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PREVIEW: MK DONS V TOWN

11 December 2015

Jonas wants to see Town 'impose' themselves as the Blues look to get back to winning ways at Stadium:MK

Jonas Knudsen feels that Town need to impose themselves on Saturday’s opponents MK Dons, if they are to come out of the game with all three points.

The Danish international noted that he is aware of the style of football that the Dons play, but believes if the Blues focus on their own game, there’s no reason why they shouldn’t pick up the victory.

“They are a good team and they like to play around with the ball a little bit,” he told Ipswich Player HD.

“It will be a tough game but if we play our style and do as we have done in our previous matches then we’ll have a good chance to take the points.


“We need these points because we can’t fall much further behind the top six than we are now if we want to reach the Play-Offs.

“We’ve had some good training sessions this week and we’re looking forward to Saturday. We obviously lost to Middlesbrough, but before that we had a good run with a lot of wins, so we’re looking to get back to winning on Saturday.”

The game will be shown live on Sky Sports, with live commentary available on Ipswich Player HD. Our official social media channels will also provide behind-the-scenes content from Stadium:MK


Team news

Town

David McGoldrick is fit to play again tomorrow having shaken off an injury which kept him out of three matches, before making his return in the closing minutes in last week’s defeat by Middlesbrough. Teddy Bishop is back in training with a view to return to action very soon, with Ryan Fraser also set to return to Portman Road, but Tommy Oar, Kevin Bru and Larsen Toure all remain sidelined.


MK Dons

Dons manager, Karl Robinson has no real injury concerns ahead of this weekend’s game and is likely to field a similar side to the one that was beaten by Brentford last weekend.

Where They Stand

Town – 9th
Mk Dons – 20th

Last Time They Met

These sides last faced off in 2007 as the Dons knocked Town out of the League Cup on penalties, after the match had finished 3-3 after extra time. Saturday’s hosts, who were then managed by Paul Ince, raced into an early two-goal lead through Leon Knight and an own goal from Alex Bruce, before an Alan Lee penalty, followed up by an own goal levelled the tie in the second half. Town looked to be going into the hat for the next round when they took the lead early in extra time through Owen Garvan’s header, but a penalty in the 120th minute from Kevin Gallen took the tie to a shoot-out, which the Dons won 5-3.

 


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Key Players

Daryl Murphy

November’s Player of the Month looks to be back to his best now following a difficult start to this campaign and having scored five times in his last two away games, his form could be crucial to picking up the three points this weekend.


Dean Bowditch

The former Town striker is the Dons’ top scorer in the league this season having scored three goals so far. Bowditch spent seven years at Portman Road, making over 70 appearances in the process before leaving to join Yeovil in 2009. He hasn’t been a mainstay in Karl Robinson’s side this season, although he has started 12 of their 19 league matches. He does still, however, remain a potent goal threat for Saturday’s opponents.

Sky Bet Odds

Town are unbeaten in their last three away games, and their price to win on Saturday afternoon reflects that, as they currently sit at 6/5 to win the match in 90 minutes. An MK Dons win and a draw are both the same price at 23/10.

Match Officials

Referee: Andrew Madley
Assistants: Darren Blunden & Matthew Jones
Fourth Official: Gavin Ward



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