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MK Dons retain place in Sky Bet League One

Russell Martin's men end the campaign in 19th place...

9 June 2020

MK Dons will compete in Sky Bet League One next season after clubs in the division voted to formally end the 2019/20 campaign.

League One clubs voted, by an overwhelming majority, to curtail the current season and decide the placings on an unweighted points per game basis, with promotion, a four-team play-off and relegation all retained.

As a result, the Dons will finish the 2019/20 season in 19th place in the Sky Bet League One table, with an unweighted points per page total of 46.51 – enough to retain their place in the third tier for the 2020/21 campaign.

The Dons began the season with four wins from their opening seven matches but a run of eight defeats in nine games left them inside the bottom three heading into November.

However, following the appointment of Russell Martin and his first point away at Doncaster Rovers in early December, the Dons collected 24 points in 17 games, to move out of the relegation zone and into 18th spot before the season was suspended on March 13th.

During that run, Martin’s side held both Coventry City and Rotherham United to draws away from home. The Sky Blues and the Millers have been promoted to the Sky Bet Championship following Tuesday’s announcement.

The Dons also beat Oxford United, Portsmouth and Wycombe Wanderers – three of the four teams who make up the Sky Bet League One play-off places and will compete for the third and final promotion place to the second tier.

Bolton Wanderers, Southend United and Tranmere Rovers have been relegated to Sky Bet League Two.

Also on Tuesday, League Two voted to curtail their campaign, meaning Swindon Town, Crewe Alexandra and Plymouth Argyle will join the Dons in the third tier next season as the three automatically promoted teams.

Colchester United, Exeter City, Cheltenham Town and Northampton Town will battle it out in the Sky Bet League Two play-offs.

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