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Match preview: MK Dons vs Shrewsbury Town

8 December 2017

Marcus Braddock previews tomorrow's game against MK Dons

After a two week break, Shrewsbury Town are back in action this snowy weekend with Buckinghamshire's Stadium:MK the destination. Milton Keynes haven't had the start to the season they would have hoped for and currently find themselves in 16th position in League One. A glance at their results this season shows ten wins but four of those have been in cup games and without those their position makes more sense. The same could be said about our own recent form of course, take away our cup wins and we've won once in four games. MK are winless over the same period with their last league win occuring on November 11th against Fleetwood. Of their six wins in League One this season, three have been at home and three have been in away games. Draws feature as the most common result at Stadium:MK, 50% of their home games have been draws, the only team with a higher percentage of home draws is Walsall but only because they've played one game less at home.

Top Scorers (cup goals in brackets)
Gboly Ariyibi 3(4)
Kieran Agard 3(2)
Chuks Aneke 3(1)
Ed Upson 3(1)
Aiden Nesbitt 2(2)

Goals
All of MK's home league wins this season have been by a margin of one goal, 1-0 against Gillingham, 1-0 against Fleetwood and 3-2 against Rochdale and with all the draws it's clear that games at Stadium:MK are often tight affairs. Their goals for and against at home tell a similar story, 13 scored and 14 conceded suggests they can hold teams at home.

Goal Distribution
The first half is the most vulnerable time for the home team if their goals conceded is anything to go by. In the first fifteen minutes of first halves at home this season they've conceded four times, they also conceded four in the last fifteen minutes of the first half of games. 71% of the goals they have conceded at home this season have occurred in the first half. The second half is much better entertainment for the home fans with three goals scored in the opening fifteen minutes and four goals scored in the final fifteen minutes of games at Stadium MK.

Clean Sheets
3 at home and 3 away.

Assists
Ed Upson 4
Chuks Aneke 2
Scott Golbourne 2
Aaron Tshibola 2

Squad News
Manager Robbie Neilson will be without midfielder Ousseynou Cisse and striker Osman Sow.

Jon Nolan has been rated as 50/50 for the trip to Stadium MK.

Summary
Another game that may look simple on paper given our season and Milton Keynes' but it's far from it in reality. I think they are a better team than their position suggests and with so many draws at home, it would have only taken the odd goal or two to see them sitting in a more comfortable position. We need to be that forceful, tight, defensive, unit that turns attack into defence in an instant that we've seen so often this season, especially during that difficult first half for the home side. We all know what we are capable of.

COYB!!!

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MK Dons 1 Town 1

9 December 2017

Whalley stunner rescues a draw

Town: Dean Henderson, Ben Godfrey (Louis Dodds 71), Mat Sadler (Lenell John-Lewis 80), Omar Beckles, Shaun Whalley, Abu Ogogo ©, James Bolton, Jon Nolan, Aristote Nsiala, Alex Rodman, Stefan Payne
Subs: Craig MacGillivray, Joe Riley, Carlton Morris, Louis Dodds, Arthur Gnahoua, Lenell John-Lewis, Bryn Morris

MK Dons: Lee Nicholls, George Williams ©, Joe Walsh, Ed Upson, Osman Sow (Sam Nombe 54), Chuks Aneke, Peter Pawlett, Scott Golbourne, Kieran Agard, Conor McGrandles, Ethan Ebanks-Landell
Subs: Wieger Sietsma, Scott Wooton, Gboly Ariyibi, Ryan Seager, Aidan Nesbitt, Sam Nombe, Brandon Thomas-Asante

Referee: Ross Joyce
Assistants: Alix Pashley and Gregory Read
Fourth Official: Michael Webb
Attendance: 8355 (492)

Shaun Whalley’s stunning 86th minute strike rescued a point for Shrewsbury Town against MK Dons. Town had the better of the first-half, but it was the home side that would take the lead shortly after half-time when Chuks Aneke played in Peter Pawlett for the opener. That goal appeared to be giving MK Dons the victory until five minutes from time as Whalley curled an effort into the top corner from 30 yards. The draw means that Town remain in second-place in Sky Bet League One.


Team News:
Paul Hurst makes five changes to the side that started Tuesday night’s Checkatrade Trophy game against Port Vale, although there is only one change when compared with Town’s last league game against Bradford City with Captain Abu Ogogo returning after his three game suspension. The changes from Tuesday night see Dean Henderson, James Bolton, Ben Godfrey, Jon Nolan and Stefan Payne all return with Craig MacGillivray, Joe Riley, Bryn Morris, Louis Dodds and Carlton Morris all dropping to the bench.

