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Match Preview: MK Dons v Macclesfield Town

16 November 2018

Macclesfield Town return to action in the Sky Bet League Two tomorrow, as we travel to Stadium MK to take on the high-flying MK Dons.

The Silkmen head into Saturday’s clash after defeating West Bromich Albion’s U23 side in midweek, a result that saw the team secure passage to the next round of the Checkatrade Trophy.

Here are Neil Howarth's thoughts ahead of the game -

 

As for injury concerns, Jordan Ponticelli is the only player unavailable for selection, whilst Ryan Lloyd is hoping to recover in time after missing out on Tuesday’s win.

We hope to see many of you there and look forward to hearing you all cheer on the team as you have done so magnificently this season.

Our hosts go into the contest on the back of a defeat to Brighton’s U23 side in midweek, a result that saw them bow out of the Checkatrade Trophy.

However, they have been in excellent form in the league this season, losing just one game, seeing them sit in second place in the Sky Bet League Two on 34 points.

The Dons are unbeaten at home in the league this season, winning their last three home league ties at Stadium MK.

Opposition manager Paul Tisdale had this to say ahead of tomorrow’s encounter:

“We have to be respectful of every team, and we also have to realise that the margins are so fine between winning two or three games or losing two or three games.

“We must not forget that the opposition are professional people, they have mortgages to pay and contracts to earn and their own pride and careers to look after.

“What if this Saturday is the best performance they have put in this season so far? That’s how we have to think about it.

“We have to respect our opponent. The next ten minutes might be the best ten minutes they have got, so we have to be ready for it.”

MK Dons manager Paul Tisdale

Tickets can be bought via the MK Dons online service or by calling 0333 200 5343.

Tickets for away fans are priced as follows:

£22 for adults

£17 for seniors

£7 for under 18’s

Disabled tickets (including wheelchair spaces) are age applicable and are entitled to a free carer, contact the box office direct on 0333 200 5343 to book.

You can find our complete history for our trips to Milton Keynes and a round-up of those who have played for both teams by clicking on the relevant links.

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Match Report: MK Dons 2-0 Macclesfield Town

17 November 2018

Goals from Chuks Aneke and Kieran Agard proved to be the difference as Macclesfield Town suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of MK Dons.

The Silkmen produced an impressive first-half performance and were left to rue several missed chances as the home side displayed their goal-scoring capabilities.

Nathan Cameron also gave an imposing debut and will certainly prove to be an invaluable addition as the season progresses.

Macclesfield asserted themselves straight from the first whistle and looked to attack their opponents with pace and width. Elliot Durrell collected a Fiacre Kelleher clearance on the edge of his own area and jerked his way out of danger to generate a Macclesfield counter. The winger fed Ben Stephens out left and the striker held the ball up well before pulling it back to Durrell, but his strike was deflected over.

The opening 20 minutes produced a fairly even match-up between both sides, with the Silkmen looking compact and organised but also looking dangerous when operating in the final third.

Stephens found a good opportunity go begging 26 minutes in when he intercepted a George Williams pass deep in opposition territory, but his long-range effort was saved by Lee Nicholls.

The Dons, who knew they could go top of the league with a win, countered immediately and they thought they had taken the lead from the resulting attack when Agard slotted past Kieran O’Hara, however the official on the far side had his flag up for offside.

Stephens, with three goals in his last three games, had a gilt-edged chance on the half hour mark as he headed Ryan Lloyd’s cross straight at Nicholls from five-yards out. On reflection, the striker acknowledged he could have done better, especially in his recent scintillating form.

The Silkmen’s resilience shone through again on the 39th minute. With the home side enjoying a positive spell of pressure, Kelleher and O’Hara put their bodies on the line to ultimately win a free-kick and rule out Agard’s header.

Both teams made a more electric start to proceedings in the second-half, and some patient build-up play from the Silkmen produced a superb chance. Whitaker fed David Fitzpatrick down the left, who held it up well to tee off Lloyd and his low cross was poked at goal by Whitaker, although Nicholls was able to save it comfortably.

However, the Dons made the breakthrough on the 52nd minute when Aneke cut inside onto his left foot and curled his effort into the right-hand corner.

Paul Tisdale’s side had their tails up in the aftermath of the goal, and Macclesfield done well to weather the storm with Kelleher and Cameron making vital interventions in the penalty area.

The game was approaching the hour mark when Michael Rose nearly produced a moment of excellence from 30 yards out. The midfielder collected the ball from James Pearson before swiftly moving inside and unleashing a left-footed strike that whizzed just past the far post.

Five minutes later, the home side had doubled their advantage. Agard held his run to beat Macc’s offside trap and latch onto Alex Gilbey’s lofted pass, and the striker done well to control before finishing past O’Hara.

With the Silkmen looking for a route back into the game, Koby Arthur looped a cross over to Smith at the back post, but his header across the face of goal fell just a few inches too far in front of the on-rushing Whitaker.

Macc continued to ask questions of their opposition, with Arthur dragging his shot wide from the edge of the area before Lloyd fired wide.

Two of the league’s most in-form strikers proved to be the vital difference and Neil Howarth’s team can take solace from their performance for the majority of the game. They will not come up against many better sides this season, and attentions must now be focused towards a crucial home game against Yeovil Town next Saturday.

 

Macclesfield Team: O’Hara, Hodgkiss (Pearson, 34), Kelleher, Cameron, Fitzpatrick ©, Durrell (Arthur, 69), Rose, Whitaker, Lloyd, Stephens (Maycock, 74), Smith

 

Unused substitutes: Taylor, Grimes, Blissett, Vincenti,

 

MK Dons team: Nicholls, Williams, Brittain, Cargill, Lewington ©, Healey (Simpson, 88), Gilbey, Houghton, Moore-Taylor, Aneke (Asonganyi, 70), Agard (D’Ath, 66)

Unused substitutes: Moore, Watson, Hancox, McGrandles,

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Ticket News

MK Dons Ticket News

15 November 2018

Ahead of Saturday's trip to Milton Keynes Dons on Saturday, we are pleased to unveil ticket news for the trip.

You can buy your tickets via MK Dons online service

This will be the easiest way to purchase tickets and they can be left at the away end (Gate 3) if collection is selected.

Alternatively you could call 0333 200 5343 to book your tickets - with the prices below.

These also remain in operation on match day -

Adult - £22
Senior - £17
Under 18 - £7

Disabled tickets (including wheelchair spaces) are age applicable and are entitled to a free carer, contact the box office direct on 0333 200 5343 to book.

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