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Preview: Lincoln City

All you need to know ahead of tonight's Sky Bet League One clash...

13 April 2021

MK Dons are back on the road this evening as they travel to Lincoln City.

Russell Martin's men are unbeaten in their last two away trips, having beaten Burton Albion prior to Saturday's goalless draw at play-off chasing Ipswich Town.

Another road victory tonight could lift the Dons as high as 11th in Sky Bet League One while a point will be enough for them to secure their third-tier status - they will also be mathmatically safe from relegation if Wigan Athletic and Swindon Town both drop points.

Kick-off is at 7pm.

THE OPPOSITION
Lincoln City currently sit sixth in the Sky Bet League One table as they look to secure a play-off finish. The Imps are one point ahead of Charlton Athletic but do have a game in hand on the London side. They are one of the top scorers in the division having netted 57 goals in their 38 games this season, however, they have conceded the most out of any side in the play-off places.

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Lincoln appointed Michael Appleton in September 2019 after Danny Cowley left to join Huddersfield Town. Under the stewardship of Appleton, they recorded a 16th place finish last season. This year, the Imps have been fighting for promotion all season and have occupied an automatic finish on a few times this year. They are without a win in their last six games, most recently drawing with Blackpool.

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Jorge Grant leads their goalscoring charts with 13 goals to his name this season and has shown the other side of his game with 10 assists. Anthony Scully finds himself in second with 11 goals, with Tom Hopper third with nine to his name.

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LAST TIME OUT
MK Dons and Ipswich Town shared the spoils for the second time this season after they played out a goalless draw at Portman Road.

The Dons enjoyed the lion’s share of possession and had chances to take all three points, with Scott Fraser, Matt O’Riley and Andrew Surman all going close.

Lincoln City, meanwhile, picked up an important point on Saturday afternoon following a fight back after finding themselves 2-0 down against Blackpool.

Goals from Ellis Simms and Sullay Kaikai were cancelled out by Anthony Scully and Brennan Johnson as the match ended 2-2.

FIGHTING TALK
Russell Martin: "They’ve been disrupted by Covid and lost a lot of players through injury but I don’t think you can take anything away from (Michael) Appleton - he’s changed a lot in terms of the players and the style and it’s showing

"I’m sure they’ll want to finish their season in the play offs. Every game is massive for them and they’ll want to cement their place. Full credit for what they’ve done but we’re going there in good form with good performance levels - we have to put in another good performance and be clinical in the final third."

Michael Appleton: “They probably will (play with freedom) but, to be fair, they do that anyway. They like to pass the ball. It will be very different to (Saturday), with two sides who want to build and create momentum in the final third.”

“MK Dons on their day can score goals and hurt you but they also go through periods where they don’t score at times. We just have to be mindful of what their strengths and weaknesses are tomorrow and make sure we highlight their weaknesses rather than their strengths.”

TEAM NEWS
MK Dons will be without Warren O’Hora as the defender is likely to miss the remainder of the season with a foot injury.

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Martin confirmed the injury to the media following the draw with Ipswich Town, saying: "It's been a persistent issue which has been managed well, but he just can't keep going on. He's just fallen victim to playing so much football but also training on AstroTurf all the time – it has just kept flaring it up."

Louis Thompson and Cameron Jerome both missed the draw at Portman Road due to injury and it remains to be seen whether the pair will be available for tonight's trip to Lincoln. Martin revealed that both players should feature before the end of the season.

Ben Gladwin, Kieran Agard and Jay Bird remain on the sidelines.

Lincoln City have no fresh injury concerns ahead of this evening's match at the LNER Stadium.

Midfielder Max Sanders and former Dons defender Joe Walsh returned to action for the Imps at the weekend and should be involved again.

Top scorer Jorge Grant and striker Tom Hopper are unlikely to be available, however, while midfielder Liam Bridcutt is a doubt.

OFFICIALS
Robert Madley will be the man in the middle tonight.

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Mr Madley has overseen 30 matches so far this term, producing a total of 92 yellow cards. He has sent off three players and has awarded ten penalties.

His assistant referees are Robert Atkin and Alan Clayton, while the fourth official is James Bell.

HEAD TO HEAD
Dons wins: 5
Dons wins at LNER Stadium: 2
Last Dons win: 2-1, 20 Aug 2019 (Stadium MK)
Biggest Dons win: 4-0, 14 Oct 2007 (Stadium MK)

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Draws: 3
Draws at LNER Stadium: 2
Last draw: 1-1, 11 Feb 2020 (LNER Stadium)
 
Lincoln City wins: 3
Lincoln City wins at LNER Stadium: 1
Last Lincoln City win: 2-0, 6 Apr 2019 (Stadium MK)
Biggest Lincoln City win: 2-1, 19 Sep 2020 (Stadium MK)

ELSEWHERE IN SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
Crewe Alexandra v Portsmouth
Wigan Athletic v Sunderland
AFC Wimbledon v Ipswich Town
Blackpool v Accrington Stanley
Doncaster Rovers v Burton Albion
Oxford United v Shrewsbury Town
Rochdale v Swindon Town
 
FOLLOW IT LIVE
Supporters can watch tonight's Sky Bet League One clash with Lincoln City LIVE on iFollow MK Dons.

To purchase a £10 Video Match Pass, click HERE and select Buy A Video Match Pass. Then simply log in to your iFollow MK Dons account and follow the instructions or register for an account, which can be done for free.


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