Tomorrow’s game is the first since Steven Pressley was sacked on Monday morning. In my eyes, it couldn’t come quick enough. A chance to put last weekends horrific collapse behind us, with the players surely being motivated to get a result against the ‘Dons’ as they attempt to stake a claim in the new manager’s side. Obviously the new boss hasn’t been appointed yet and McFarlane will take charge, but a few of the managerial candidates may be watching in the stands. There are fifteen games to go now and they are all massive no doubt, I just hope we can get at least a point tomorrow to give the new manager something to build on away at Barnsley on Tuesday (hopefully the new boss will be appointed by then).
MK are hoping to bring 2000 fans to the Ricoh, and I expect them to be in party mood as their team sit pretty in 2nd position. They’ve watched 66 goals fly in so far (highest number of league goals in the league), whilst having a pretty solid defensive record too conceding 31 goals (third best). City meanwhile are still struggling to score goals, but with new signing Nick Proschwitz the Sky Blues will be hopeful that the striker can score the goals to lift us to safety. The ‘Dons’ have also bolstered their already potent attack with the capture of Lewis Baker earlier this week, the attacking midfielder joins them on loan from Chelsea until the end of the season.
It will be interesting to see how we line up for the tie, but I expect Neil to stick to Pressley’s philosophies and most likely his team selection too… After plenty of positives against Sheffield United last week, albeit against ten men, I have optimism of getting a surprise result tomorrow. Cut out the silly defensive errors (easier said than done) and we’ll stand much more of a chance. We have the capability to play some good football but we need to do it more often. Tighten up at the back and play with a bit more freedom going forward and who knows, we might start picking up results.
Luke Williams hasn’t been great thus far, but hopefully he’s given a free role tomorrow to showcase his abilities. Blair Turgott could also make his debut as the talented winger has put a few promising performances in whilst on U21 duty. Another one whose shown real glimpses of potential is George Thomas, and I believe he’s done enough to warrant a start tomorrow, he’s a clever player who makes things happen… The kind of player we desperately need to create chances.
Meanwhile, long term absentees Reda Johnson, James Maddison and Danny Pugh remain sidelined, whilst Frank Nouble and Sanmi Odelusi are still not fit enough to be in contention to start. Lee Burge will also start in goal as Jamie Jones’ loan spell was concluded after the Blades game. The away side will be without Delli Ali who has been ruled out for a month or two, along with Dean Bowditch who is struggling with a hamstring injury. Ian McLaughlin looks likely to regain his place between the posts as David Martin’s thigh strain is monitored. Furthermore, former City Skipper Carl Baker is set to be rested by Karl Robinson who doesn’t want to ‘burn out’ the midfielder.
If Bakes does manage to get on, let’s hope he doesn’t come back to haunt us… If your going to score Carl, make sure it’s in the wrong net! Come on, let’s cheer the lads on to 3 points tomorrow!! The Dons come in to the game on the back of a 3-0 win versus Peterborough… Let’s knock them down a peg!