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Match Preview | Milton Keynes Dons (A)

11 August 2023

Match Previews

Match Preview | Milton Keynes Dons (A)

11 August 2023

Tranmere travel to Stadium MK on Saturday August 12th (3pm) to face Milton Keynes Dons in their first away game of the Sky Bet League Two season. 

Rovers were defeated 2-1 at home to Barrow on the opening day, Josh Hawkes netting the hosts’ only goal as Niall Canavan and Kian Spence helped the Bluebirds to all three points. 

However, Ian Dawes' side bounced back with a hard-fought penalty win over League One Barnsley in the Carabao Cup, following a 2-2 draw at Oakwell on Tuesday night.

Visitors MK Dons were knocked out of the competition after a 2-0 home loss to Wycombe Wanderers but opened their league campaign with a thrilling 5-3 triumph over Wrexham last weekend. 

The Buckinghamshire side were relegated last season, but new manager Graham Alexander will be hoping to lift them back to the third tier at the first time of asking. 

Team news: 

Strike partners Luke Norris and Kristian Dennis received starts against Barnsley, before being withdrawn after 58 minutes. Both will be in contention to play again at the weekend. 

Kane Hemmings is returning to fitness after suffering a knock in pre-season, he came off the bench at Oakwell and could be in the squad on Saturday. 

One to Watch: Jonathan Leko 

24-year-old Jonathan Leko signed for the Dons in January 2023 from Championship side Birmingham City and has shown moments of true quality during his time with the side. 

After coming through the youth setup at West Bromwich Albion, the winger made 23 senior appearances for the Baggies, including 14 in the Premier League. 

He was sent out on loan to Charlton Athletic and Bristol City before leaving permanently for Birmingham City, where he played 50 times but scored just once. 

However, his time at Stadium MK has been more successful. Leko has netted six goals in 20 appearances, including twice at the Racecourse Ground on Saturday in a stellar performance. 

Manager: Graham Alexander 

51-year-old Graham Alexander enjoyed an excellent playing career, racking up over 400 appearances for Preston North End among other clubs, and 40 for Scotland. 

He won the League Two Play-Offs with Fleetwood Town in 2014, his first full role in senior management, lifting them into League One where they remain today. 

Two years at Scunthorpe United followed, where the Iron missed out on promotion to the Championship after finishing 3rd in Alexander’s first full season. 

He joined Salford City in 2018 and won promotion to League Two with the Ammies that season, before an 18-month spell with Motherwell which ended in July 2022. 

After almost a year out of the game, Alexander joined Milton Keynes Dons in May. 


Advance ticket sales for this fixture have ended, but tickets will be available from Stadium MK on the day. Click here to find prices.

If you didn't collect your ticket from Prenton Park, they will be available to pick up from the ticket booth at Gate 3 at Stadium MK from approximately 1.30pm on the day of the match.

Official Club Coach travel has sold out for this fixture. Departure time from Prenton Park is 9.30am.

Match Coverage: 

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

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Instagram: @tranmererovers 


Match reaction from Ian Dawes and a player will follow on our website and YouTube channel. 

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