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Big Preview: MK Dons vs Southend United

20 September 2019

MK Dons vs Southend United...

Overview

Southend are back on the road again tomorrow afternoon for some more League One action as they travel to Milton Keynes to take on the MK Dons at Stadium MK.

These two sides met less than a month ago in the Carabao Cup as the Dons put four past Southend at Roots Hall to advance to the third round, earning themselves a home tie against Liverpool.

And with the visit of the European Champions looming on the horizon, Gary Waddock’s Blues will have to be wary as the Dons players look to impress ahead of next Wednesday's match.

Form

Blues finally got themselves off the mark in the league last weekend as they picked up a point in an entertaining 3-3 draw at home to Fleetwood Town.

Unfortunately for Southend though they weren’t able to build on that result in midweek as they fell to a 4-3 reversal on the road against Shrewsbury.

MK Dons too were defeated in midweek, losing out 1-0 to high-flying Ipswich Town, and they’ve stared the league with four wins and four defeats from their opening eight matches. 

Last Meeting

Tuesday 27th August 2019

Southend United 1-4 MK Dons

Goodship 54’; Healey 35’, Brittain 41’, Boateng 82’, Nombe 90’

The last meeting between these two should still be fresh in the memory, although Blues fans would rather forget it as MK Dons dumped Southend out of the Carabao Cup.

Goals from Rhys Healey and Callum Brittain put Dons in control. Brandon Goodship’s first for the club gave Blues hope, but strikes from Hiram Boateng and Sam Nombe ensured MK advanced.  

Blues Team News

Blues will have been boosted by the returns of Mark Milligan and John White to training this week as the two continue their recoveries from hamstring and ankle injuries respectively.

Milligan has been missing since going on international duty with Australia at the start of September while White has been out since injuring himself in the defeat to Rochdale three weeks ago.  

No fresh injury concerns were reported on Tuesday, while Simon Cox and Stephen Humphrys will look to continue their blossoming strike partnership after scoring four between them in the last two.

MK Dons Dangerman

Youngster Sam Nombe is arguably the one to keep an eye out for tomorrow afternoon with the striker currently leading the goalscoring charts for the Dons with four goals in all competitions.

One of those four came in the Carabao Cup win over Blues last month, finishing expertly across the face of goal after getting on the end of a backheel into the box from Hiram Boateng.

Nombe’s goalscoring exploits are currently seeing him keep the normally prolific Kieran Agard out of the Dons side, so he must be doing something right, and he’ll need close attention tomorrow.   

Ref Watch

Antony Coggins will be the man in the middle at Stadium MK, being assisted by Marvyn Amphlett and Lisa Rashid with Mike Desborough sitting in as fourth official.

Coggins has taken charge of six games thus far in the 2019/20 season, showing 16 yellow cards without brandishing a single red card as of yet.

Last time Coggins took charge of Blues was back in December 2018 for Southend’s 3-0 win over Accrington Stanley at Roots Hall.

Away Fans Guide

Stadium MK is an impressive looking 30,000 seater stadium which was purpose-built for the Dons who moved into their new home in 2007.

For the near 400 Blues fans making their way to Milton Keynes tomorrow, you’ll find yourselves in the North-East corner of the ground which has the capacity to hold 3,000 travelling fans.

For more information on the ground, including info on travel directions, where to park and where to go for a pre-match drink, check out awaygames.co.uk’s guide by clicking here.

Tickets

Tickets for tomorrow’s match with MK Dons are available to purchase from the Blues ticket office until midday today before being available on the day of the game to purchase from Stadium:MK.

There will be no matchday price increase but should you wish to buy your ticket beforehand you can do so online or by calling 08444 770077.

For more information regarding on the day sales at Stadium MK, click here.

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Match Reports

Match Report: MK Dons 0-1 Southend

21 September 2019

Southend United registered their first three points of the season with a brilliant, dogged display away to MK Dons.

Charlie Kelman fired in an early goal after coming back into the side and Blues held on magnificently for the remaining 86 minutes in tenacious style to keep an important clean sheet, the first time they have done so in eight months.

