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The Opposition - MK Dons

We take an in-depth look at Paul Tisdale's side.

20 August 2018

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Paul Tisdale

Grimsby Town travel to Stadium MK for their second away fixture of the Sky Bet League Two 2018-19 season as they face MK Dons tomorrow (7.45pm).

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Ticket news for MK Dons vs Grimsby Town on 21 Aug 18

20 August 2018

Michael Jolley will be hoping for a similar performance to Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Lincoln City, while Paul Tisdale’s side will be looking to continue their unbeaten start in the league.

The Dons will be looking to return to League One at the first time of asking, following last season’s relegation from English football’s third tier, and they have started the 2018-19 campaign encouragingly.

They started the season with two-straight League Two wins over Oldham and Bury before beating League One side Charlton Athletic 3-0 to knock the Addicks out of the first round of the Carabao Cup.

And they continued their unbeaten run with a 0-0 draw at Crewe Alexandra last weekend, but experienced defender Mathieu Baudry was sent off for the Dons, and will miss their clash with the Mariners tomorrow.

Transfer activity

There has been plenty of movement at Stadium MK, with Tisdale bringing in 10 new additions to strengthen his side ahead of a promotion push in 2018-19.

Their key summer signings are arguably 24-year-old centre-half Jordan Moore-Taylor, who followed manager Tisdale from previous club Exeter City this summer, and 30-year-old defender Mathieu Baudry who joined after a two-year spell with Doncaster Rovers.

The Dons also made investments for the future as they brought in 24-year-old left-back Mitch Hancox from Macclesfield Town, 22-year-old central-midfielder Jordan Houghton from Premier League outfit Chelsea, and 22-year-old defender Baily Cargill from Bournemouth.

Other notable signings include 33-year-old forwards Ryan Harley and Robbie Simpson, who also joined Tisdale and Moore-Taylor in the switch from St James Park, and 25-year-old Barnet midfielder Ryan Watson.

But the Dons lost 26-year-old centre-back Scott Wootton to League One side Plymouth Argyle, and 28-year-old centre-midfielder Ed Upson to Bristol Rovers.

And the Dons also released ex-Premier League midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker, after the 34-year-old ex-Aston Villa and West Ham player signed a short-term deal at Stadium MK at the end of last season.

Ones to watch

The Dons have plenty of talent and strength in depth in their squad, with more than 30 players in their ranks, and Tisdale will be hoping that can benefit his side as they aim to immediately return to League One.

Centre-forward Kieran Agard will arguably be the Dons’ most dangerous threat to Town tomorrow, as the striker will likely play in the middle of a front-three.

The 28-year-old converted a penalty in the Dons’ opening-day 2-1 win over Oldham, and he will be hoping to get back on the scoresheet against Town tomorrow.

The 5ft10ins nippy striker has found the net 23 times in 98 appearances for the Dons, including eight goals last season, and he will be hoping to add to his tally tomorrow.

Skilful midfielder Alex Gilbey is an all-rounder in the centre of the park, who likes to get involved in creating play and making things happen for his side, but also doesn’t shirk a challenge.

The 23-year-old, who signed from Wigan Athletic last summer, scored three goals in 28 appearances for the Dons in an injury-hit campaign last term, and will be hoping for more game-time and goals this season.

Highly-rated defender Jordan Moore-Taylor could prove a difficult nut to crack for the Mariners attackers tomorrow as Town look to find the net against a side who have only conceded twice in the league this season.

The 24-year-old came through Exeter City’s youth ranks and scored eight goals in 160 league appearances for the Grecians between 2012 and 2018 before moving to the Dons this summer.

It will make for an interesting match as the Mariners clash with MK Dons for the first time in over a decade tomorrow night, and Town will be looking to kick-on from the excellent performance in Saturday’s draw with Lincoln.

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Match Report: MK Dons 1-1 Grimsby Town

Town earn a point at Stadium MK

21 August 2018

Grimsby Town shared the points with MK Dons as they earned a draw at Stadium MK.

The Mariners produced an excellent performance in the first half and went in at the interval with a deserved advantage thanks to Jordan Cook's goal.

