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PREVIEW | MK Dons vs Rovers

26 March 2021

Rovers are on the road again this weekend as they travel to face MK Dons in Sky Bet League One.

Andy Butler’s side came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at Gillingham last time out, thanks to goals from Tom Anderson and James Coppinger. 


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MK Dons’ recent form 

Saturday’s opponents have won three of their past six league games stretching back to a 3-2 defeat at Gillingham at the start of March. A difficult start to the month continued when they were beaten 3-0 at Wigan Athletic four days later, before losing 1-0 at home to Blackpool. 

Since that though they have found their form, with a 3-2 win over Accrington Stanley sparking a run of three straight victories. They have beaten both Plymouth Argyle and Burton Albion by 2-1 score-lines in their most recent outings. 

The man in charge 

Russell Martin took over as the Dons’ manager in November 2019 after the departure of Paul Tisdale. The former Peterborough United and Norwich City defender had a spell as a player with the club before taking the managerial role. 

Since taking the job, Martin has been in charge of 70 games, winning 26, drawing 17 and losing 27, giving him an overall win percentage of 37.1%.   

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Ones to watch 

Andrew Surman 

A vastly experienced midfielder, Surman began his career with Southampton and made more than 130 appearances for the club before Wolverhampton Wanderers paid a fee in excess of £1 million for his services in 2009. He spent just a year at Molineux though and after a brief spell with Norwich City he enjoyed the best period of his career with AFC Bournemouth. 

In his first season with the Cherries he helped the club win promotion to the Premier League for the first time in their history. He made almost 150 appearances before signing for MK Dons on a free transfer in November.  

Scott Fraser 

The creative midfielder only signed for the club on the eve of the new season after MK Dons won the race for his signature. Fraser was well coveted after leaving fellow Sky Bet League One side Burton Albion at the end of last season and his addition represented something of a coup for the Dons.   

After beginning his career with Dundee United, the 25-year-old signed for Burton ahead of the 2018/19 campaign and quickly established himself as one of the best players at the club. He scored nine goals and contributed with 14 assists last season. He has continued that form on with his new club throughout the current campaign, scoring 11 goals so far.  

Cameron Jerome 

After making his name with Cardiff City in the EFL, Jerome signed for Birmingham City in the summer of 2006 and continued his impressive goalscoring form while at St. Andrews. He spent five years with the Blues before signing for Stoke City, but made just 15 league starts during his three-year spell at the Britannia.  

It was with Norwich City where he rediscovered his form in front of goal, scoring 38 goals in 93 league starts. He had a spell in Turkey more recently with Goztepe before signing for MK Dons in October. He has hit the ground running since his return to English football, scoring 15 goals in 36 appearances for the Dons. 

 

Last time out 

The two sides drew 1-1 on the opening day of the 2020/21 campaign at the Keepmoat Stadium in September. Madger Gomes had given Rovers the lead, before Baily Cargill secured a point for the visitors two minutes from time. 

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