Following the frustrating of that late equaliser against Gillingham, the lads face MK Dons at home on Tuesday evening, we then travel to Stadium MK on Saturday afternoon, for the Papa John’s Trophy and League 1 fixtures respectively. But what can we expect from the opposition?
The Dons welcome us to the Stadium MK on a high, following a 2-0 away victory to their rivals bitter AFC Wimbledon, their third victory in the last five games, proving to have hit decent form, which has seen them pull away from the relegation zone. I caught up with MK Dons fan Andrew James for The Red And White Podcast. Here’s the bones of what he had to say…
“I don’t think I’ve seen us play badly this season; we’ve been beaten quite heavily a couple of times but most of the defeat comes down to a lack of quality. You look at the stats and we’ve been on top, but stats mean nothing if you don’t have that cutting edge. The creativity is fine, we have Scott Fraser who’s our number 10 and if there’s any justice in the world, he won’t be here very long because he’s easily Championship standard. We have a good midfield; Lasse Sorensen is a good player and David Kasumu does his job right that area so we’re pretty spot on. We have striker problems to be honest; up front we’ve got Cameron Jerome which I think turned a lot of heads when we signed him at 35 years old, but he’s scored nine goals, then after that we only have Joe Mason on four and those were all in one game last week!”
“We’re still playing that 3-5-2, we beat you guys away and then won down at The Valley against Charlton shortly after, this was after going 14 months without an away win! The wings backs we’ve got Ethan Laird on loan from Manchester United and on the left side we’ve got a young Scottish guy called Daniel Harvie, who’s a walking yellow card so he’s a bit niggly!”
“We’re often exposed out wide; we have a 37-year-old centre half in Dean Lewington who has been here since the very start of the club and played for the old Wimbledon! He’s never been the fastest but he’s good and robust at what he does so I would say he could be a weak point if there’s anyone with pace. We’ve started defending better recently but we still are susceptible to dodgy bounces and being caught in behind. We concede early on, so if you come at us in the first 10 minutes then there’s a good chance you will score. With the Papa John’s Trophy it’s hard to say which team will turn up, there’ll definitely be two different keepers because Lee Nicholls is far better than a number two. I think we’ll probably lose one and draw the other if I’m being honest, but I’d prefer the point in the League. I cannot imagine there being too many changes between the two fixtures but it’s a difficult one to predict.”
With new players arriving in the transfer window, I think we can expect Johnson give a Carl Winchester, Jake Vokins, Jordan Jones and Ross Stewart a run out in the EFL Cup clash, even if they don’t all start.
A prediction for the game relies heavily on how MK boss, Russel Martin treats the fixture, he may value Saturday’s fixture more. Going into Saturday, I can see there being some goals in the game given the Dons seem to have some weak areas defensively (when their wingbacks push up) but they do have the creativity of Scott Fraser, one of the best attacking midfielders in the league and Cameron Jerome, who is still a real threat. I’d still back us to win the EFL Cup game and hopefully take all three points on Saturday.