Their lead was cancelled out by substitute Robbie Simpson within 30 seconds of the restart but they stuck to their task and defended well to ensure they returned home with a point, despite losing Paul Dixon to a straight red card.

One change was made to the Town side as Dixon came in for Danny Collins, who broke his arm during Saturday's draw with Lincoln City.

James McKeown started in goal, with Harry Davis, Alex Whitmore, Akin Famewo and Dixon forming the defence.

Harry Clifton, John Welsh and Jake Hessenthaler were the central midfielders, with Martyn Woolford on the right and JJ Hooper on the left lining up either side of striker Cook.

The subs were Louis Robles, Charles Vernam, Max Wright, Ahkeem Rose, Luke Hendrie, Wes Thomas and Sam Russell.

The Dons were looking to continue an impressive start to the season which had seen them concede just one goal in four games so far in all competitions.

Town started well, forcing the first corner when Hessenthaler's long-range shot was tipped behind by home keeper Lee Nicholls.

Woolford made his way into the penalty area on 10 minutes before going down under a challenge, although the referee took no action.

A chance for the hosts came three minutes later, with Alex Gilbey running through the middle but shooting wide of the target.

Woolford was involved again at the end of a Grimsby attack on 15 minutes, seeing a volley from inside the box blocked just in front of the line.

A home corner from Dean Lewington then led to George Williams heading over the bar.

Cook won a corner for the Mariners five minutes later but Welsh's shot was blocked after Hessenthaler's low delivery to the edge of the box.

A close-range effort from Cook was kept out by Nicholls at one end, before a corner at the other end was dealt with after Callum Brittain's shot had been deflected behind.

Woolford won a free kick just after the half-hour and after the ball was played into the centre, he was the one to eventually shoot off-target.

Famewo then did well to show his pace and win a goal kick after a ball had been played through.

The first goal came on 35 minutes and it was the Mariners who took the lead.  The ball was played to Woolford on the right and after his shot was saved by Nicholls, COOK was in the right place to convert the rebound.

The home side looked to respond and McKeown was called into action on 41 minutes to push a deflected shot from Brittain away from his goal.

One added minute was played at the end of the half and the hosts forced a corner, although Lewington's delivery was headed clear to ensure Town kept their advantage at the interval.

A double substitution was made by the Dons before the restart, with Simpson and Baily Cargill coming on for Gilbey and Ryan Watson.

And the changes had an immediate impact as within 30 seconds, the hosts were level, when SIMPSON got in between two defenders to meet a cross from Williams and head past McKeown.

The substitute could have had a second goal on 49 minutes after getting in behind Famewo but his shot was well saved by the Town keeper, at the expense of a corner.

Another corner came when Welsh blocked a shot from Ousseynou Cisse and from it, Simpson won the ball in the air and headed it across the face of goal, with McKeown eventually gathering after it was played back in.

Town had an opportunity to create some danger of their own with a free kick which was taken by Hessenthaler, although Whitmore's header went over the bar for a goal kick.

Grimsby's first substitution came on 58 minutes and saw Vernam replace Hooper and the forwards first involvement saw him find Woolford, who could only run the ball out for a goal kick.

Kieran Agard fired over the bar as the home side continued to create the better chances, before Cargill was shown the first yellow card of the game for a foul on Clifton.

Whitmore followed him into the referee's notebook on 70 minutes for a foul on Agard.

A home corner soon afterwards was headed clear by Davis, before Brittain's looping cross was headed over the bar.

Hendrie came on for his Town debut in place of Clifton, before Vernam dragged a shot wide of the near post after good play by Dixon.

Thomas replaced Cook in Grimsby's final substitution, then Hessenthaler had a shooting opportunity but sent the ball wide.

Simpson headed wide at the other end after Famewo did enough to put him off as a cross came over from Joe Walsh.

Town were reduced to 10 men for the final eight minutes of the game as a strong challenge by Dixon on Jordan Moore-Taylor just inside his own half was punished with a straight red card.

Cisse headed over the bar from a corner with four minutes to go, then McKeown produced a great save following another corner, which led to a goalmouth scramble before the pressure was eventually relieved as the ball went past the post.

