Easter weekend approaches and the Dons have 2 games this weekend. First up is an away trip to Nottingham to face Notts County at Meadow Lane.
Notts County have been one of the surprise packages of League 2 this season, but for all the wrong reasons. Many expected the magpies to fighting for promotion but instead they currently find themselves bottom of the league and on their third permanent manager of the season. A 6-game winless streak saw Kevin Nolan sacked and replaced by the then Crawley manager Harry Kewell. Kewell was sacked after 14 games in charge winning just 3 games with former AFC Wimbledon Manager Neal Ardley becoming the next permanent manager.
The last 5 games have seen Notts County win 1, draw 2 and lose 2 and are currently 2 points adrift of League 2 safety. They have conceded 77 goals in the 42 league games this term which is the highest by any team in League 2.
Last time out, Notts County fell to a 3-0 defeat at Crewe Alexandra.
At Stadium MK, the Dons came from behind to secure a victory against Notts County in the last meeting. A long-range Lewis Alessandra goal opened the scoring in the first half. The second half saw the Dons win a penalty after Rhys Healey was fouled in the box by Jamie Turley. Turley received a red card for the challenge with Chuks Aneke slotting in the penalty. A neatly worked routine saw the Dons take the lead. The 2-man corner routine proving successful to providing the pass to Healey who turned and somehow scored from a very narrow angle.
Dons have faced two challenging fixtures against now promoted Lincoln City & promotion rivals Tranmere Rovers resulting in no points. Previously the Dons had won the last 2 fixtures and pushed into second place but the 2 losses mean’s we fall into a playoff position in 4th. The chase for promotion is tight with 4 teams challenging for 2 automatic promotion positions. An away win is vitally important with just 4 games remaining to keep up the pressure on Bury, Mansfield & Tranmere Rovers.
Players to Watch
Kane Hemmings is the primary source for Goals for the Magpies this season. Kane has netted 13 times with 3 assists. This is his first season for Notts County after signing from Oxford United after a loan spell with Mansfield Town. Hemmings has also had spells with Tamworth, Rangers, Cowdenbeath, Barnsley & Dundee.
Dons face may also recognise centre back Elliott Ward on Friday. Ward joined the Dons on loan last season but would join County in the summer after his release from Blackburn Rovers
Neal Ardley is the third permanent manager of the season for Notts County following his appointment in November. Ardley will be known to Dons supporters as a previous player for Wimbledon and his last management role with AFC Wimbledon. Ardley managed AFC Wimbledon for 6 seasons including the first meeting between MK Dons & AFC Wimbledon with Otsemobor providing the winner in the closing minutes. He has achieved one promotion in this time as manager but eventually left AFC after losing 10 of his last 12 games.
For Notts County, Ardley has managed 25 games, winning just 5.
Goalkeeper Ryan Schofield will be available for selection after serving a 1 match ban. Elliott Hewitt is expected to miss the remaining of the season with a knee injury.
Joe Walsh missed out the trip to Prenton Park through injury and remains a doubt for Friday. George Williams was involved with the pre-match warm up exercises to bring hope of a return before the end of season but Friday may come too early for a full return. Otherwise, Alex Gilbey, Jordan Moore-Taylor, Robbie Simpson, Baily Cargill & Mathieu Baudry are all still doubts following time on the treatment table in recent weeks.
Notts County play their home fixtures at the 19,841 capacity Meadow Lane. MK Dons fans will be positioned in one corner of the Jimmy Sirrel stand along the touchline. This is an all seater covered stand with the Dons selling out on their original allocation of 600.
To the left is the Meadow Lane End which is primarily used as a family stand. Again, this stand is an all seater covered stand.
The opposite dugout is the main stand which is named the Derek Pavis Stand after the former chairman. This is a single tier, all seater covered stand and is the largest of the 4 stands.
Finally, the stand behind the goal on the right is the home of the Kop stand. This stand can hold up to 5,400 supporters
Details of the disabled facilities available at Notts County can be found via the below link:
Advance of matchday (before 5pm on Thursday)
Seniors (65+): £14
Young adults (18-21): £14
*Under-12s and Under-7s must be accompanied by an adult.
Seniors (65+): £16
Young adults (18-21): £16
*Under-12s and Under-7s must be accompanied by an adult.
SUPPORTERS WITH DISABILITY
Supporters with a disability are entitled to a FREE personal assistant.
MK Dons coach travel is on sale for £17 with a £1 discount for season ticket holders. Coaches will depart Stadium MK at 11:30AM. 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 Thursday 18th April subject to availability.
The postcode for Meadow Lane is NG2 3HJ
From Milton Keynes, join the M1 Northbound and leave at junction 24. Take the 5th exit at the roundabout onto the A453 Remembrance Way. Continue on this route going over a couple of roundabouts for approx. 7 miles. Take the A46 exit towards Newark (Clifton Lane). At the next roundabout, take the first exit onto the B679 Clifton Lane. Continue on this route until reaching a T-Junction where you turn left onto the A60 Loughborough Road. You will notice Trent Bridge Crickey Club on the Right followed by the City Ground for Nottingham Forest. As you cross over the River Trent, you take the next available right turn onto County Road with the stadium right in front of you
Nottingham Train station is an approximate 15-minute walk to Meadow Lane. As you leave the train station, turn left onto Carrington Street and turn left at the next junction onto Sheriffs Way. As you approach the Canal, turn right on London Road and turn left to cross the Canal onto Meadow Lane. The ground will be right in front of you.
Parking is available opposite the away end at the Cattle Market which will cost £3.50. There is also parking available at a small depot opposite the Hooters restaurant on London Road. Alternatively, you may find street parking close to the ground but you will likely require arriving early to find a place.
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