180920 Preview MK Dons

Lincoln City maintained their unbeaten away league start to the 2018/19 season with a 2-1 win over Macclesfield Town last weekend. The Imps host MK Dons this Saturday as they look to build on the win at Moss Rose.

Jason Shackell scored the winning goal for Danny Cowley’s side in the 87th minute as they travelled to Moss Rose last Saturday. In-form midfielder, Tom Pett also found the back of the net for City, opening the scoring after 21 minutes.

The Imps have now scored 16 goals in eight league games as they continue to lead the SkyBet League Two table. Cowley’s side have won six of their opening eight fixtures. 

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SkyBet League Two new boys, MK Dons will travel to Sincil Bank this weekend having drawn four of their previous five league games this season. 

The Dons who were formed in 2004 faced Premier League opposition AFC Bournemouth earlier this season in the Carabao Cup. Paul Tisdale’s side lost 3-0 on the day with goals from Lys Mousset, Ryan Fraser and Jordon Ibe. 

MK Dons are currently 9thh in the SkyBet League Two table, only just missing out on a play-off place through goal difference. Having won three of their opening seven fixtures, the Dons are currently one of two unbeaten sides in the league, the latter being Forest Green Rovers who they drew with last weekend.  

Last six games: WDDWDD

League position: 9th 

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Manager’s comments

MK Dons manager, Paul Tisdale arrived at the club this summer following a 12-year stay at Exeter City. The Maltese-born manager spoke to press ahead of Saturday’s clash: “We want to play better than we did last Saturday. I want people in the stadium to enjoy what we do, we’ve done well so far but we need to up our game.”

Tisdale went on to discuss Danny Cowley’s side saying: “Lincoln are at the top of the league and the early pace setters. It’s going to be a great atmosphere and it will be a good test for us. It looks like a testing few games coming up. This time next week we’ll have a good indication as to where we sit.”

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Previous Meetings

The last time the two sides met was in April 2008 when both clubs were in League Two, it was a disappointing game for the Imps as they lost 2-1. German-born striker Ben Wright was on the scoresheet for the Imps but goals form Carl Regan and Jemal Johnson gave the Dons three points.

Lincoln last picked up points against MK Dons in January 2007 when the sides drew 2-2 in front of 7,140 people at the National Hockey Stadium. 

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One to Watch – Kieran Agard

Currently MK Dons top goal scorer with two goals, Agard started his career with Arsenal’s academy before moving to Everton in 2005. 

The forward made his Premier League debut in December 2009, coming on as a sub for Louis Saha in a 3-3 draw against Chelsea. Agard was released from Everton at the end of the 2010/11 season following loan spells with Peterborough United and Kilmarnock. 

After a season with Yeovil Town, the forward joined Rotherham United where he made 78 league, scoring 27 league goals over two seasons. Agard was part of the Rotherham side who won back to back promotions between 2012 and 2014. 

The former 2008/09 Everton U21 Player of the Season, signed for Bristol City in August 2014 for an undisclosed fee. During his time at Ashton Gate, Agard won the 2014/15 League One title as well as the 2014/15 Football League Trophy. 

MK Dons broke their club-record transfer fee in August 2016 when they signed Agard. The 28-year-old scored a brace on his debut for the club in a 2-2 draw with Millwall. This season Agard has scored two league goals as well as picking up one assist in seven games.

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