The win brought about much relief for players, fans and staff alike, and sets up an important game back at Roots Hall next weekend against Accrington Stanley.

Caretaker manager Gary Waddock made two enforced changes to the side which suffered a midweek defeat to Shrewsbury Town with midfielder Sam Mantom and top goalscorer Stephen Humphrys, who had previously scored three goals in two games, having to miss out due to illness.

In came the returning Mark Milligan and Charlie Kelman who both suffered injuries on international duty recently for Australia and U.S.A respectively with Brandon Goodship moving into a central position alongside Simon Cox, who got off the mark with his first goal against Shrewsbury on Tuesday night.

And Kelman’s introduction was a significant one, as he got Blues off to a brilliant start, opening the scoring inside four minutes.

It was a fantastic flowing move which started with an incisive pass from Milligan from midfield into the feet of the youngster. Kelman’s first time lay-off to Cox was a good one and he then played in Goodship. The summer signing was denied a shot at goal, however it came to Kelman who had two bites at the cherry to opening the scoring, doing so successfully by passing the ball into the open net vacated by Lee Nicholls.

Blues steadied the ship after going in front but slowly Paul Tisdale’s side began to take control of possession, without really testing Mark Oxley in the Southend goal though.

Dean Lewington had a shot blocked behind by Kiernan for a corner which came to nothing, while up the other end Goodship had a difficult chance after a good save from Nicholls on the half hour mark. It came initially from Cox trying his luck from 25 yards out which stung the hands of the Dons shot-stopper and Goodship blasted over the rebound.

MK Dons finished the half the stronger and they went close just before the interval as Conor McGrandles’ long range strike was just over the crossbar, but for only the second time this season Blues went in at the break with the lead.

Blues were forced into a change at half-time as McLaughlin was forced off with an injury. He was replaced by Isaac Hutchinson, while MK Dons made a change of their own, this one tactical as Kieran Agard replaced Jordan Houghton.

And the Dons striker was lively with his pace and trickery and looking a threat to the Blues defence, who were having to soak up a lot of pressure at the start of the second half. 

Despite the long periods of pressure there wasn’t much in the way of clear cut chances being carved open by the home side. 

Waddock brought on Luke Hyam for Hamilton and then John White for Goodship in a move which saw Blues go to five at the back for the remaining 20 minutes of the encounter.

Kasumu’s shot was really well blocked by Lennon and then up the other end on the counter-attack Hutchinson’s shot was sliced wide from 18 yards out.

That was to be a blue-print for the closing stages of the game as bodies were getting thrown in the way of shots from Southend defenders, while the only chances on the MK Dons goal came from breakaways.

It was almost two from a scenario just like, but not before Nathan Ralph did excellently at one end to block a goal-bound effort to keep the score at 1-0. Shortly afterwards Cox had an effort rattle back off the post and then Hutchinson's shot deflected over.

But Blues hung on and deservedly so to claim their first win of the campaign.

MK Dons XI: Nicholls, Lewington (C) (Dickenson 65'), Walsh, Poole, Martin, McGrandles, Houghton (Agard 46'), Brittain, Boateng (Gilbey 78'), Nombe, Kasumu. 
Subs Not Used: Moore, Williams, Bowery, Harley.

Blues XI: Oxley, Bwomono, Ralph, Milligan (C), Cox, McLaughlin (Hutchinson 46'), Goodship (White 69'), Kiernan, Hamilton (Hyam 65'), Kelman, Lennon.
Subs Not Used: Bishop, Ndukwu, Shaughnessy, Blackman, White.

Referee: Antony Coggins
Assistants: Marvyn Amphlett, Lisa Rashid
Fourth Official: Mike Desborough

Scorers:

Southend United: Charlie Kelman

Yellow Cards:

MK Dons: Poole
Southend United: McLaughlin, Hamilton, Milligan, Cox, Lennon

Attendance: 7,496 (623 away)

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