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Alexander: Games that you want to be involved in

Head Coach Graham Alexander looks ahead to MK Dons' Sky Bet League Two clash with Notts County at Stadium MK...

8 September 2023

Fixture News

Alexander: Games that you want to be involved in

Head Coach Graham Alexander looks ahead to MK Dons' Sky Bet League Two clash with Notts County at Stadium MK...

8 September 2023

Saturday sees second take on first in Sky Bet League Two – a top-of-the-table clash that Graham Alexander and his MK Dons team are excited to be involved in.

Alexander’s men welcome league-leaders Notts County to Stadium MK this weekend, in a match that will see the division’s top two sides go head-to-head for first place.

Victory on Saturday would see the Dons move above their opponents, and likely return to the summit of the Sky Bet League Two table, and while conscious that the season is still in its infancy, Head Coach Alexander is still well aware of what a win would mean to the Club and its supporters.

“I look forward to every game of football, but games take place in different environments and under different feelings and these are the types of games, at the right end of the table, that you want to be involved in,” Alexander said in his pre-match press conference.

“It is early, so we don’t look into (league positions) too much, but Notts County are a good team, with a good manager so it will be a good test for us.

“We haven’t had an easy game yet, even though we’ve won four out of six, and we need to make sure we’re at the best level we can be at.

“There will be a higher profile on this game, given it’s the international break, and we don’t want to let our Club down.”

MK Dons go into Saturday’s game on the back of a full week of training – only the second time they have done so all season. Alexander, who has welcomed four new faces to the group over the last fortnight, hopes to see the benefits from an extended period on the training pitch.

“It is useful,” he said. “It was quite a heavy workload for the squad in the first month of the season – it was Saturday-Tuesday and we didn’t have the numbers that we needed to really be content with the games.

“We’ve brought in several reinforcements since and the weeks that we have free to train are really valuable to them and us. It’s a bit like going to back to pre-season for us with new players, getting them into the swing of things, up to fitness, and everything we want to do tactically.”

Of those four new arrivals, Ellis Harrison and Anthony Stewart are awaiting their first appearances of the season after signing too late on Deadline Day to be involved in last weekend’s trip to Crewe Alexandra.

Reflecting on the window, and assessing his squad, Alexander said: “When the window did close, I looked at the quality of the squad and the strength that we had and I was delighted.

“I felt we were really disciplined and patient in our approach – we didn’t just go for any player, we wanted to make sure we got the right players. While our targets were still available, we wanted to be patient and we tried to get them. Fortunately for us, we were able to do that.

“I believe there has been a different vibe this week as a result of the competition we’ve added and that’s good. Elite teams and elite players thrive on competition and we want to be an elite team at this level. We’ve seen that in the first few days this week.”

That depth may prove all-the-more beneficial to Alexander this weekend due to the number of injury concerns the Head Coach is having to contend with.

Five players were unavailable for training when Alexander met with the media on Wednesday, including top scorers Mo Eisa and Jonathan Leko.

“Mo has missed this week. He tried to give it a go last week but when he tried to do a few runs at half-time, he said his foot was killing him and that’s why we felt it prudent not to bring him on – it’s not the time to risk players like that. Leks hasn’t trained this week either.

“MJ has been missing for three weeks and he’s had an injection to settle his issue down. Ash Hunter came off in the game and is going for a scan (on Wednesday) and Matt Dennis hasn’t trained since the Chelsea game here last week.

“Fortunately for us, we’ve brought some players in because otherwise we’d be really short on numbers.”

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Tickets for Saturday's clash with Notts County are still on sale from the Box Office and online, priced from £24 adults, £18 over-65s and under-25s, £6 under-21s and £3 under-14s if bought in advance of matchday, while under-7s can watch from as little as £1.

To book tickets CLICK HERE, visit the Box Office at Stadium MK or call 01908 622933. Tickets will be available to buy right up until kick-off from the Box Office, though prices will increase by £2 on the day of the game.

Can't make the game? Supporters can WATCH this fixture live on iFollow MK Dons for £10 - to purchase a Video Match Pass CLICK HERE!


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