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MK Dons (A) match preview

6 March 2020

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Rovers will look to make it back-to-back wins in Sky Bet League One when they travel on MK Dons this weekend.

Darren Moore’s side beat promotion chasing Wycombe Wanderers 3-1 at the Keepmoat Stadium last time out.

The Dons moved 11 points clear of the relegation zone with a hard fought 1-1 draw at Rotherham United.

MK Dons’ recent form

The Dons have been beaten just once after picking up some positive results throughout the month of February. Like Rovers, they picked up an impressive three points at home to Wycombe, before grinding out a 1-1 draw at Shrewsbury a week later. They backed that up with another point on the road against Lincoln City, before returning to Stadium MK to claim all three points against Bolton Wanderers.

Despite then suffering a 3-1 defeat to Portsmouth, they responded with a 1-1 draw at Rotherham United last time out.

Who’s the gaffer?

Russell Martin was appointed as the club’s new manager after the departure of Paul Tisdale at the start of November. Since then he has taken charge of 22 games, winning seven, drawing six and losing nine, giving him an overall win percentage of 31.82%.

Ones to watch

George Williams

After coming through the youth system at the club, Williams initially left the Dons in December 2014. He joined Barnsley and helped the Tykes to promotion to the Sky Bet Championship before returning to Stadium MK in 2016. Since then he has gone on to make more than 150 appearances for the club, including 27 starts in the current campaign.

Alex Gilbey

The former Colchester United trainee joined the Dons in August 2017 from Wigan Athletic and went on to play a key role in helping the club win promotion back to the third tier last season.

Gilbey has plenty of experience at Sky Bet League One level and that has proved to be valuable in a young Dons team under Russell Martin.

Rhys Healey

The 25-year-old striker joined MK on a permanent deal from Cardiff City after impressing on an initial loan spell at the end of last season.

Nine goals in 21 appearances helped fire the club to promotion from Sky Bet League Two, and he has followed that up with 11 in 14 starts so far this season.

Who’s the ref?

Carl Boyeson will be the man in charge when Rovers travel to face MK Dons, and you can find out more about him here.

Last time out

The two teams played out a 1-1 draw when the two sides last met in December. Alex Gilbey gave the Dons the lead in the second-half before Cameron John levelled the scores late on.


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