A Strong October from the Dons has seen us propel up the league into 2nd position. This weekend the Dons are back on the road to Crawley Town looking to continue to build momentum.
Crawley find themselves 10th in the league with a run of 2 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses in their last 5 games. They will be looking to make amends for a poor result at Tranmere Rovers where they lost 5-1. Crawley host the third best home record this season behind Colchester and the Dons. The last time Crawley lost at home was the first home game of this season losing 3-1 to Stevenage in August. The biggest win of the season came in their last home fixture as they beat Newport County 4-1.
Dons are the current form team in League 2 with 5 wins and 2 draws in their last 7 outings. The men from Milton Keynes currently have the 4th best away record in League 2 and have been beaten just the one time in the league this season. The Draw at Mansfield on Saturday closed the gap to two points to league leaders Lincoln City so a win could see the Dons rise to the top.
Players to Watch
Crawley have 3 former MK Dons players to look out for to our trip to Checkatrade.com Stadium. Bondz N’Gala a strong centre back made 3 appearances on loan from west Ham in 2008 under the management of Roberto Di Matteo.
Crawley captain Filipe Morais has also spent time in Milton Keynes when he was loaned from Chelsea in 2006. The former Portuguese U21 international made 13 appearances for the Dons at the time we called the National Hockey Stadium home and joined Crawley at the start of the season. Morais has 4 goals and 2 assists for the Red Devils this season.
The Milton Keynes born, Mark Randall is also plying his trade at Crawley Town after joining from Newport County in 2017. Although born and raised in Milton Keynes, Randall was a product of Arsenal’s academy and has faced two spells with the Dons. In 2010, Randall joined on loan and made 16 appearances. Randall would then have spells with Rotherham, Chesterfield and Ascoli before joining the Dons permanently in 2014 for two seasons. His time will probably be remembered for a stand out performance away at Barnsley as the Dons won 5-3.
However, the player likely to cause the biggest threat is striker Ollie Palmer. Palmer has 9 goals and 2 assists so far making him the 2nd highest goal scorer in league 2 this season. The 6ft 5in target man striker joined Crawley from Lincoln this season and has football league experience with Mansfield, Leyton Orient and Luton Town. Palmer has made over 350 career appearances scoring 93 goals.
Joe Walsh will return to his former club this weekend in which he used to captain. Walsh joined Crawley from Swansea and made 97 appearances for the West Sussex side before joining the Dons in 2015. Walsh has made 75 appearances for the Dons including 3 goals.
Gabriele Cioffi is the man in the home dugout this weekend after his appointment in September. Gabriele took on the role vacated by Harry Kewell who joined Notts County after agreeing a compensation package. Gabriele’s playing career was in Italy where we played for 12 different clubs. His only other managerial appointment was at Gavorrano but did not last long as he was sacked after 4 months due to poor results. However, he has been involved with English football when he joined Birmingham City to be a member of Zola’s coaching team. His record with Crawley is 4 wins and 1 draw from his first 10 games.
Crawley welcome back Bondz N’Gala and Josh Payne after serving their respective suspensions. A return for N’Gala could see Vincelot replaced at centre back. The suspended Payne was replaced in centre midfield by Bulman on their trip to Tranmere and could also see a return. However, there could be many more changes after the large defeat in the last fixture.
Jordan Moore-Taylor will be a doubt after being substituted at half time vs Mansfield. This could mean a recall to Callum Brittain in the starting line up
Cisse, Sow, Baudry, Harley & Pawlett all still expected to be side-lined although all are edging nearer to a return.
Broadfield Stadium or the Checkatrade.com stadium can hold just over 6,000 supporters with seating available for half of the ground. The majority of Dons supporters will be situated behind one goal in the KR-L Stand. This is a covered terrace with no supporting pillars blocking the view of the pitch. Those fans who decide on a seated ticket will be located in one corner of the People’s Pension (East) stand which is to the left of the KR-L Stand. The east stand is covered although has many small pillars which may provide a small obstruction. The opposite touchline is the main stand. This is a covered all seater stand and runs approx. two thirds of the pitch. The seating is elevated from pitch side to provide good visibility and was the stand that saw a supporter throw a cup of tea over former Don Carl Baker on our last visit. Behind the opposite goal is the Bruce Winfield covered terrace which hosts the louder set of Crawley supporters. The club bar is situated behind this stand.
There are 4 disabled parking spaces allocated to away fans at the Checkatrade.com stadium. These spaces will require pre-booking. Blue badge holders have access to free parking provided that you display the badge. Drop off spaces are also available.
If you wish to book in advance call us on 01293 410000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are 6 wheelchair spaces available in the away ends. 4 of these spaces are located at the front of the East stand and two behind the goal.
Catering kiosks do not have low level serving counters but are accessible to disabled supporters. There are 11 accessible toilets inside the stadium located inside the turnstiles.
The People’s Pension Stand (Seating)
Seniors (65+): £15
The KR-L Stand (Standing)
Seniors (65+): £12
SUPPORTERS WITH A DISABILITY
Supporters with a disability are entitled to a FREE personal assistant. Wheelchair users’ tickets are in The Checkatrade.com Stand.
MK Dons coach travel is on sale for £18 with a £1 discount for season ticket holders. Coaches will depart Stadium MK at 11:00 am. Coach travel can be booked online, from the box office or by calling 0333 200 5343. Coach travel will remain on sale until 5pm on Friday 2nd November subject to availability.
Join the M1 and travel anti-clockwise on the M25 heading towards Gatwick airport. At junction 7, leave the M25 and join the M23 southbound. Leave at junction 11 and turn right onto A23 Brighton Road. The ground is on your left but you are unlikely to see the ground due to trees on the side of the road. There is a large football on the middle of the roundabout where you can turn left into the ground car parking.
Postcode for satnavs is: RH11 9RX
Crawley Railway station is approximately 1 mile away from the ground. The Fastway number 10 bus runs every 10 minutes to the ground.
As you come out of the station turn left and walk down to the T-junction. At the junction turn left into Brighton Road. Keep walking straight down Brighton Road for just under a mile and at its end turn right. You should now be able to see the stadium in the distance behind the traffic island. Use the underpass to cross the A23 to the ground.
Info provided from footballgroundsguide.com
Car parking is available at the ground for a price of £5. Alternatively, you can find local street parking on nearby roads off the A23.
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