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Preview: MK Dons v Fleetwood Town

10 November 2017

After two games away from league action in the FA Cup and Checkatrade Trophy, Uwe Rosler takes his side to Stadium MK to face MK Dons in Sky Bet League One.

The Cod Army go into the game off the back of a 2-1 win over Carlisle United in the Checkatrade Trophy which saw Town top their group. Goals from Wes Burns and Jack Sowerby sealed victory at Brunton Park.

MK Dons have scored eight goals in their last two games, with a 4-0 win over Hyde in the FA Cup preceding Tuesday night’s 4-3 win at Oxford United in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Town boss Uwe Rosler says…

“I went to watch them at Hyde in the FA Cup and I kept thinking; what a quality squad they have. The team they put out against Oxford in the Checkatrade, they have a top squad.

“I have seen in the three games I have watched, they have players with a lot of experience. It will be tough for us and we need to be at the top of our physical level, but I believe the big pitch will help us just like at Blackburn Rovers. For me this is a big challenge.”

Dons’ manager Robbie Neilson says…

“They [Fleetwood] are a very good team that are strong, organised and very hard to break down. They’ll come here and sit in, and make it very difficult for us, and they’ll probably try to hit us on the counter attack like they did last year.”

“We have to stand up against their physicality.”

Team News

Conor McAleny is still a doubt for the trip to Buckinghamshire, while Town will definitely be without Bobby Grant who remains on the sidelines. Lewie Coyle begins the first of his three game ban after his dismissal at Chorley last Monday.

One To Watch

Dons’ top scorer this season is midfielder Gboly Ariyibi. The Virginia, USA native has scored 7 times season, including 2 in Tuesday’s 4-3 win at Oxford United. A former Southampton FC youth prospect, Ariyibi signed his first professional contract with Leeds United in 2013. He is perhaps best known though amongst Chesterfield fans, where he made nearly 100 appearances between 2014-2017. Dons signed the American on loan for Nottingham Forest, for whom he is yet to feature, and has been ever present in MK’s team since his summer arrival.

We’ve Met Before

Of the four previous league meeting between Fleetwood and MK Dons, there have been three wins for Dons and one for Fleetwood. Last season, the away side won on both occasions with Dons recording a 4-1 win at Highbury that included a hat trick for Ryan Colclough. A 61st minute Cian Bolger header won the game 1-0 at Stadium MK last season.

Fancy a Flutter?

Sky Bet have released their odds for the League One match, with a few selections given below.

A Fleetwood win in Buckinghamshire is priced at 17/10, while a home win can be selected at 13/8.

Fleetwood recorded a 2-1 win at Chorley on Monday night, and for Town to record a win by the same score line is priced at 9/1.

For former MK Dons man Devante Cole to hit the net at Stadium MK and Town to repeat last season’s 1-0 win on the same ground, Sky Bet have priced it at 22/1.

Town’s last two away games have resulted in 2-1 wins. A third in a row is priced at 9/1.

A full list of all the odds can be found on the Sky Bet website.

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Match Reports

Report: Town suffer first defeat in five games

11 November 2017

Fleetwood Town fell to their first defeat in five games as they narrowly lost 1-0 to MK Dons at stadium:mk on Saturday.

Aneke pounced on a fortunate ricochet minutes before half time and struck into the top right hand corner to win the game for the hosts. 

Town did have some good chances to score in the game, particularly in the second half, but they couldn't find their way past a strong Dons back line.

Uwe Rosler made three changes to the starting XI from Monday night's FA Cup win at Chorley, with Jordy Hiwula, Wes Burns and Baily Cargill coming into the side ahead of Ash Hunter, Nathan Pond and the suspended Lewie Coyle. George Glendon was also handed his 50th Fleetwood Town appearance.

There was a full eleven changes from Wednesday's Checkatrade Trophy win at Carlisle United.

Fleetwood started brightly in Buckinghamshire and had the first good chance of the game within three minutes as Devante Cole forced Dons keeper Lee Nicholls into a save as he headed on Kyle Dempsey's free kick.

MK's first golden chance could have perhaps earned the hosts the opener had Peter Pawlett kept his header down, after he was left unmarked from a corner kick.

