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PREVIEW: MK Dons v Coventry City

29 November 2013

Read our full match preview ahead of the match with the MK Dons...

Venue: stadium:MK
Kick-off: 3pm
Date: Saturday, November 30th
Competition: SkyBet League One

Coventry will travel to the MK Dons looking to bounce back after losing for two matches in four days.

The Sky Blues’ suffered a 3-0 defeat to Rotherham United, in what was their third home defeat of their season.

Goals from Nouha Dicko, Alex Revell and Kieran Agard from the penalty spot ensured the Millers’ unbeaten run extended to five games.

City have been boosted this week by three loan signings made on loan transfer deadline day.

Barnsley striker Chris Dagnall, Sheffield Wednesday winger Chris Maguire and Yeovil Town defender Dan Seabourne all come into contention for the game against MK Dons.

Since rebranding themselves in 2004, the Buckinghamshire side have seen varying degrees of success.

Despite winning the League Two championship and the Football League trophy in 2008, they are more accustomed to heartbreak, losing out in the play-offs on no more than four occasions.

The Dons’ are again targeting promotion to the Championship. Karl Robinson utilised the loan market in the summer, bringing in the likes of Patrick Bamford and Samir Carruthers from Premier League clubs Chelsea and Aston Villa respectively to mount a serious challenge.

The season started off well, going unbeaten in their first seven league games, before losing 2-1 to Peterborough United. 

However the Dons’ have been struggling as of late, gaining only six out of a possible 24 points, and find themselves in 11th place, six points off the top six.

Like Coventry, the Dons’ have lost their last two matches.

The Gaffer

A man who looks to have a bright future ahead of him, Karl Robinson is fast gaining a reputation as one of the Football League’s brightest young managers.

Born in Liverpool, 33 year-old Robinson played non-league football for the majority of his career, before getting his first coaching role at Blackburn Rovers, under Paul Ince.

He followed Ince to MK Dons, and when Ince was sacked in 2010, Robinson succeeded him, and became the youngest manager in the Football League at 29.

Robinson has steered the Dons to the League One play-offs twice since taking charge, losing in the semi-finals both times. He boasts an impressive 45% win percentage, winning 86 of his 189 games in charge.

Last season was the first time that the two teams have met. Coventry remain unbeaten, drawing their home fixture 1-1 before winning away at Stadium:MK 3-2, backed by a sell-out away following.

Previous Fixtures:

29/12/12 – MK Dons 2 – 3 Coventry City, League One
02/10/12 – Coventry City 1 – 1 MK Dons, League One

With 11 goals in 17 appearances, Patrick Bamford has established himself as the Dons’ main striker.

On loan from Chelsea, the England under-21 International hit the ground running this season, scoring ten goals in his first ten league games. He is currently playing as an out-and-out striker, adapting from his original position as a winger in his early career.

The Sky Blues’ will need to be wary of his heading ability, as well as his all-round technical game.

Two strikers have worn the Sky Blue and White kits over the years: Clinton Morrison and Clive Platt.

Morrison played 91 times for the Sky Blues’ between 2008 and 2010, scoring 21 goals for the club, whilst famously playing in his ‘one plus nine’ shirt (Morrison wanted the number ten, but the number was already taken, therefore he wore a shirt with a plus sign between his squad number of 19).

Platt also played for two years for the Sky Blues, scoring 7 goals in 67 games. He had more success whilst playing for the Dons’ earlier in his career, finding the net 27 times in 102 appearances. Coincidentally, both players have also played for Colchester United.

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