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Preview: MK Dons (a)

20 August 2019

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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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