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Match Preview | Milton Keynes Dons (H)

11 January 2024

Match Previews

Match Preview | Milton Keynes Dons (H)

11 January 2024

Tranmere Rovers host Milton Keynes Dons on Saturday 13th January, looking for a sixth consecutive home league victory.

Nigel Adkins’ side beat Notts County 4-2 at Prenton Park on New Year’s Day to extend their run, although were defeated 1-0 away to Barrow last time out. 

Rovers haven’t lost a home match in the division since October, which has helped them to climb away from the bottom two. 

MK Dons are 8th in League Two after a resurgence under new boss Mike Williamson, who joined the club three months ago. 

The Buckinghamshire side were nine league games unbeaten before a 3-0 defeat at Doncaster Rovers on 1st January but are level on points with the Play-Off places. 

  

Team news:   

Nigel Adkins confirmed pre-match that Harvey Saunders will be sidelined for a few weeks with a hamstring injury picked up against Barrow, while Lee O'Connor will be assessed ahead of the weekend.

Luke Norris, Jake Leake and Jéan Belehouan are continuing their recoveries.

   

Last time out:  

    

Last five meetings:      

12th August 2023 - MK Dons 1-0 Tranmere Rovers - League Two   

SCORERS - Eisa 

2nd November 2019 - MK Dons 1-3 Tranmere Rovers - League One 

SCORERS: Hepburn-Murphy x3 

13th April 2019 - Tranmere Rovers 2-1 MK Dons - League Two   

SCORERS – Perkins, Jennings 

29th September 2018 - MK Dons 1-1 Tranmere Rovers - League Two   

SCORERS - Smith 

1st February 2014 - MK Dons 0-1 Tranmere Rovers – League One 

SCORERS – Lowe 

  

One to watch: Daniel Kemp 

It was only three weeks ago that Daniel Kemp played for Swindon Town at Prenton Park, while on loan from MK Dons 

The 25-year-old will now return with his parent club, after being recalled to Stadium MK for the second half of the season. 

Kemp produced 14 goals and eight assists in 25 games with the Robins, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see his form continue as MK Dons contend for a place in the Play-Offs. 

    

Head Coach: Mike Williamson 

Mike Williamson was appointed as the Head Coach of MK Dons in October, replacing Graham Alexander. He was in charge of Gateshead at the time, who he won the National League North title with in 2022. 

The 40-year-old will, perhaps, be best known as a regular fixture of Newcastle United’s defence between 2009 and 2015. He won three promotions in total as a player and had spells with the likes of Southampton and Watford, as well as the Magpies. 

Williamson was an instant hit as a coach, leading Gateshead to the National League as a player-manager, before joining MK Dons and guiding them from 16th to 8th 

  

Officials:         

Referee - Darren Drysdale 

Assistant Referees - Daniel Robinson & Grant Taylor  

Fourth Official - Alex Gray 

   

Drysdale last refereed Rovers in our 3-1 league loss to Newport County in March 2023. 

    

Tickets:      

We recommend buying tickets for the match online in advance. By doing so, fans can enjoy discounted prices and can download their ticket to their digital wallet or as a PDF.        

Tickets will also be available to buy on the day from The Club Store with a £2 price increase after 12pm.        

Fans can buy tickets online by clicking here.    

  

Match coverage:      

International supporters can buy a half-season pass to watch every game live for just £3 per game by clicking here!       

UK-based supporters can listen to full match commentary for as little as £1 per game by getting a monthly audio pass here.       

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

    

X: @tranmererovers         

Facebook: @trfcofficial         

Instagram: @tranmererovers         

      

Match reaction from Nigel Adkins and a player will follow the game on our YouTube channel. 


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