First-Half:
It was a very quiet opening 10 minutes as neither side managed to test the opposing ‘keeper. Town were looking to play through midfield, whilst the hosts were more inclined to get the ball forward early towards the powerful front pair of Aneke and Sow, but both sides were cancelling each other out.

In the 12th minute Town were awarded the first corner of the afternoon and it led to a slight moment of chaos in the MK Dons six yard box, but Lee Nicholls got down well to keep out Omar Beckles’ diving header.

Apart from that Beckles header, neither side had even attempted an effort on goal until Town created good chance 25 minutes in when Alex Rodman cut inside from the left-hand side and shot from the edge of the box. Nicholls got down to make the save but he couldn’t hold onto it and it fell to Stefan Payne six yards out tried to hammer it home but his shot went a few yards over the bar.

Town were now starting to get on top and James Bolton went close when he headed a deep free-kick from Mat Sadler just inches over the bar, although Nicholls probably had it covered in any case.

 Shrewsbury were starting to look really assured in possession and played some lovely triangle passes, particularly down the right where the likes of Whalley, Nolan, Godfrey and Bolton were combining well, but the final was just off and Town weren’t able to really test Nicholls.

At the other end, Stefan Payne was forced to clear off the line as Ethan Ebanks-Landell headed an MK Dons corner towards goal and 30 seconds later Dean Henderson was called into action to keep out a powerful Kieran Agard volley from 25 yards.

Town managed to weather that slight storm and then created a chance of their own when Shaun Whalley cut inside onto his left foot, but his shot was weak and Nicholls comfortably held it.

Dean Henderson then made a world class save to keep out Osman Sow just four minutes before the break. A combination of Shaun Whalley and James Bolton lost the ball in the MK Dons half and the home side broke quickly through Chuks Aneke. Aneke fed it through to Peter Pawlett who then played it across to Kieran Agard who shot first time from just inside the box, but Henderson got down brilliantly to his right and tipped it round the post.

Half Time: 0-0

Second-Half:
The second-half started with far more zip than the first-half had stated with and Alex Rodman made a good early run, taking the ball 50 yards before playing in a cross towards Payne, but he couldn't quite stretch his leg out enough to make a connection and Milton Keynes cleared.

With 56 minutes on the clock MK Dons took the lead against the run of play. A ball forward caused Town problems and the second ball dropped to Chuks Aneke who slipped through a lovely little pass to Peter Pawlett who kept his cool to neatly finish past the onrushing Dean Henderson from 10 yards.

That goal really seemed to take the sting out of the game and Town were creating very little, so Paul Hurst turned to his bench and brought on Louis Dodds for the final 20 minutes in place of Ben Godfrey.  

However, it was the home side that looked the more dangerous as they decided to play on the break and Toto Nsiala had to get in a brilliant block to keep out Sam Nombe’s shot after Chuks Aneke’s brilliant run.

As the game ticked into the final 10 minutes Paul Hurst rolled the dice and decided to go to three at the back by bringing on Lenell John-Lewis in place of Mat Sadler.

It didn’t look like the changes would make much of a difference until five minutes from time as Town scored a goal out of nothing. The ball came out to Shaun Whalley on the right-hand side and he appeared to be steadying himself in order to deliver the ball into the box, but instead he went for goal from 30 yards out and it went into the top corner beyond the despairing dive of Lee Nicholls.

Full-Time: 1-1

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Ticket News

MK Dons Ticket Details

6 December 2017

Ticket details for the league trip to MK Dons

MK Dons v Shrewsbury Town
Saturday 9th December 2017 – kick-off 3pm
Stadium MK
Sky Bet League One

Ticket prices have been confirmed for our Sky Bet League One trip to Stadium MK to take on MK Dons.

Town have been allocated 500 tickets and fans will be situated in the North Stand Lower section.

Tickets will be priced at -
Adults - £22
Seniors (over 65) - £17
Under-18s – £7

All disabled supporters should be charged as age applicable with no charge for their personal assistant. We have been allocated 5 pairs of wheelchair and helper tickets.

There is no price increase on any of the age categories for pay on the day, but we do encourage supporters to buy their tickets in advance. On the day, the away ticket booth is cash only.

Limited parking is available at Stadium MK priced at £7 and they also have a Park and Walk option for £5. MK Dons highly recommend that you pre-book these by visiting https://www.mkdons.com/

Limited parking is also available for blue badge holders and these must be pre-booked by emailing customer.services@mkdons.com

Tickets will go off sale on Friday 8th December at 4:30pm.

Tickets can be purchased in the following ways:
•    In person at the Montgomery Waters Meadow ticket office
•    By calling 01743 273943
•    Via our online ticketing site - click here

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