They then had another great opportunity to take the lead from a free kick, but Ed Upson's set piece had just too much on it for Aneke to get a touch which would have likely taken the ball in.

It was far from one-way traffic though, and Town were dominant with the attacking play, but Dons were making it difficult for Fleetwood to create a decent end product in the final third.

Dons were looking vulnerable from the long ball, and it was Burns who took advantage as he burst down the right wing before crossing into the area, but MK cleared just as Dempsey was lining up ready to shoot.

Rosler's side had another great chance when the Dons failed to clear a loose ball in the area, allowing both Burns and Aiden O'Neill to try their luck, but both efforts were blocked.

The hosts still had chances in the first half, with Scott Wootton denied by a block, before Pawlett's strike suffered the same fate, as both defences stood their ground in a tight affair.

It was the hosts that took the lead just a couple of minutes before the break as the ball took a lucky deflection on the edge of the area after Town failed to clear their lines, and finding its way to Aneke who hit the ball sweetly past Alex Cairns.

Town were fortunate not to be 2-0 down at the break after a defensive mix up almost allowed Aneke to grab a second, but Cairns recovered well to smother the ball to safety.

Dempsey was the first to have a go in the second period, as Town began their search for an equaliser. Nicholls saved his curling effort from outside the area.

O'Neill then tried a go from the edge of the area, but did little to test the keeper as he fired wide.

Gboly Ariyibi looked dangerous for the home side, and he could have doubled the lead when he kept possession well on the edge of the box, but the American fired wide of Cairns' goal.

There were chances aplenty in the second half, and next it Burns who teed himself for a strike after a long free kick fell to him on the edge of the area, but he fired over as Town still struggled to find momentum for the equaliser.

Rosler made two changes with half an hour to go in an effort to swing the game, with Hunter and Godswill Ekpolo entering the field in place of Burns and Cargill.

Hunter forced a corner after his powerful cross was deflected wide with one of his first touches, which started a crazy two minutes at Stadium MK. The corner was cleared by the Dons, and despite Godswill perhaps being fouled on the edge of the area, they began a quick counter attack which saw Agard eventually hit the side netting.

From Cairns' goal kick, the ball was soon in the home side's penalty area and pinball ensued, but Cole was to be denied in last ditch fashion by the back four and Fleetwood were left with more to do to save a point in the game.

Two more good chances went begging for Town, as Hunter's shot was blocked, before Jack Sowerby – brought on by Rosler moments earlier – fired high and wide into the stands.

The Dons had the opportunity to seal victory in the final ten minutes as a piercing counter attack saw Alex Gilbey fire over from close range.

Town still continued to pressure the hosts into stoppage time, but it was to be a frustrating afternoon for Rosler's men as they head back to Lancashire empty handed.

Milton Keynes Dons XI: Nicholls (GK), Williams, Wootton, Upson, Ariyibi (Lewington), Aneke, Pawlett (Nesbitt), Golbourne, Agard (Seager), Ebanks-Landell, Gilbey ©.

Subs not used: Sietsma, Walsh, McGrandles , Thomas-Asante.

Fleetwood Town XI: Cairns (GK), Bell, O'Neill (Sowerby), Eastham, Hiwula, Dempsey, Burns (Hunter), Bolger ©, Glendon, Cargill (Godswill), Cole.

Subs not used: Neal (GK), Pond, Rodgers, Schwabl.

Referee: B Huxtable

Attendance: 7'827 (128 away)

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Ticket News

Tickets and travel on sale for trip to MK Dons

2 November 2017

Tickets and travel for Fleetwood Town's trip to MK Dons are now on sale.

Uwe Rosler's side travel to Stadium:MK on Saturday 11th November 2017 (3pm k/o), hoping to repeat the heroics of last season's 1-0 win, with Cian Bolger grabbing the goal.

The Cod Army will be in the North Lower Corner of the ground, with ticket prices are as follows:

Adults - £22

Seniors (65+) – £17

Under 18s - £7

*Please note there is no price increase on the day for tickets*

Supporters coaches will be departing Highbury Stadium at 8:30am costing only £13 for all supporters.

Tickets and travel are available for all supporters and can be purchased in person at Highbury Stadium or over the phone by calling 01253 775080.

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