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Media view: Local reporter insight on MK Dons

22 January 2016

MK Dons' local report on what Bolton Wanderers can expect from the visitors this weekend

Toby Lock, Sports Editor at the Milton Keynes Citizen, speaks to to preview the weekend’s game at Macron Stadium. Having won promotion as League One runners-up last term, how would you assess MK Dons’ season so far?

TL: To be honest, most fans would tell you staying up on goal difference would be a success this season. The expectation wasn't to set the world alight, especially given the lack of money offered to Karl Robinson in the summer, but lady luck hasn't been on the side of MK Dons this season. We might expect them to be a bit higher up the table, but as long as they stay outside the drop zone, most will be appeased. How well would you say the club’s summer transfer arrivals have settled so far this season?

TL: Dele Alli was a big loss and Will Grigg certainly took over the mantle as front man brilliantly, but Dons were outbid for their leading scorer. Everyone in the country now knows the name Dele Alli, so to lose an England international from a League One squad is obviously going to leave a big hole. Frankly, the summer transfer signings haven't really come through and three have already left the club. I think the jump to the Championship has taken everyone a little by surprise. Who has been MK Dons’ key man this term and who should Bolton fans be on the lookout for this afternoon?

TL: The more I see of him, the more I like Nicky Maynard. He's relentless, he chases everything and he has a keen eye for goal. Dons don't create a lot of chances, but when they do, Maynard is one to watch. I also love watching Samir Carruthers. He wears his heart of his sleeve, shows his frustration and isn't shy of a tackle. MK Dons have struggled on the road so far this season - any reason?

TL: If I knew, I'd have told Robbo by now! It has been a funny season in that sense, but individual errors at Huddersfield, Leeds and Bristol City cost Dons vital points. Last season, their away form was pretty good. I think if any manager knew the secret to home and away form, they'd be at the biggest clubs in the land. Finally, a prediction?

TL: Given the positions both clubs find themselves in, I think both will be going for it hammer and tongs. The encounter at stadium:mk was a bit tentative, given how early in the season it was, but this is a real six-pointer so I fancy a few goals. After beating Reading last weekend, I'd say Dons to win 2-1.

Toby is on Twitter, @Citizen_Toby.


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