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Match Preview: Macclesfield Town v MK Dons

9 March 2019

Macclesfield Town return to the Moss Rose this afternoon, as we contest the first of two home games over the course of the next seventy-two hours.

Sol Campbell's side will be hoping to return to winning ways against a Dons side who are fighting for promotion to League One and we are going to need each and every one of our loyal supporters right behind us this afternoon, as we continue on our quest for EFL safety.

Speaking before the game, the Manager called for us all to show the character and mental strength which is needed to write another odds-defying page of our history and you can hear Sol's thoughts in full here -

The former Arsenal and England defender will largely have a full squad at his disposal this afternoon, with Jamie Grimes (concussion) and Rhys Taylor (hip) the only absentees.

Our visitors currently reside in fourth position in the Sky Bet League Two table, having accumulated 62 points from their 35 games played.

They come into the contest having won their last four games and also boast the division's two leading goalscorers in Kieran Agard and Chuks Aneke.

Away from the impressive Stadium MK, The Dons have completed seventeen fixtures - winning six, drawing five and losing six of these.

Paul Tisdale's side have claimed maximum points in their last two away matches at Newport and most recently at Carlisle United, yet prior to this they suffered a six game streak without a win.

Speaking ahead of the game, the Dons Manager stated -

“The cliché in football is ‘concentrate on the next game’ and it’s a cliché because it’s true. 

"Regardless of how we’ve played in the last four games, it’s about the points we’ve got at stake on Saturday."

“The margins are so fine and the danger is we become complacent.”

“Every game, the pressure will mount, the stakes get higher and we have to be ready.”

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Match Reports

Match Report: Macclesfield Town 1 - 3 MK Dons

9 March 2019

Despite Nathan Cameron’s second goal in his last three games, two second half strikes for promotion hunters Milton Keynes Dons ensured they would leave Moss Rose with all the spoils.

The Silkmen skipper opened the deadlock after 19 minutes, bundling home under the crossbar following a free-kick.

David Wheeler then equalised for MK from a set-piece routine of their own, glancing in at the front post moments before the interval.

Callum Brittain fired MK ahead almost 10 minutes into the second half, scoring on the rebound after a smart Kieran O’Hara save. Kieran Agard then wrapped up the points later on.

Sol Campbell made nine changes to the side that lost at Bury last week, Stelios Demetriou, Botti Biabi and Liandro Martis all starting for the Silkmen for the first time.

However, Macc were quiet in the opening phases of this fixture, as the Dons retained the possession but failed to muster any chances. 

Zak Jules had the Silkmen’s first shot, but his header drifted wide, before the Dons squandered a better chance up the other end – James Pearson brilliantly blocking Alex Gilbey’s goal-bound drive.

It was not long before Cameron put the Silkmen ahead, nodding home from close-range. Agard looked for an immediate reply, but O’Hara made an easy save. 

Macc had the chance to extend their lead before the break, firstly when Pearson struck the crossbar with an ambitious effort from the right, before Elliott Durrell collected the ball at the back post and shot straight at Stuart Moore who had to quickly scramble across his goal line.

Yet, Wheeler killed any momentum before the break with his late header.

Half-time: Macclesfield Town 1-1 Milton Keynes Dons

MK came out the brighter, but Agard missed a huge chance for the visitors by dragging wide from 8-yards. Brittain then made amends, making it 2-1 five minutes later.

Agard again missed a golden opportunity to make it three when the ball dropped to him in the 6-yard box, but O’Hara stood strong to make the save. 

The 22-year-old was then forced into two more fantastic saves to keep Macc in the game, denying Wheeler with a diving parry and then with his foot from close range.

Substitute Harry Smith collected fellow-replacement Reece Cole’s long ball, but could only volley wide, before his provider in that instance whipped a free-kick agonisingly over the bar.

Although, just when Macc looked to be building some momentum, Agard headed home a rebound following another O’Hara save, this time from Hesketh’s drive.

Ben Stephens had a chance to give the Silkmen a lifeline after Callum Evans found him lurking at the back post, but his diving header missed the target.

The Silkmen will be disappointed to have come away with nothing, but it was far from a poor showing from the men in blue. High flyers MK were the better side on the day.

Full-time: Macclesfield Town 1-3 Milton Keynes Dons

Macclesfield Town: O’Hara, Durrell, Lloyd, Stephens, Evans, Pearson, Cameron, Demetriou, Jules, Biabi (Smith 59’), Martis (Cole 65’).

Unused subs: Kelleher, Welch-Hayes, Vincenti, Idem, Mullings.

Milton Keynes Dons: Moore, Lewington, Walsh, Cisse (Houghton 46’), Gilbey, Aneke (Hesketh 73’), Agard, Martin, McGrandles, Wheeler, Brittain.

Unused subs: Nicholls, Watson, Simpson, Harley, Walker.

By Matt Bates

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