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In focus: MK Dons match preview

22 February 2021

Take a closer look at the latest stats and facts in our match preview ahead of Town's Sky Bet League One clash with MK Dons.

MK Dons visit Montgomery Waters Meadow in form having won four of their last five Sky Bet League One fixtures - drawing the other game 2-2 with league giants Sunderland. During this run, Russell Martin's team have picked up impressive victories over Hull City, Rochdale, AFC Wimbledon and Northampton Town.

So far this season, MK Dons frontman Cameron Jerome has netted on 10 occasions in the league as well as contributing with four assists. With the addition of Will Grigg, the home side will prove a stern rest for the resolute Salop backline.

Name: Milton Keynes Dons Football Club

Nickname: The Dons

Founded: 2004

Biggest win: 7-0, Oldham Athletic, 2014

Biggest loss: 0-5, Burnley, 2016

Highest league finish: 23rd, Sky Bet Championship, 2015/16

Read Aaron Wilbraham's thoughts ahead of the tie...

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Aaron Wilbraham previews Town's clash with MK Dons

The Manager – Russell Martin

Russell Martin is in his first spell as manager after enjoying an illustrious playing career - one which saw him make over 580 career appearances, earn 29 international caps and achieve promotion from each EFL division.

The 34-year-old spent the formative years of his playing career in the Brighton and Hove Albion Academy but would leave East Sussex in 2004 to join Lewes. The bulk of his playing career was spent with Norwich City, where the former defender spent eight years - four of which were spent in the Premier League with the Canaries.

Off the pitch, Martin runs his own charitable foundation in Brighton - the Russell Martin Foundation. The organisation gives kids the chance to play football and work their way into academy football. Having become vegan in 2014 for health reasons, Martin is also part-owner of Erpingham House, the largest vegan restaurant in the UK.

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Defender - Dean Lewington

Lewington is English football’s longest-serving active player and is rapidly approaching his 800th career appearance and is the current captain at Stadium MK.

A member of the inaugural Dons side in 2004/05, the left-back has been a consistent figure ever since, helping the team achieve three promotions and helped the club lift the Papa John’s Trophy at Wembley Stadium. He has donned the captain’s armband since 2008.

Midfielder – Andrew Surman

MK Dons bolstered their midfield with the signing of Andrew Surman in mid-November. The former AFC Bournemouth captain arrived at Stadium MK on a free transfer, having left the Cherries in June 2020.

Surman has totalled over 450 appearances so far in his career, the majority of which have come in the Premier League for clubs such as Southampton, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Norwich City and, most recently, Bournemouth.

Forward - Will Grigg

Will Grigg sealed a return to MK Dons in the final hours of the January Transfer Window, reuniting the Club with their leading goalscorer from the 2014/15 promotion-winning season.

The Northern Ireland international netted 22 times in just 50 appearances during a prolific campaign at Stadium MK, helping to fire the Dons to their first-ever promotion to the Championship.

Grigg, who has scored 127 career goals for the likes of Walsall, Brentford, Wigan Athletic and Sunderland, will bolster Russell Martin’s strikeforce for the remainder of the 2020/21 season.

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League stats panel:

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Officials:

Referee: Leigh Doughty
Assistants: Adam Crysell and Matthew Jones
Fourth Official: Mark Russell

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Match report: Shrewsbury Town 4 MK Dons 2

23 February 2021

Shrewsbury Town secure all three points with a 4-2 win over MK Dons.

Shrewsbury Town welcomed an inform MK Dons to Montgomery Waters Meadow who visited Shropshire having won four of their last five fixtures.

However, form went out of the window as Salop secured a deserved 4-2 win over the away side with an opening 15 minutes that saw earn a convincing 3-0 lead.

Harry Chapman drove forward laying the ball out to Donald Love on the right. The full back took his time to pick out Sean Goss at the back post with a perfectly weighted cross and the midfield man did the rest-  bringing the ball down and slotting home coolly to give Salop the lead.

Things got even better for the Shrews inside seven minutes. Town were awarded a penalty and captain Ollie Nornurn stepped up and made no mistake smashing the ball hard and low right down the middle to double his sides lead.

Town’s dream start showed no sign of slowing down, the referee awarded another penalty - this time for handball when Shaun Whalley fired in a low cross. It was Cutis Main who dispatched the penalty, getting his first goal for the club since joining in January.

The crazy start to the game took another turn when the Dons sparked into life and played the ball into the area for Will Grigg who had the easiest of chances tapping it home from six yards out, leaving the score three one with 23 played.

Town began the second half much like the first, pressing right from the front and working hard off the ball. It was Josh Vela who eventually won it back deep in MK’s half he dribbled into the area squared it for Sean Goss who was completely unmarked and he passed it home for his second and Shrewsbury’s fourth.

The home side gave away a cheap freekick on the edge of the area and The Dons played it low catching Shrewsbury off guard they managed to block a couple of efforts off the line but the ball eventually found the feet of Charlie Brown who made it four two.

The referee blew his whistle on what was an impressive night for The Shrews as they continue their march up the table.

The teams:

Salop: Matija Sarkic, Donald Love (Josh Daniels, 17) Ethan Ebanks Landell, Ro-Shaun Williams, Nathanael Ogbeta, Josh Vela, Ollie Norburn, Sean Goss (Scott Golbourne, 82), Harry Chapman (David Edwards, 82), Curtis Main (Rekeil Pyke, 68) Shaun Whalley (Dan Udoh, 82).

Subs not used: Harry Burgoyne, David Davis.

Dons: Andrew Fisher, Dean Lewington, Zak Jules (Daniel Harvie 59), Harry Darling, Ben Gladwin (Jordan Houghton, 59), Will Grigg (Joe Mason, 59), Ethan Laird (Lasse Sorensen, 63), Warren O'Hora, Andrew Surman, Matt O'Riley, Cameron Jerome Charlie Brown, 64).

Subs not used: Lee Nicholls, Lewis Johnson.

Officials:

Referee: Leigh Doughty
Assistants: Adam Crysell and Matthew Jones
Fourth Official: Mark Russell

Bookings:

Cameron Jerome was shown the first yellow card of the game in the 60th minute for a foul on Ethan Ebanks-Landell.

Ollie Norburn was shown a yellow card in the 63rd minute for a foul in the middle of the park.

David Edwards and Harry Darling were both shown a yellow card in the dying moments of the game due to a minor altercation.

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Match passes: MK Dons

22 February 2021

Match passes are now available to purchase for Town's Sky Bet League One home clash with MK Dons.

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