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Match Preview: MK Dons

31 October 2019

Setting the scene…

Tranmere Rovers are back on the road on Saturday afternoon when they travel to MK Dons in Sky Bet League One, kick-off 3pm.

Micky Mellon’s men visit Buckinghamshire aiming to return to winning ways after last weekend’s home fixture against Doncaster Rovers was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at Prenton Park.

Awaiting Rovers at Stadium MK are a Dons side, managed by Paul Tisdale, who have not won for eight games and they find themselves a place below Tranmere, in 20th position.

Team News

Forward Stefan Payne will be suspended for Rovers’ trip to MK Dons after collecting five yellow cards.

Ollie Banks, Harvey Gilmour, Mark Ellis, Evan Gumbs, Calum Woods, Ishmael Miller and Jordan Ponticelli are all sidelined through injury, while Morgan Ferrier is closing in on a return to action.

Darren Potter and Corey Blackett-Taylor could, however, return for Rovers after recent injuries.

One to Watch

Midfielder Alex Gilbey has become a key part of the MK Dons side since his arrival at the club in August 2017.

The Londoner has made over 70 appearances and been a part of a promotion-winning squad following his move from Wigan Athletic two-years ago.

Gilbey started out his career at Colchester United in 2012, where he turned out 110 times either side of a loan deal at Newport County, winning promotion from the Conference in 2013.

In June 2016, he switched to Wigan Athletic for an undisclosed fee, going onto represent the Latics on 20 occasions in the Sky Bet Championship.

Moving onto MK Dons, Gilbey played 39 games as the Buckinghamshire club were promoted from Sky Bet League Two in 2017/18.

Match Officials

Referee: Matthew Donohue

Linesmen: Phil Dermott and Mark Russell

Fourth Official: Paul Howard

Tickets

The SWA have been allocated 610 tickets (600 standard match tickets, five wheelchair bay and five carer tickets) – and will be situated in the North Stand Lower of the ground.

More tickets can be requested and made available.

Tickets are sold as reserved seating and will be sold in order of row and seat number. 

Prices are as follows: 

Adult: £22

Senior 65+: £17

U18: £7

U12: FREE (with a paying adult) 1 Adult = 1 FREE Under 12

Carer: FREE

Coach travel is also available for this fixture with the coach departing Prenton Park at 9:30am. You can purchase match and travel tickets by clicking here

Past Meetings

TRFC’s record against MK Dons stands at won six, drawn two and lost 10 following on from their first league meeting, which they won 2-0, back in November 2004.

Match Coverage

The SWA can listen to uninterrupted match commentary of Tranmere Rovers’ Sky Bet League One fixture away to MK Dons.

Your match day commentary team of Phil Wilkinson, Rob Edwards and Adam Siddorn will guide you through events at Stadium MK.

iFollow Tranmere is the only place you can listen to devoted TRFC coverage and if you sign-up, you can watch exclusive behind the scenes content, interviews and match highlights.

An audio match pass on iFollow costs just £2.50!


To sign-up, CLICK HERE.


Alternatively, you can follow the action through our social media channels below, with full text coverage during the fixture, followed by a match report.


Twitter: @TranmereRovers

Facebook: @trfcofficial

Instagram: @tranmererovers

Did you know?

Rovers are unbeaten in their last four matches against MK Dons, winning three and drawing one.

David Perkins and Connor Jennings were on target in the last meeting between the two teams in Sky Bet League Two, as Tranmere won 2-1 against their promotion rivals at Prenton Park back in April. 

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Match Reports

MK Dons 1-3 Tranmere

2 November 2019

Rushian Hepburn-Murphy was the star of the show after his hat-trick earned Tranmere Rovers a 3-1 victory away to 10-man MK Dons at Stadium MK on Saturday afternoon.

Micky Mellon’s men were in front midway through the first-half courtesy of Hepburn-Murphy’s first goal in a Rovers shirt, on a wet autumnal afternoon in Buckinghamshire.

Ben Reeves powerful strike pulled the Dons level before Kieran Agard was sent off for a high tackle on Neil Danns in a frantic final four minutes of the half.

Forward Hepburn-Murphy netted a double after half-time, which sealed a big three-points for Rovers, which secured a second away win of the Sky Bet League One season.

