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Preview: MK Dons vs. Bolton Wanderers

21 February 2020

Bolton travel to Stadium MK on Saturday to take on Russell Martin’s MK Dons side in Sky Bet League One.

MK Dons sit in 18th place on 33 points and are unbeaten in their previous four games, drawing 1-1 at Lincoln City in their last game, which leaves them 10 points clear of the drop-zone. They have won nine league games this season, and eight of those have come at home. Their last home game resulted in an impressive 2-0 win over Wycombe Wanderers and in the previous one, they defeated Rochdale 2-1.

Team News

In his pre-match press conference with bwfc.co.uk, Keith Hill said that midfielder Ali Crawford could return for Bolton for the away fixture. He has returned to full training this week after not playing since October due to a knee injury. Keith Hill has also confirmed that forward Ronan Darcy will be part of the squad for Saturday’s game, who has been out with a foot injury. Anthony Georgiou is still not available but should return for next week.

Head to Head

Bolton have faced MK Dons five times with Bolton winning twice, one draw and an MK Dons sole victory. Bolton won the most recent meeting 1-0 this season with Daryl Murphy scoring a dramatic stoppage-time winner, after he had earlier missed from the penalty spot.

Match Coverage

As usual, match updates will be provided by the club’s official twitter account (@OfficialBWFC). We will keep you up to date with the action to ensure you don’t miss a kick – delivering a match report shortly after the final whistle with post-match reaction from manager, Keith Hill.

Live commentary will also be available by the iFollow BWFC channel (subscribe via the website), with the BBC Radio Manchester team providing the coverage.

Betting Odds

Bolton come into the game as 4/1 underdogs, according to Sky Bet, while MK Dons are 8/13 favourites.

A man in the middle

Saturday’s match will be officiated by Ollie Yates. He has refereed one Bolton match this season, which was against Sunderland in a 1-1 draw in September. He will be assisted by Samuel Ogles and Paul Graham and the fourth official is Daniel Cook. Yates has handed out 96 yellow cards in 28 matches this season, an average of 3.4 a game. He has sent off seven players.

Key man for The Dons- Rhys Healey

Rhys Healey is the man to be wary of for the Dons. He is in a rich vein of form, scoring in his past four games. He has 10 goals in total with 2 assists, scoring last time out with a free kick after three minutes against Lincoln City. Healey is 25 and was born in Manchester and has had numerous loans before moving to the Dons.

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Match Reports

Report: MK Dons vs. Bolton Wanderers

22 February 2020

A second half strike from Rhys Healey gifted the three points to MK Dons after ran out 1-0 winners against Bolton Wanderers.

Keith Hill made two changes to the starting XI with midfielder Ali Crawford making his long-awaited return from injury while Jacob Mellis also came into the starting line-up with Josh Emmanuel and Chris O’Grady dropping to the bench,

Remi Matthews was on hand to turn away an early opportunity from Healey whose low, angled drive was turned away by the Wanderers ‘keeper.

Crawford’s in-swinging free-kick was glanced towards his own goal by the head of George Williams but Lee Nicholls in the Dons’ goal was able to safely gather the ball.

Healey then cut inside from the left but couldn't find an opening for a shot before the ball broke loose to Louis Thompson whose curling effort went narrowly wide from 20 yards.

Crawford gained possession in midfield and then found Jason Lowe over on the right-hand side, but his cross into the box was claimed comfortably by Nicholls.

At the other end, after latching onto Ben Reeves' cross, Healey’s header went narrowly over the bar.

Ethan Hamilton did well to keep control of the ball and find Lowe, but his dangerous low cross didn’t connect with any Wanderers player and the chance went begging.

The visitors looked for a penalty went Dennis Politic went down after he collided with Healey after latching onto Mellis’ pass, but the referee allowed play to continue.

Alex Gilbey did well to run into the box and pull the ball back to for Carlton Morris, but he saw his shot from 10 yards out blocked by the Wanderers defence.

Crawford, looking very energetic upon his return to action, saw Nicholls hold onto his long-range curling effort after picking up Daryl Murphy’s flick-on.

Deep into time added-on, Matthews was forced into making a vital save to keep out Morris after Crawford lost possession with a loose pass.

Early into the second half, the hosts found themselves with a good opportunity to break the deadlock when Ben Reeves' free-kick into the box was headed across goal by Jordan Moore-Taylor but Matthews rose the highest to claim the loose ball.

Meanwhile, at the other end, a superb through ball from Hamilton sent Politic away down the left but after cutting into the box, the young Romanian was held up by a couple of Dons’ defenders before he eventually lost possession.

Hill made his first change of the afternoon just before the hour with Sonny Graham coming on for Mellis.

Politic tried his luck from just outside the box but his well-struck shot sailed over the bar after he did well to carve open the opportunity.

Crawford produced a beautiful lob over the top of the Dons’ defence to put Daryl Murphy in, but the big Irishman saw his half volley go inches wide of the far post.

The hosts took the lead shortly afterwards through Healey whose angled drive squirmed underneath the body of Matthews.

Wanderers made another change with Emmanuel coming on for Crawford with just over fifteen minutes of the contest remaining, with Joe Dodoo replacing Hamilton shortly afterwards.

Politic had an opportunity to level scores when he charged into the box and unleashed a shot towards goal, but Nicholls managed to keep the effort out to preserve his team’s narrow lead.

Matthews then made a great save to keep out Alex Gilbey after he surged into the box and looked set on increasing the Dons’ lead.

The Wanderers’ keeper made another fine save to keep out an injury-time strike off Healey, who was looking keen to add to his tally.

 

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Ticket News

Pay On The Day Available For MK Dons Away Clash

21 February 2020

Wanderers supporters will be able to purchase tickets at Stadium MK tomorrow afternoon, ahead of our SkyBet League One clash with MK Dons.

Tickets will be sold from the away ticket sales booth, which is located next to the away turnstiles.

Ticket prices do not increase on the day.

Advanced sales from Bolton Wanderers are still available via the phone lines & in person at Bolton Central until 2pm today. After this time, no sales or refunds can be processed.

Ticket Prices

Adults - £22.00

Over 65s - £17.00

Under 18s - £7.00

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