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Preview: MK Dons (a)

20 August 2019

City face MK Dons in their second away league match of the season as the two sides meet for the first time since last season’s SkyBet League Two campaign.

The Imps continued their fine form on Saturday beating Southend United 4-0 at Sincil Bank.

Summer arrival Tyler Walker got off the mark for City scoring a penalty early in the second half as Lincoln kept their fourth clean sheet of the season in all competitions.

Can't make the trip to MK Dons? Imps fans, both in the UK and overseas*, can watch the game live on iFollow.

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MK Dons have picked up one win from their opening two games following their return to SkyBet League One. The Dons had their game against Bury postponed on the opening day, however they picked up a 1-0 win over Shrewsbury a week later.

Summer signing Rhys Healey wrote the headlines scoring MK’s winner in the third minute of added time. 

Mid-week action followed when the Dons travelled to fierce rivals Wimbledon in the Carabao Cup. Following a 2-2 draw at full time the two sides went to penalties with Paul Tisdale’s side coming out as 4-2 winners.

Despite two wins from two in all competitions, The Dons failed to pick up points in their second SkyBet League One clash against Wycombe Wanderers. Gareth Ainsworth’s side scored a late winner in the 90th minute to steal the three points from MK. 

Manager comments

Paul Tisdale arrived at MK Dons following 12-years with Exeter City where he achieved two promotions and also won an LMA Manager of the Year award.

Speaking ahead of tonight’s game, the Maltese-born manager discussed the challenge Lincoln City will bring.

“We’ve got a tough one at home on Tuesday and then on Saturday,” said the former Southampton midfielder.

“We’ve got to learn quickly, I’ll learn quickly and the players will have to as well.”

"We're at the point in the season now where we have our energy, but we're finding out about the league, finding our feet," Tisdale added.

"It's so complicated to put a fixture list together. In isolation, you can say you wouldn't do it like that but it's a business and you have to play X amount of games, and we're trying to make a living but it does put a strain on the players.”

Previous Meetings

5,556 Imps fans travelled to Stadium MK last season as City picked up a vital set of three points in their promotion push from SkyBet League Two. John Akinde’s first-half penalty gave Lincoln the lead going into half time.

Imps keeper Matt Gilks pulled off a fantastic save to maintain the Imps lead however, moments later Bruno Andrade took the ball up the other end to secure the win, leading to incredible scenes in the away end.

City picked up two wins against MK last season winning the home tie 2-1. Jason Shackell’s last-gasp header won the Imps three points following Shay McCartan’s earlier strike at Sincil Bank.

One to Watch – Rhys Healey

Summer signing Rhys Healey joined MK Dons for an undisclosed fee in the summer following a loan spell at Stadium: MK.

The 24-year-old had started his career with Welsh side Connah’s Quay Nomads after coming through their youth setup.

Healey had previously spent time on trial with Stoke City and Manchester City before joining Cardiff City in January 2013. The forward made his debut for the club coming on as a substitute in a 2-1 defeat against Chelsea in May 2014.

Despite making 14 league appearances for Cardiff during his six-year spell with the club, Healey spent the majority of his time out on loan. The first side the striker spent time with was Colchester United where he made 21 league appearances scoring four goals.

Spells with Dundee, Newport County and Torquay United followed before Healey arrived at Stadium: MK on loan. After signing a permanent deal with the Dons, the former Cardiff youngster scored the winner in his first game back at MK against Shrewsbury.

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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: MK Dons V The Imps

20 August 2019

The Imps slipped to their first defeat of the season against MK Dons at Stadium:MK as the hosts reversed the scoreline from that famous victory at the end of last season.

Things got off to a bad start for Danny Cowley’s men, as they conceded an early goal scored by Callum Brittain but showed resolve to level through Tyler Walker. However, the hosts regained the lead as George Williams deflected home Jordan Bowery’s effort from close range. The scoreline although not in favour of the visiting side, didn’t tell the whole story as City were almost constantly in opposing territory in the second half and will certainly feel that they were deserving of at least an equalising goal. 

City made one change to the side which started the game against Southend United last weekend at Sincil Bank, Michael O’Connor came back into the starting eleven with Cian Bolger swapping places and moving onto the bench.

The Teams: 

MK Dons: Nicholls, Williams, Poole, Cargill, Bowery, Agard, Martin, Houghton, Brittain, Boateng, Harley

Substitutes: Moore, Lewington, Gilbey, Healey, McGrandles, Nombe, Kasumu

The Imps: 

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The home side broke free and scored very early into the game, a neat link between Kieran Agard and Jordan Bowery freed Agard down the right and his low drilled ball into the box found Callum BRITTAIN who squeezed the ball home. The Imps, spurred on by around 1,300 travelling supporters looked to hit back quickly, pressing the home side back into their own half almost immediately but Neal Eardley’s deep centre was claimed by Lee Nichols in the MK goal. As City poured forward though the home side clearly looked to catch their vistors on the break but Jason Shackell showed all his experience to hold up the onrushing Bowery who shot into the legs of the City defender.

