (601)

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MK Dons 3-3 (6-5)p Peterborough United - Checkatrade Trophy (Saturday 11th)
MK Dons made a winning start to their Checkatrade Trophy campaign as they ran out 6-5 penalty winners at Stadium MK after a 3-3 draw in normal time.

Chuks Aneke opened his account for the season as the striker netted a first-half brace, while Rhys Healey also netted his first goal in a Dons shirt.
 
Second-half goals from George Cooper, Tyler Denton and Matt Godden, however, forced the tie to penalties.
 
Stuart Moore was the hero on the night as he saved Jamie Walker's penalty before Sam Nombe tucked away from the spot to secure the two-point win via penalties.
 
Paul Tisdale made nine changes nine changes to the starting XI that drew 1-1 with Swindon Town the previous Saturday with Callum Brittain and Baily Cargill retaining their places from the clash with the Robins.
 
 
Starting XI: Moore, Brittain, Tapp (Pattison, 81), Jackson, Cargill, Hancox; Kasumu (Nesbitt, 81), Watson, Cisse; Aneke (Nombe, 71), Healey.
 
Unused subs: Sietsma, Thomas-Asante, Sole, Asonganyi.
 
Goal: Aneke (5), Healey (33), Aneke (45+2)
 
Booked: Kasumu, Jackson.
 
Attendance: 2,404.

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MK Dons 1-1 Forest Green Rovers - Sky Bet League Two (Tuesday 14th)
MK Dons were forced to settle for a point at home to Forest Green Rovers after Reuben Reid’s late penalty cancelled out Chuks Aneke’s opener.

Aneke pounced on a goalkeeping error from Robert Sanchez to put his side ahead on the half-hour mark but Rovers striker Reid recused a point for his team with 10 minutes remaining.

Starting XI: Nicholls; Williams, Walsh, Cargill (Cisse 67); Brittain (Watson 75), Gilbey, Moore-Taylor, Houghton, Lewington; Aneke (Simpson 82), Agard.
 
Unused subs: Moore, Sow, Hancox, Healey.
 
Goal: Aneke (30)
 
Booked: Cisse
 
Attendance: 6,638

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Lincoln City 2-1 MK Dons - Sky Bet League Two (Saturday 18th)
Sky Bet League Two leaders at the time, Lincoln City came from behind to inflict a first league defeat on MK Dons at Sincil Bank.

Paul Tisdale’s side led through a fine goal from Rhys Healey but Shay McCartan drew the Imps level with a fierce strike. The hosts then won the contest late on through Jason Shackell’s 94th-minute header.

Starting XI: Nicholls; Williams, Moore-Taylor, Walsh; Brittain, Houghton (Agard 57), Lewington (c); Cisse, Gilbey (Healey 57); Aneke (Sow 82).

Unused subs: Moore, Hancox, Cargill, Simpson.

Goal: Healey (65)

Booked: Houghton, Watson, Walsh, Lewington, Sow

Attendance: 9,322 (559)

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Yeovil Town 1-1 MK Dons - Sky Bet League Two (Tuesday 21st)
Yeovil Town scored an 88th-minute leveller to deny MK Dons three points at Huish Park.

Paul Tisdale’s side led courtesy of Kieran Agard’s strike in first-half stoppage time but they weren’t able to add to their lead despite several second-half chances.

The Glovers then made them pay late on with Olufela Olomola firing past Nicholls ensure the points were shared at Huish Park.

Starting XI: Nicholls; Williams, Moore-Taylor, Cargill; Brittain, Houghton, Gilbey (Cisse 63); Watson; Agard, Healey.
 
Unused subs: Moore, Hancox, Walsh, Thomas-Asante, Aneke, Simpson.
 
Goal: Agard (45+4)
 
Booked: Cargill, Gilbey, Brittain, Moore-Taylor
 
Attendance: 2,634 (120 away)

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MK Dons 1-1 Tranmere Rovers - Sky Bet League Two (Saturday 25th)
MK Dons and Tranmere Rovers shared the spoils at Stadium MK after Chuks Aneke’s fourth goal of the season cancelled out Jonny Smith’s opener.

Paul Tisdale’s men made a dominant start but fell behind to Smith’s finish in the 37th minute which came after Lee Nicholls brilliantly denied James Norwood.
 
Aneke, though, equalised on the stroke of half-time from a Dean Lewington cross and that proved to the be the final goal of the game, resulting in a second successive 1-1 draw for MK Dons at Stadium MK.

Starting XI: Nicholls; Williams, Moore-Taylor, Cargill; Brittain (Houghton 75), Gilbey, Cisse (Simpson 75), Lewington (c); Watson; Aneke (Agard 83), Healey.

Unused subs: Moore, Hancox, Walsh, Thomas-Asante.

Goal: Aneke (45+2)

Attendance: 7,048

STATS
Appearances
Callum Brittain - 6
Lee Nicholls - 5
George Williams - 5
Dean Lewington - 5
Jordan Moore-Taylor - 5
Alex Gilbey - 5
Baily Cargill - 5
Jordan Houghton - 4 (1)
Ryan Watson - 4 (1)
Ousseynou Cisse - 3 (2)
Kieran Agard - 3 (2)
Chuks Aneke - 4
Rhys Healey - 3 (1)
Joe Walsh - 3
Robbie Simpson - 1 (2)
Stuart Moore - 1
Mitch Hancox - 1
Oran Jackson - 1
Finn Tapp - 1
David Kasumu - 1
Aidan Nesbitt - 0 (1)
Charlie Pattison 0 (1) 
Sam Nombe - 0 (1)
Osman Sow - 0 (1)


Goals
Chuks Aneke - 4
Rhys Healey - 2
Kieran Agard - 1
Joe Walsh - 1


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