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Scouting report: MK Dons

9 September 2016

A closer look at the Dons ahead of their second visit to Macron Stadium

Ahead of Wanderers' meeting with MK Dons, bwfc.co.uk takes a closer look at Karl Robinson’s side…



SEASON SO FAR…
The current campaign meanwhile has been solid if not spectacular for Karl Robinson’s side, with the stadiummk side currently occupying 14th position in the Sky Bet League One table after winning two, drawing one and losing three of their opening six fixtures, securing seven points in the process.

In cup competitions meanwhile, they recently bowed out of the Capital One Cup following a 2-0 defeat to Peterborough at stadiummk whilst in the EFL Trophy, they kicked off their group stage with a penalty shoot-out win over Barnet after the game had finished all square at 2-2.

Their two league victories meanwhile have both come on their travels this term, with success on the opening day away at Shrewsbury and then Rochdale in the middle of August accounting for the majority of their points haul so far.

On home soil meanwhile, it has been a completely different story with them only securing one point in front of their own supporters so far with a 2-2 draw with Millwall last month.

With Wanderers unbeaten so far this term though and strong on Macron Stadium soil, Saturday's game will see impressive home and away records put on the line come kick-off at BL6.

RECENT FORM
  • W 1-0 – Rochdale A - Sky Bet League One, 20/8/16 
  • D 2-2 (L 4-2 on penalties) – Reading A - EFL Cup Round 2, 23/8/16
  • L 2-0 – Peterborough H - Sky Bet League One, 27/8/16 
  • D 2-2 (W 5-3 on penalties) – Barnet H - EFL Trophy Group Game 1, 30/8/16
  • L 3-2 – Northampton Town A - Sky Bet League One, 4/8/16

THE MANAGER: KARL ROBINSON
In the managerial hotseat at stadiummk since May 2010, Robinson’s tenure with Dons so far has on the whole been a success, bar the club’s unfortunate relegation from the Sky Bet Championship last term.



As a player meanwhile, Robinson was something of a journeyman with his most prolific stints coming with Caernarfon Town, Oswestry Town and Rhyl. Spending virtually all of his career plying his trade for semi-professional Welsh and English sides, he hung up his boots almost a decade ago aged just 27. 

Going on to be appointed MK Dons manager over six years ago meanwhile having previously acted as Paul Ince’s assistant at stadiummk, he became the Football League’s youngest ever manager at the time, aged just 30. 

Leading the club to the play-offs in his first season in charge where they lost to Peterborough United in the semi-finals, he did the same the following campaign. 

Then masterminding the Dons’ 4-0 Capital One Cup victory over Manchester United in August 2014, he proceeded to help the Dons to the Championship as runners-up in League One back in May 2015 but was unable to keep them in the division.

KEY PLAYER: KIERAN AGARD
Agard linked up with this weekend's visitors from Milton Keynes last month for an undisclosed club record fee and certainly wasted no time in introducing himself to the MK Dons faithful with a brace on his debut against Millwall on August 13. 



Born in Newham, the forward spent time with both Arsenal and Everton as a youngster but it was with the latter that he turned professional with in 2008. The majority of his time at Goodison Park however saw him confined to the club’s youth teams alongside brief loan spells with both Peterborough United and Kilmarnock. 

Moving to Yeovil Town in 2011, Agard’s efforts for the Glovers ultimately caught the eye of Rotherham United who took him to the New York Stadium just a year later. 

Lastly on the books of Bristol City meanwhile, whom he helped stave off relegation from the Championship last year, the 26-year-old will be hoping to fire the Dons back to English’s football’s second tier this term.

LAST MK DONS XI (v Northampton Town, L 3-2)
Martin, Lewington, Walsh, Downing, Baldock. Carruthers, Upson, Potter, Colclough, Bowditch, Maynard

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