The travelling Imps though were soon to be off their seats, as the visitors equalised through Tyler WALKER. The striker linked with Jorge Grant before measuring a curled effort beyond the despairing dive of Nicholls and into the bottom corner of the goal for his second goal in as many games.  After the end to end early start to the game, proceeding slowed down somewhat for a prolonged period as possession exchanged hands frequently in midfield areas. However, MK took the lead for a second time somewhat fortuitously, a cross into the City box caused a little confusion before falling to Jordan Bowery who struck goalwards, but the ball ricocheted off George WILLIAMS and beyond a helpless Josh Vickers.

As is now customary, The Imps refuse to lie down and Walker was soon to be firing on target but this time Nicholls saved the shot before Jack Payne made a tremendous late run into the area to head towards goal only to see his effort blocked on its way towards the net. The Imps were close to netting in the 34th minute when Payne almost capitalised on a mistake which left him racing into the penalty area only with Nicholls to beat, but his chipped effort wasn’t to beat the MK stopper who stood big to block. Grant was the next to have a shot for the visitors, his curler was almost inch perfect but the ball skidded a hairs breadth wide of the goal. Harry Anderson was to force Nicholls into a low diving stop just before the break after the winger cut in from the right and fired on target with his left foot.

Half Time

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The Imps were to take the game to their hosts almost from the restart, making positive progress down the right and left without creating a chance but it showed further signs that more scoring in the game looked likely. Grant showed quick feet to get away from his marker despite appearing to be held back, he linked with Walker who returned the ball to the City number 18 who curled on target but Nicholls was to grasp possession.

Eardley hit an effort off target as he tried to support the front line and The Imps were to go close again a few minutes later when Harry Toffolo did superbly down the left to then pull the ball back to Payne who couldn’t get his shot on target.  

Hiram Boateng was the first to get a shot away for MK Dons in the second half, his low effort looked to be heading for the corner but he didn’t account for Vickers diving low to his right to make a terrific stop. Next up was Nicholls again, getting in the way of an Imps’ equaliser, Grant forcing the Dons’ number one into a save from his low drive. The home side then had their defence to thank after Toffolo was the architect for the next chance, another low centre into the danger area this time was met by Michael O’Connor and his low drive looked to be heading goalwards only to see Boateng hurling himself in front of the ball to block.

With City pushing forward with increasing numbers it was leaving more space for the hosts to run into, and as a result Agard went close to putting MK Dons two goals ahead as he fired just wide.

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The home crowd were getting a little perturbed at the sight of City going forward again and when Payne took aim there seemed to be a sharp intake of breath which turned to sighs of relief when Nicholls saved the shot. The Imps brought on both John Akinde and Bruno Andrade going into the final twenty minutes to give fresh impetus to the attack and the pair were close to fashioning the equaliser, but the latter was snubbed out by a horde of home defenders closing him down in the area.  

The Imps fans in the stand were growing in confidence that an equaliser was coming as Danny Cowley’s side were almost camped in opposing territory but the threat on the break from the home team was still evident with Bowery nodding over a corner. Andrade headed wide an Eardley centre as play reverted back into Dons’ territory but time was ticking towards the final ten minutes.  Andrade was tormenting the home defence and was close to getting his name on the scoresheet but Dean Lewington blocked his goalbound shot, and from the resulting corner Joe Morrell was so close to netting an equaliser as The Imps kept up the pressure but could only find the woodwork from a late Jason Shackell header in the dying moments of injury time. The Imps now turn their attentions to Doncaster Rovers, as a trip to the Keepmoat stadium is next on the agenda for Danny Cowley’s side in SkyBet League One.

Full Time

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The Teams

MK Dons

1          Lee NICHOLLS

2          George WILLIAMS

5          Regan POOLE

6          Baily CARGILL

9          Jordan BOWERY

14        Kieran AGARD

16        Russell MARTIN

24        Jordan HOUGHTON

25        Callum BRITTAIN

26        Hiram BOATENG

33        Ryan HARLEY

Substitutes

22        Stuart MOORE

3          Dean LEWINGTON (81’ for Boateng)

8          Alex GILBEY (62’ for Harley)

10        Rhys HEALEY

18        Conor McGRANDLES (62’ for Houghton)

27        Sam NOMBE

29        David KASUMU

Goal: Brittain 2’ Williams 22’

Booked: Poole 77’

The Imps

1          Josh VICKERS

3          Harry TOFFOLO

4          Michael O’CONNOR

5          Jason SHACKELL

10        Jack PAYNE

16        Michael BOSTWICK

17        Tyler WALKER

18        Jorge GRANT

19        Joe MORRELL

23        Neal EARDLEY

26        Harry ANDERSON

Substitutes

21        Grant SMITH

6          Cian BOLGER

11        Bruno ANDRADE (66’ for O’Connor)

12        Ellis CHAPMAN

15        Alex BRADLEY

22        Aaron LEWIS

29        John AKINDE (66’ for Walker)

Goal: Walker 11’

Referee: Michael Salisbury

Assistants: Daniel Cook & George Byrne

4th official: Carl Brook

Attendance: 8,166 (1350 Imps’ Supporters)

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