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Gameday – MK Dons at home

Blues face MK Dons at St Andrews looking to bounce back quickly after a Boxing Day beating from Sheffield Wednesday.

MK Dons

The Dons lie in 20th place, having picked up 22 points from 23 games. They’ve won two of their five games this month and haven’t won away from home since the opening day of the season.

Diego Poyet will be checked upon having sustained an injury in training while former Blues player Matthew Upson is out with injury along with Joe Walsh

Blues

Stephen Gleeson could return against his former club having been ill prior to the Sheffield Wednesday game; Clayton Donaldson could replace James Vaughan up front and there could be defensive changes with Paul Robinson and Greg Halford coming into contention.

Blues will need to be much more on their game than they were on Boxing Day; poor defensive shape contributed to all three goals against while it took the team an hour to look threatening in front of goal. The first goal could be the winner today.

Ref

Andy Davies takes charge of the game today, having shown 46 yellow cards and two reds in his 13 games so far this season. His last Blues game was the 2-1 win over Bristol Rovers in the Capital One Cup back in August, in which he booked David Cotterill and Lee Novak.

Suspension Watch

7 Yellow Cards: Maikel Kieftenbeld
5 Yellow Cards: Paul Caddis
4 Yellow Cards: David Davis, Jonathan Grounds and Stephen Gleeson
3 Yellow Cards: David Cotterill
2 Yellow Cards: Jonathan Spector, Jon Toral and Neal Eardley
1 Yellow Card: Tomasz Kuszczak, James Vaughan, Michael Morrison, Paul Robinson, Clayton Donaldson, Andy Shinnie, Shane Lowry, Jacques Maghoma and Demarai Gray.

The cutoff date for 5 yellow cards to attract a suspension is November 30, 2015
The cutoff date for 10 yellow cards to attract a suspension is April 9, 2016

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36 Responses to “Gameday – MK Dons at home”

  • Dave Mann says:

    Half way through the season exactly and 33 points to boot , we got 63 last season finishing tenth so to match that we need another 30 points … 78 got the playoffs so just 45 needed then from 23 games to get there , two points a game will do it … That’s the facts out the way but a win today by any score will do for me , back to back home wins are a rearity for us so come on you blue boys and I hope Dimmi rips them apart today , I trully mean that . Kro

  • StaffsBlue says:

    I’m going for a 3-01 win.

    Kuszczak

    Halford Morrison Robinson Lowry

    Gleeson Kieftenbeld

    Solomon-Otabor Vaughan Maghoma

    Donaldson

    Worth a try.

  • ian ambrose says:

    Many time I saw two player name is Jonny Spector centre half, and Jacques Maghoma both too slow skills and lazy sleep no brain both drop put in Sub !!!… If player donaldson not in play today Trying Toral put in up on front strike cos he good score and taller player… Shame good player name is Morrison no partner stronger with centre half back!!!…Gray is good player BUT he big selfish never passed ball and no heart!!!

  • Dave Mann says:

    Hopefully we will address all those problems Ian in January . Kro

  • StaffsBlue says:

    I’d bring Robbo back in, mainly for his leadership. Without him, we have no one who can drive the team. He’s got his faults, but he’s still the only real captain we have.

  • KC says:

    IInteresting back 4 Staffs. Halford deserves a game. Lowry ? Robinson has had one good game this season and gets caught out easily now. However if you have full backs that cannot defend, get murdered by speedy wingers, and are always out of position then we we need to change, but the options aren’t great.
    Vaughan needs a goal and I am not convinced, but might be different with some decent support. Maghoma frustrates me. Except for the odd bits of inspiration when he has come on a sub ,including MK away, he looks lazy and in a dream most of the time.

    • StaffsBlue says:

      In Maghoma’s defence, as Rowett himself has pointed out, he’s only been doing a job out on the right, filling in for Cotterill. His usual position is out on the left. Why on earth he hasn’t play Gray, a right-footer out there is beyond me. I’d rather give Maghoma a run in his preferred position before I judge him fully.

      As for the full backs, I’m sick of seeing balls lofted over their heads into space and watching them trying to waddle back. At least Halford and Lowry are decent headers of the ball. No, Robbo isn’t perfect by any means, but we miss his leadership badly.

