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Preview: MK Dons

8 March 2022

Match Previews

Preview: MK Dons

8 March 2022

With the confidence of a club record League One win, Cheltenham Town head to third place MK Dons this evening (kick-off: 7.45pm).

Saturday's home fixture against Doncaster Rovers saw the Robins score four goals without reply to move the team up to 14th in the table.

Tonight's visit to Stadium MK is a different proposition to the two recent matches against Crewe Alexandra and Doncaster with the Dons targeting promotion to the Championship and in red hot form.

The team will head to Buckinghamshire though hopeful of pulling off a surprise result and aiming to look up towards the top half of the table if they can do so.

Team news

Certain players are making progress in their return from injury but it is very likely to be the same group that travel this evening.

Ellis Chapman (pictured) has started full training, while George Lloyd has also stepped up his return.

Conor Thomas and Charlie Brown are still a little while off, with Dan Nlundulu still back at Southampton receiving treatment.

Media talk

Michael Duff is under no illusions as to the task that faces his side this evening.

"They are top of the form charts and I think they've taken 23 points out of the last 27 available," he said to the media on Monday.

"We know what it's going to be. It's going to be a very tough game. They were very good when we played them at home."

Defender Charlie Raglan is hoping to use similar experiences away from home of late to help in tonight's contest.

"We know how they play. They've got a very distinct style," he said to the press.

"We only have to look at our last away game we went up against a similar team in terms of the system, the stadium, certain sort of calibre of player, so we've got nothing to fear in that way."

MK Dons boss Liam Manning has meanwhile been speaking ahead of the match. He said in his press conference on Monday: “It’s going to be a really tough game. We had an extremely difficult game down at their place really early on in the season and we expect that again.

“If look at their last 12 games, while there haven’t been many wins they have had some really big points against some really difficult sides."


Nine unbeaten in League One, of which seven of those games ended in victories, makes MK Dons the in form team in the third tier ahead of tonight's clash.

In that run they've defeated the likes of Charlton Athletic, Bolton Wanderers, Sunderland and Wycombe Wanderers, while their most recent win came on the weekend when they travelled to top of the table Rotherham United and sealed a 2-1 win despite being down to ten men for much of the afternoon at the AESSEAL New York Stadium.

Former Robins striker Mo Eisa has been in good form for them recently and he lines up in an attacking set-up that also includes the likes of ex-Swindon Town man Scott Twine and Republic of Ireland international Troy Parrott, who is on loan from Tottenham Hotspur.

Hiram Boateng, ex-Chelsea man Josh McEachran, West Ham loanee Conor Coventry and academy product David Kasumu are just some of the men they can rely on in their midfield department, with defensive solidity provided by the likes of former Cambridge man Harry Darling and long-serving captain Dean Lewington who has played over 700 times for them.

The manager: Liam Manning

Appointed in August at the start of the season, Liam Manning is a 36-year-old who has garnered a reputation for his possession based style of football.

He moved to MK Dons from Belgium where he had been in charge at Lommel S.K. who are part of the City Football Group that owns Manchester City. He'd also previously worked for the organisation when he served as Director of Coaching at New York City in the USA.

His coaching career started at Ipswich Town, where he had been a junior player before going onto play non-league football in the east of England, while he also worked at West Ham United where he served as under-23s manager.

Last meeting

It was back in early September when the teams first met in League One this season and a late goal saw the teams settle for a point each.

Kyle Joseph gave Cheltenham the lead after 14 minutes when his low drive from outside the area found the net.

Scott Flinders made some good saves to try and deny the away side from levelling, but he couldn't prevent Hiram Boateng from equalising on 87 minutes.

Tickets & travel

Fans can buy on the night at MK Dons if you haven't purchased in advance. Prices are £22 for adults, £17 for seniors above the age of 65, £7 for under-18s and under-12s can attend for free with a paying adult.

Robins supporters who have bought online but not picked up their tickets from Cheltenham will be able to do so from the away booth at gate 3 this evening.

If you've booked onto the Travel Club coach it leaves from the Jonny-Rocks Stadium at 4pm.

You can book parking at the stadium online. Please note that Stadium MK is a cashless venue.


Watch: Buy an iFollow match pass and watch the game for £10 online

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Website: You can read a match report after the game on the club website and see reaction to the game

Listen: Purchase an audio match pass on iFollow - available for £2.50

Highlights: Watch extended highlights on iFollow. Shorter highlights will be available on YouTube and Sky Sports

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