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Preview: Notts County

All you need to know ahead of today's Sky Bet League Two fixture at Stadium MK...

9 September 2023

Match Previews

Preview: Notts County

All you need to know ahead of today's Sky Bet League Two fixture at Stadium MK...

9 September 2023

It’s second versus first at Stadium MK this afternoon as MK Dons play host to Notts County.

Graham Alexander’s men currently sit second in the Sky Bet League Two table having won four of their opening six matches, though victory today should see them reclaim top spot from the Magpies.

Today's match will be only the third to take place at Stadium MK in the league this season and the Dons go into it with a 100 per cent record, having won both of their opening two home league fixtures, including a 2-1 triumph over Doncaster Rovers last time out.

The Dons will also look to maintain their run of scoring in every league game, having found the net in each of their first six games, totalling 13 goals in the process.

Kick-off is at 3pm.

THE OPPOSITION
Notts County are the division’s leaders heading into this afternoon’s round of fixtures.

Bouncing back from a losing start to the season, the EFL newcomers have picked up 13 points from a possible 15 since then and currently boast a three-game winning streak.

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Luke Williams’ side have been impressive in front of goal too, scoring 12 goals in their six games, with last season’s top marksmen, Macaulay Langstaff (4), leading the way in the individual chart.

The only real blemish for the Magpies is their away form, which has been indifferent to start the season – Notts have won one, drawn one and lost one, scoring four goals and conceding six.

LAST TIME OUT
MK Dons were beaten 3-1 by Crewe Alexandra as they fell to their first defeat in three.

Jonathan Leko put the Dons in front after only eight minutes, finishing from inside the area at the second time of asking.

However, Crewe turned the game around in the space of seven second-half minutes, with goals from Conor Thomas and Courtney Baker-Richardson putting them 2-1 in front. Chris Long then made sure of the points for the Railwaymen, slotting home in the 90th minute.

Notts County secured a third successive Sky Bet League Two victory courtesy of a 3-1 win at home to Accrington Stanley.

Dan Crowley gave the Magpies a seventh-minute lead when he converted from Jodi Jones’ delivery but Accrington levelled the scores through Josh Andrews just before the half-hour.

Notts restored their lead on 64 minutes when Macaulay Langstaff found the net with a sublime finish from inside the area. Langstaff scored a second to make sure of the win in the final minute of regulation time, beating the offside trap and then the Stanley goalkeeper.

FIGHTING TALK
Graham Alexander: “These are the types of games, at the right end of the table, that you want to be involved in and the more games we have like this, it’ll mean we’re doing well.

“Notts County are a good team, with a good manager and 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. 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.

Luke Williams: “If we win it puts us in a good position but there is too much football to be played to start to work out what our future looks like. We have to concentrate on good performances and there is still improvements to be made.

“We've made too many mistakes, we've failed to keep clean sheets and haven't scored some of the chances we should have done. But we'd rather be at the top and trying to stay there than anywhere else. We don't want to shy away from that, but capitalise on that.

“If we want to be taken seriously at this level, we have to go there and put in a good performance.”

TEAM NEWS
MK Dons have several injury concerns to contend with heading into today’s game.

Graham Alexander revealed in his pre-match press conference that five players had not been involved in training, including top scorer Mo Eisa. Fellow frontmen Jonathan Leko and Matthew Dennis have also been out of action this week – Dennis missed the trip to Crewe Alexandra last weekend.

MJ Williams has been limited to just one appearance off the bench since the trip to Crawley Town on 15 August – he has had an injection to settle his issue. Ashley Hunter underwent a scan this week to determine the extent of the injury which forced him off last Saturday at the Mornflake Stadium.

One definite absentee is Phoenix Scholtz, who is away on international duty with Northern Ireland Under-19s, but, in better news, Deadline Day signings Anthony Stewart and Ellis Harrison are eligible to feature.

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Notts County will be without Malta international Jodi Jones, who is away with his national team preparing for a UEFA EURO Qualifier against North Macedonia.

Defender Geraldo Bajrami is a long-term absentee for the Magpies but they could hand a debut to Deadline Day loan signing Lewis Macari and summer recruit Will Randall, who has yet to feature since arriving from Sutton United due to injury - he is now back in full training.

PLAYED FOR BOTH
Notts County defender Aden Baldwin could return to Stadium MK this afternoon – a place where he spent the 2021/22 season, totalling 16 appearances in an MK Dons shirt.

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Should he return from injury, MJ Williams could face his former side in Notts County. The midfielder made eight appearances while on loan in Nottinghamshire during the 2014/15 campaign.

OFFICIALS
Christopher Kavanagh will take charge of today’s match at Stadium MK – his first of the 2023/24 season.

Last term, the experienced official refereed 23 fixtures – 13 in the Premier League, one in the UEFA Nations League and another in the Europa League. In total, he produced 70 yellow cards, two red cards and awarded eight penalties.

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Kavanagh’s last MK Dons appointment was back in March 2016, when he oversaw the Championship clash with Brighton & Hove Albion at Stadium MK. That day he booked eight players, sent off Dons defender Kyle McFadzean and awarded a penalty to each side.

His assistant referees are Harry Lennard and Matthew Wilkes while the fourth official is Sunny Gill.

HEAD TO HEAD
MK Dons wins: 12
MK Dons wins at Stadium MK: 7
Last MK Dons win: 2-1, 19 Apr 2019 (Meadow Lane)
Biggest MK Dons win: 4-1, 21 Mar 2015 (Stadium MK)

Draws: 3
Draws at Stadium MK: 1
Last draw: 1-1, 18 Sep 2012 (Stadium MK)

Notts County wins: 1
Notts County wins at Stadium MK: 0
Last Notts County win: 2-0, 11 Dec 2020 (Meadow Lane)
Biggest Notts County win: 2-0, 11 Dec 2020 (Meadow Lane)

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Forest Green Rovers v Crewe Alexandra
Gillingham v Harrogate Town
Salford City v Walsall
Swindon Town v Sutton United
Wrexham v Doncaster Rovers

FOLLOW IT LIVE
Tickets will be available to buy right up until kick-off, priced from £26 adults, £20 over-65s and under-25s, £8 under-21s and £5 under-14s if bought in advance of matchday, while under-7s can watch from as little as £3.

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.

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!

Live text updates will also be provided on the Match Centre as well as Twitter, while a full report will be available to read shortly after the full-time whistle. Post-match reaction and highlights will follow after.


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