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MK Dons - Scouting Report


MK Don's have been very impressive so far within the 2014/2015 campaign. The only recent blip comes by the hands of Chesterfield who knocked the Don's out of the F.A Cup at the Stadium MK, the final score 1-0. Big wins came at Oldham Athletic 7-0 and Colchester United 6-0.

The Buckinghamshire side have won four of their last six games and have secured points in the other two remaining games. Preston and Rochdale being those sides.


Run down of their last six games.

Tuesday 25th November – MK Dons 2 AFC Rochdale 0

Saturday 29th November – MK Dons 6 Colchester 0

Tuesday 2nd December – Sheffield United 0 MK Dons 1

Saturday 6th December – MK Dons 0 Chesterfield 1 (F.A Cup)

Saturday 13th December – Preston North End 1 MK Dons 1

Saturday 20th December – MK Dons 7 Oldham Athletic 0


The Players – Fact Sheet

Highest Goal Scorers; Benik Afobe 19, Dele Alli 10, Will Grigg 9 and Carl Baker 4.

Persistent Foulers; Kyle McFadzean 1 Red Card and 8 Yellow Cards, Danny Green 1 Red Card and 2 Yellow Cards, Antony Kay 6 Yellow Cards, Darren Potter 5 Yellow Cards and Samir Carruthers 5 Yellow Cards.


The Key Players.

The England U21 and Arsenal forward Benik Afobe has really found form within the 2014/2015 campaign. The popular youngster has been sent out on loan with several teams in his early career, however it's at MK Don's the strikers found a lethal eye for goal having scored 10 goals in the league, 6 in the League Cup, 2 in the F.A Cup and 1 in the JPT.

He's a real threat with his natural finishing and his physical strength is enough to see off the majority of challenges.

Will Grigg is a player who within League One has scored his share of goals, combining the tricky partnership with Benik Afobe the Northern Irish striker is a menace to any side within this division.

Matt Green, Dele Alli and Carl Baker are a midfield to bolster any strong League One promotion chaser, with Matt Green having the ability to change the outcome of games with his creativity. Dele Alli offers true pace and an eye for goal.

Carl Baker is also a player who can deceive opposition counter parters and naturally push them either with carefully created assists or a goal to boot.


Style of Play, Strengths, and Weaknesses.

MK Dons are a creative, physical and powerful League One outlet. They possess the ability to play smooth, quick flowing and dangerous attacking football. They're a well prepared side which can quickly suss out their opposition, allowing them to create many clean cut chances.

Their strengths are found within the physical presence, whilst creativity and ideas are not something which MK Dons seem to be short of having.

Like many good sides they use natural pace and skill to burst towards opposition, which allows their key players to get into space for the perfect pass or goal scoring opportunity. The Don's are very good at set pieces which you can tell the training ground is the source of the majority of their well driven efforts, their ability to mix play via the centre of the park and the flanks leave them with no limitations to their attacking power.

Weaknesses are actually quite easy to spot within the MK Dons play, however the talent of their defenders and keeper are often enough to stop chances being a major concern.

Bouncing and high balls often lead to chances against the Don's with their defenders struggling to get hold of the ball, they like it to be played along the ground. When hit with direction and pace, they often leave enough space for creative players to find time to take or set-up decent opportunities. If sides are able to retain possession the Don's struggle to keep calm which often results in disciplinary action as they make cynical and unnecessary challenges.



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short comment as i have limited connection but i think this is great, i also think you are right about them. they will fade at some point despite being a good side.

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Whilst I expect them to be in and around, I do believe they will drop out of the play-offs. I've been reading about their manager being wanted so a lot will be mindful of that but they're a good side. Very impressive in their highlights but for the things they do right, they do many things wrong.

Good sides will start to punish them, it's just a case of if they can out score them or not.

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The mighty magpies could get a point here but we really have to start learning to beat the odd top team. I would love it to be against them lot! You have summed them up well Joe, credit again.

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If we heed PONS warning perhaps we could get something, I hate to write it off but I do feel we will lose. That said Greg and Shaun will have done their home work, so who knows. Joe you are right about Alan Smith rustling MK's feathers.

He could be a vital part in breaking up the play.

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themightymagpies - I feel every game is worth going into being confident and believing you can cause an upset, nothing at all about being unrealistic and you never know. We could very well surprise them or we could get a point.

Worst case for us is leaving Meadow Lane nothing.

Brom - I am sure GA/SD will have their homework at hand. They're a good side but they can be stopped if we stand up to them, my fears are that we will let them gain confidence and if they run at us, it could be Swindon again.

Alan Smith is one of our only 'physical' players and you need people like him. In my opinion to stop them it will take that and a lot of hard work.

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No point playing if you go into games thinking its lost before you kick a ball, just think of Coventry last season. Nobody would have thought we would have turned them over!

If we perform to our highest level, I see no reason why we could not match them. Tough, tough game though.

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