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Preview: MK Dons (A)

Notts look to get back on the winning trail

23 October 2018

Notts travel to MK Dons on Tuesday night looking to bounce back from defeat on Saturday.

The 4-0 loss to Bury brought an end to Notts’ five-game unbeaten run in Sky Bet League Two but there’s not long to wait for a chance to correct things.

Tuesday’s hosts have won their last four matches, last losing to Lincoln on 22 September, and moved into the automatic promotion places with a win against Northampton Town at the weekend.

The Dons were pre-season favourites for the League Two title and are unbeaten at home all season, so are likely to provide a stern test.

Harry Kewell says…

“It’s always good to go straight into another game and to focus on the future because we can’t change what happened on Saturday.

“We’ve got a big challenge on Tuesday night and it’s nice to be presented with it because we want to be the team to knock them off their peg.

“We know it will be a tough game, though. MK Dons have an excellent manager, some quality players and are well organised and comfortable on the ball.

“We’re going to go there and play our style of football, which should make it an interesting and exciting match.”

Team news

Kewell says he has no fresh injury concerns after the weekend but is still missing Rob Milsom who serves the final game of his suspension.

The Australian was pleased with the impact David Vaughan and Kristian Dennis made from the bench on Saturday and has admitted he has food for thought when it comes to his selection.

Tisdale didn’t reveal any fresh injury concerns for his side when he last spoke to the media, following Saturday’s win over Northampton Town. 

Kieran Agard has scored in each of his last three starts for the Dons and is likely to lead the line on Tuesday.

We’ve met before

Notts have won just one of the 14 games between the two sides, taking the points in December 2010 – the first League One meeting between them.

Late goals from Tom Ince and Lee Hughes secured victory in the fifth ever clash with the Dons.

Notts have never won at Stadium MK – the last visit ending with a 4-1 defeat in March 2015.

The evening’s officials

Referee: Michael Salisbury

Assistants: Joe Clark and George Byrne

Fourth official: Christopher O'Donnell

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MK Dons 2-1 Notts

Magpies left aggrieved by Turley red

23 October 2018

Ten-man Notts County were left to rue a controversial refereeing decision as they suffered defeat at Stadium MK.

The Magpies were 1-0 up and cruising thanks to Lewis Alessandra's first-half strike.

But referee Michael Salisbury's questionable decision to award a penalty against Jamie Turley, who was also sent off for the alleged offence, turned the game on its head as Chuks Aneke dispatched the resultant spot-kick before Rhys Healey fired his side ahead.

Notts pressed until the end but, cruelly, one of their best performances of the season went unrewarded.

Harry Kewell made one change to the side that suffered defeat at Bury on Saturday, David Vaughan returning to the starting line-up in place of the bench-bound Nathan Thomas.

That decision saw Notts line up in a 4-5-1 formation, spearheaded by skipper Jon Stead and flanked by Kane Hemmings (left) and Enzio Boldewijn (right).

Vaughan, Alessandra and Elliott Hewitt packed central midfield.

Ross Fitzsimons kept his place between the sticks and had to deny Aneke early on before Alex Gilbey entered the book for a late challenge on Elliott Hewitt and Healey fired over on the counter-attack.

But it was Notts who should have had the lead when, on 14 minutes, Stead played an inch-perfect through ball for Enzio Boldewijn, who went through one-on-one with goalkeeper Lee Nicholls. The angle may have been tight, but the Dutchman will have been disappointed to find the keeper's legs with his low finish.

The Magpies' frustration was short-lived, however, as minutes later they had the lead when Alessandra's 24-yard effort took a deflection on its way into Nicholls' bottom corner.

Aneke fired over and Healey had an effort blocked by Hewitt as the hosts looked to restore parity.

But Notts were looking the better side - and Alessandra nearly had a second on 34 minutes when his effort following a short corner was pushed out of his top corner by Nicholls.

Vaughan sent an effort over from distance and Hemmings, earlier booked for a cynical pull-back, had an effort blocked as Kewell's men continued to dominate with the half-time whistle looming.

But they also had to remain alert at the other end as central defenders Elliott Ward and Turley produced a number of excellent blocks and headers to ensure the hosts were unable to muster anything too troubling before the opening period was up.

Notts did indeed return to the dressing room with their clean sheet intact but not before Ward and Cedric Evina both saw yellow.

Dons boss Paul Tisdale felt compelled to change things at half-time, replacing in-form forward Kieran Agard with Callum Brittain at the break.

But it did little to halt Notts' flow as Stead came within inches of latching on to Hemmings' low cross after the wide man had made progress down the left.

And, moments later, Alessandra should have doubled his - and Notts' - tally when Nicholls' mishit clearance presented the ball at his feet just outside the 'D'. The midfielder tried to lob the stranded keeper but didn't get sufficient height on the ball, dinking it straight into Nicholls' grateful grasp.

Hewitt saw an effort diverted wide and Alessandra's fierce, low effort from range drew a this-time much tougher save from Nicholls as Notts looked for the second goal their performance so richly deserved.

But they were left to rue their missed opportunities as, just before the hour, Turley was very harshly penalised for an apparent trip on Healey in the area. The referee adjudged the defender to have made no genuine attempt to win the ball and dealt him a straight red card.

Aneke made no mistake from the spot to bring the hosts level.

Loanee centre-back Keston Davies, making his Notts debut, replaced Vaughan shortly afterwards as Kewell switched to a 4-4-1.

But the game was turned on its head moments later when the hosts worked the ball to Healey from a short corner. The forward somehow found the roof of the net with a shot from what looked like an impossibly tight angle.

Boldewijn bent an effort inches off-target before Thomas replaced Hemmings down the left.

And the winger made a good impact, winning two free-kicks in quick succession. The latter saw the ball rolled to Hewitt, whose well-struck effort had the sting taken out of it by a defender.

Aneke thought he had a third but his push on Matt Tootle before he headed the ball home was spotted by the referee and a free-kick was awarded instead.

Ward then improvised well before sending a left-footed effort over shortly before five minutes were added on at the end of the match.

Veteran full-back Dean Lewington sent an effort over and the hosts kept the ball in the corner as the additional minutes ticked away.

And there was to be no comeback from Kewell's men on an incredibly frustrating night to be a Magpie.

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Ticket News

Tickets and travel: MK Dons (A)

23 October 2018

Tickets are on sale for Notts County’s Sky Bet League Two trip to MK Dons on Tuesday 23 October (7.45pm).

Supporters will be able to buy on the day from the cash-only away booth at Stadium MK at the same price as advanced sales.

Notts strongly recommend supporters buy in advance from Meadow Lane, however, to avoid matchday queues. Those wishing to do so have until 1pm on Tuesday 23 October.

The Magpies have been allocated 300 reserved, covered seat tickets located behind the goal.

Prices 

Adult: £22

65 and over: £17

Under 18: £7

Tickets for this fixture can be purchased by calling 0115 955 7210 or visiting the ticket office/club shop.

It is essential supporters provide their customer number/postcode when purchasing away tickets.

Disabled supporters

In line with MK Dons' policy, tickets for supporters with a disability and their personal assistants are available to those on any level of PIPS or DLA from the DWP.

Ambulant and wheelchair disabled supporters should obtain tickets in advance from Notts. They are priced at the appropriate age-related rate for the disabled supporter with a personal assistant ticket issued free of charge.

Official away travel

Official away travel will depart from near the club shop on Meadow Lane at 4.30pm.

General adult/senior: £20

General under 18: £12

Season ticket holders/Lifeline members/NCFCOSA members: £19

Season ticket holder under 18: £11

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