Four added minutes was signalled to be played and another home corner came when Whitmore did well to block a shot from Moore-Taylor.  The ball from the flag was half-cleared and when it was sent back into the box, it was headed wide by Williams.

McKeown was shown a yellow card for time-wasting as the 10 men of the Mariners attempted to hold on for a point.

Famewo was also booked in the last of the added minutes after a high challenge but Lewington's free kick was headed clear.

That proved to be the last chance for either side to force a winner, with Town managing to secure a deserved draw.

The Mariners are next in action on Saturday, when they travel to Newport County.


Welsh (C)


A. Rose

Attendance: 6800 (610)

Referee: Peter Wright

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Travelling To MK Dons? Read This Before You Do

Read this before you travel on Tuesday.

20 August 2018

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MK Dons Vs. Grimsby Town - Tuesday 21st August, kick-off 7.45pm.

Stadium: Stadium MK, Stadium Way West, Denbigh, Milton Keynes, MK1 1ST
Telephone: 01908 622 922
Ticket Office: 0333 200 5343
Club Colours: Red and White
Nickname: The Dons

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Tickets are available to buy in advance from the Blundell Park ticket office and from our online ticket office.

Town fans will be housed in the North Stand Lower tier behind the goal.

Tickets are priced as follows:

Adults - ÂŁ22

Seniors (65+) - ÂŁ17

Under 18 - ÂŁ7

No price increase on the night.

Where to Eat & Drink

Stadium MK offers the usual supporters fayre. Alcohol will be  served inside the ground until 10 minutes before kick-off and then at half-time.

If you are looking for somewhere to eat, there is a choice of Nando's, Frankie & Benny's, TGI Friday's and Pizza Express at the local retail park.

There are no drinking establishments that allow away fans within walking distance of the stadium.

Fans’ best bet is to try the Inn on the Lake, Bond Avenue, Bletchley, Milton Keynes MK1 1PA

How to get there

Stadium:MK is situated at Denbigh North, just off the A5, south of Central Milton Keynes and just north of Bletchley.

Official Club Route (this is signposted from Junction 14 of the M1):

Leave the M1 at Junction 15 and take the A508 towards Milton Keynes and keep going until you reach the A5 roundabout. Take the first exit onto the A5 (direction London). Turn off at the third junction (signposted A421), take the fourth exit at the roundabout onto the V6 Grafton Street (towards Bletchley) and the ground is on the left. Or if you prefer more motorway driving, then continue South on the M1 to Junction 14:

From Junction 14 take the A509 towards Milton Keynes. take the A509 towards and into Milton Keynes. After the big motorway roundabout, turn right at the next roundabout (still A509, also called H5 Portway), then keep going straight on until you reach the A5 roundabout. Turn left onto the A5 (towards London). Turn off at the first junction (signposted A421), take the fourth exit at the roundabout onto the V6 Grafton Street (towards Bletchley) and the ground is on the left.

Limited car parking is available on the Stadium MK site at a price of £7. Spaces can be pre-booked - click HERE to book for Saturday’s game.

Matchday spaces for Blue Badge holders are limited and should be pre-booked by visiting the Box Office, calling 01908 622901 or emailing The Club cannot guarantee an on-site parking space for Blue Badge holders who have not pre-booked.

Car parking is also available at Castle House on Dawson Road at a price of ÂŁ5. Supporters should be aware that this car park is not officially run by the club.

By train

Bletchley station is approximately a 30-minute walk from the stadium. The stadium is sign posted from the station.

Milton Keynes Central is a 45-60 minute walk.

Fenny Stratford is served by London Midland trains to/from Bletchley and all stations to/from Bedford. The station is approximately a 20 minute walk from the stadium. The stadium is sign posted from the station. (For evening matches alternative arrangements are needed due to the times of the last trains).

Celebrity Watch:

Olympic athlete Kriss Akabusi hails from these parts, while cricketer and dancer Darren Gough and Jazz great Cleo Laine live in these parts.

Actor, Kevin Whatley (Lewis) also lives locally.

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