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History Books: MK Dons vs Southend

19 September 2019

Southend United's record away to MK Dons is not the best, however their most recent memories of visiting Stadium MK are positive - and the same could be said for Stephen McLaughlin when coming up against the Dons.

Overall the record stands at played six, won one, drawn one and lost four.

But the win and the draw have both come in their last two trips to face the Dons on their own patch, so Blues will be hopeful of continuing that sort of form come Saturday.

The first ever win at MK Dons was on October 22nd, 2016, when Phil Brown’s side ran out 3-0 winners. 

Anthony Wordsworth was the scorer of two goals and Simon Cox got the other one after just two minutes with a clinical finish from inside the box. The former Republic of Ireland international got off the mark this season on Tuesday night in emphatic style so will be itching to kick on from now.

The following season, on a Tuesday night in November, MK Dons and Blues met level-pegging in the Sky Bet League One standings, the hosts 13th in the table at the time and Southend placed just one position below them in 14th. 

Stephen McLaughlin, who this season has two goals in two games after returning from injury, opened the scoring in the 27th minute with an exquisite long-range strike that just beat the fingertips of goalkeeper Lee Nicholls following a pass from Marc-Antoine Fortune. 

In the 76th minute Chuks Aneke was brought down inside the area by Mark Oxley and MK Dons were awarded a penalty which Kieran Agard slotted home to make the score 1-1. 

McLaughlin, who also scored in the reverse fixture at Roots Hall that season - a 4-0 thrashing in which Theo Robinson bagged a hat-trick, will therefore be hoping to make it three goals in three games this week and three in his last three games against the Dons.

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