Boss Mellon made three changes to the starting XI which lost at Sunderland for the visit to MK Dons, with Hepburn-Murphy, Sid Nelson and Kane Wilson coming in for Stefan Payne, George Ray and Paul Mullin.

Early chances fell to Rovers, though Hepburn-Murphy’s header from Liam Ridehalgh’s cross and Danns’ right-footed strike from range failed to test Dons goalkeeper Lee Nicholls.

Up the other end, Callum Brittain volleyed over when well positioned after connecting with Reeves’ cross from the left-side of the penalty area.

Rovers took the lead with 19 minutes played in Buckinghamshire through Hepburn-Murphy following a well-worked passing move.

Kieron Morris was fed down the left flank by Wilson, who crossed low into the box for the waiting Hepburn-Murphy to slide the ball underneath Nicholls from close-range.

In response, Paul Tisdale’s Dons went in search of a leveller, but Rovers remained resilient under pressure from their hosts.

Tranmere should have been two to the good when Hepburn-Murphy showed unbelievable pace down the right to create a counter attack before teeing up Connor Jennings, who was thwarted by Nicholls.

Ridehalgh was the next to try his luck for the visitors from the Wirral but curled his left-footed free-kick just over the upright.

Rovers conceded an equaliser on 43 minutes after Reeves struck a powerful low drive from the edge of the box which zipped off the wet turf to find Scott Davies’ bottom right-corner.

The Dons were reduced to 10 men after Agard was dismissed by referee Matthew Donohue for a rash challenge on Danns on the stroke of half-time.

After the break, Tranmere were made to defend their own six-yard box, which saw Ridehalgh having to head Dean Lewington’s cross behind for a corner, while Manny Monthe also had to clear Brittain’s ball for a set-piece.

Nine minutes after the restart, TRFC made their numerical advantage count as Hepburn-Murphy scored his and his side’s second.

Rovers’ number 18 latched onto Jennings’ neat through ball to thump a right-footed shot from outside the box and into Nicholls’ bottom right-corner, in front of the travelling SWA.

Searching for a second equaliser as the clock ticked on, the Dons threatened when Conor McGrandles hit a rising attempt just over Davies’ crossbar, while Sid Nelson did well to head a dangerous free-kick behind for a corner.

Hepburn-Murphy completed his hat-trick after 69 minutes, turning his marker, he drove into the box to finish low right-footed which found the bottom left-corner, which completed the scoring.

As a result of their three points, Rovers moved up to 18th position in the third tier, with attention now turning to next Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup First-Round tie, when they host Wycombe Wanderers at Prenton Park, kick-off 3pm.

TRFC: Davies ©, Nelson, Monthe, Ridehalgh, Caprice (Blackett-Taylor 54) Wilson, Perkins, Danns, Morris, Hepburn-Murphy (Mullin 79), Jennings

Subs not used: Pilling, Borthwick-Jackson, Ray, Potter, Maddox

Attendance: 7,171

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Ticket News

MK Dons ticket details

31 October 2019

Tickets for Tranmere Rovers’ Sky Bet League One fixture away to MK Dons at Stadium MK on Saturday 2nd November will go on sale on Wednesday 23rd October.

Rovers make the journey down to Buckinghamshire next month, and tickets will be available both in the Club Store and online (9am in store and midnight online).

The SWA have been allocated 610 tickets (600 standard match tickets, five wheelchair bay and five carer tickets) – and will be situated in the North Stand Lower of the ground.

More tickets can be requested and made available.

Tickets are sold as reserved seating and will be sold in order of row and seat number. 

Prices are as follows: 

Adult: £22

Senior 65+: £17

U18: £7

U12: FREE (with a paying adult) 1 Adult = 1 FREE Under 12

Carer: FREE

 

Coach travel is also available for this fixture with the coach departing Prenton Park at 9:30am. You can purchase match and travel tickets by clicking here

All disabled supporters will be charged the age category price and will receive a free carer ticket. 

Supporters who wish to collect tickets can do so from the away ticket booth next to gate 3 at the stadium. 

It is advised that tickets should be purchased in advance to avoid queuing on the day of the match. 

Limited parking is also available at the stadium. this is available at a fee of £7.

Matchday parking spaces for blue badge holders are limited and must be booked by emailing customer.service@mkdons.com.

The club cannot guarantee an on-site parking space for blue badge holders who have not pre-booked but drop-off/pick-up points are available outside Gates 2, 4 and 7. 

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