      • KC says:

        Staffs, agree with you totally on the wing positions. It’s a no brainer. Only one example but will always remember Gray coming in from the right and scoring a great goal against Wolves last season. Also interesting point about positional play regarding heading. Certainly need some drive, which GR has also mentioned. and Robbo is the best [only one in the squad ] who has the adrenalin to provide it.

        If they can repeat the MK away performance we”ll all be happy tonight.

        • StaffsBlue says:

          Love him or hate him, Robbo is a leader. We don’t have another one. Morrison is better concentrating on defending.

          • leebeaublue says:

            Totally agree with you on that one Staff Blue.

          • Singapore Brum says:

            I was at the Watford Liverpool game last Sunday, had a quick trip back before Xmas, and Watford had a guest interviewed on the pitch at half time. He happened to be a former Watford player who the fans gave a rousing reception to as he walked off the pitch and walked right past me in the stands. It was non other than Paul Robinson. I didn’t know he started his career at Watford.

          • StaffsBlue says:

            Yes, nearly 20 year ago now. Went to Albion, then Bolton.

          • StaffsBlue says:

            Just looked it up. Robbo was born and bred in Watford. Played for them for 7 years, left when he was 25 (Albion.)

  • DoctorD says:

    This has 0-1 or 0-2 defeat written all over it.

  • Dave Mann says:

    Let’s hope the writings not on the wall . Kro

  • Shirley Blue says:

    Win these two home games and we will be in the playoff places or just outside in which case we would finish 2015 on a massive high and the manager, his staff and the players should feel very proud of what they have achieved over the year. It’s s big opportunity with 6 points up for grabs and that’s what GR should be telling the players. He also should be telling them he will be bringing players in during January and they need to show him that’s it’s not them individually he needs to replace by their performances over the next two games. Let’s see who really wants success by their attitude.

  • swissjonny says:

    Agree Shirley Blue.If you want to keep playing in Blue then get out there and earn the shirt.

  • We are going the right way against mk dons but still no goals COME ON BLUES.

  • paule says:

    Dave Mann how have we played today I’m in Lapland -28 so cold and missed the game, back for next game KRO

  • StaffsBlue says:

    We were a bit ponderous in the first half, but second half, we came out and started to move the ball around a lot better. Cracking goal by Maghoma.. and how Donaldson contrived to miss that clear chance, God only knows. Going for the glory shot when he could have tapped it in.

    Toral was better, Robbo and Morrison commanding performances, my MOTM, Kieftenbeld.

  • Shirley Blue says:

    Best home performance for a long while. With some better final balls and finishing we could have won that 5-0. Credit to MK Dons – they are probably going down but they tried to play decent, attacking, passing football which played into our hands as we could counter-attack. Especially in the second half we did play some good stuff and I thought Donaldson was excellent. Well done to VSO on his starting league debut – genuine pace and exciting to watch. If Gray does go we have a ready made replacement. Great finish from Maghoma. Beat Brentford and that is a very strong finish to a great 2015 and in good shape for the remainder of the season.

  • paule says:

    Thanks StaffBlue & Shirley Blue sounds like we deserved the win, icing on the cake Villa losing now looking forward to the Brentford game.

  • Texas Pete says:

    I was asking for 7 out of 12 points so a draw on Saturday would do it for me. It may be all we can get from a buoyant Brentford.
    It is still the goalscoring not the defence that is letting us down. Is Maghoma’s individuality the problem or the solution?
    Gray and Donaldson have been missing clear chances all season. Enter GR with his killer instinct speech again. Hoping for a change and 3 -5 goals from blues but a draw is ok.

  • Back to our best again kro

  • StaffsBlue says:

    To be fair, the defence was hardly troubled. Robbo was brilliant, especially in the first half when MK were full of beans. He intercepted everything. If only we could put away half our clear chances…

  • Waycoolblue says:

    *interview

  • Dave Mann says:

    Should have been 5 but missed chances once again , maghoma with a great finish and back on track , now let’s make it three home wins a row . Kro


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