After a mid-week victory vs Oldham, MK Dons are travelling South West to Tisdale’s former club Exeter City.
It’s 7th vs 6th at St James Park on Saturday with Exeter 3 points behind the Dons. The previous meeting this season saw Dons win 1-0 at Stadium MK courtesy of a penalty from Kieran Agard.
Exeter’s recent form is mixed with 2 wins and 2 losses in the last 5 games. The last outing was at home to Cambridge United with the winner arriving late in the 82nd minute via Nicky Law.
Whilst Dons made Oldham pay the penalty on Tuesday night to win after 3 straight league losses. The win on Tuesday puts the Dons just 3 points away for the third automatic spot with a game in hand.
With both teams contending for promotion, this is a game that neither team will want to lose.
Players to Watch
Key man for Exeter City this season has been Jayden Stockley who was reportedly close to signing for the Dons before signing for Championship side Preston. Exeter have signed 21-year-old Donovan Wilson on loan from Wolves on deadline day and could be in line for his first start. This season he has been on loan at FC Jumilla scoring 6 goals in 16 appearances. His previous loan spell also saw one goal in 8 appearances at Port Vale.
I have decided to focus on former Exeter midfielder Ryan Harley for this match. Harley scored on the opening day away at Oldham and has since been out long term with injury. After a couple of substitute appearances, Harley returned to the starting line-up on Tuesday and will be looking to keep his position when returning to his former club. Harley has had three spells at Exeter making over 200 appearances for the Grecians scoring 40 goals
All Eyes will be on Tisdale on Saturday as he returns to the club he managed for 12 seasons. His replacement was one of his former players Matt Taylor as he enters his first management spell. Taylor made 160 appearances for the Grecians scoring 17 goals. Taylor also had spells with Charlton Athletic, Cheltenham Town, Bradford City and Newport County. His first management spell has seen 15 wins in 36 matches.
Exeter are likely to continue to miss Troy Brown, Hiram Boateng and Luke Croll through injury. Tristan Abrahams has been recalled from his loan spell by parent club Norwich City. Exeter have signed Donavan Wilson & Jordan Tillson on loan this week and both could be available for Matt Taylor.
Jordan Moore-Taylor is set to miss a trip back to the side he used to captain after hobbling off with a Knee injury at Grimsby. George Williams remains side-lined although there could be a return for Callum Brittain who has been absent due to injury and more recently illness. Russell Martin & David Wheeler made their debuts at Grimsby and will be looking to keep their positions. New signings Stephen Walker & Jake Hesketh could be in line for their debuts after joining on deadline day.
St James Park has had a revamp since the last time the Dons visited last. Dons fans have the option of terrace or seating available. If terrace, you can find yourselves behind one end of the goal. This area has recently been revamped and can hold 950 supporters in a covered stand. If seating, you can find yourselves to the right of the terrace in the main stand. Blocks L & M are available for away supporters to hold up to 350 supporters. This stand is also covered and includes 2,116 seats.
The opposite touchline is the newly built Stagecoach Adam Stansfield Stand. This does not run the full length of the pitch due to the nearby trainline. This is named after former player Adam Stansfield who tragically died from Colorectal Cancer. A foundation is now established in his name.
Behind the opposite goal is the Big Bank Terrace. This is the largest terrace in the football league with a capacity of 3,950. This stand is also covered and will be the location for majority of Exeter’s vocal support.
For details on Exeter City Disabled facilities, please visit https://www.levelplayingfield.org.uk/club/exeter-city/
Advance of matchday (before 5pm on Friday 1st February)
Seniors (65+): £14
Seniors (65+): £20
Seniors (65+): £15
Seniors (65+): £21
Wheelchair users can purchase tickets for £20 by calling 01392 411243 (option 2 or 3) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Wheelchair users are entitled to a FREE personal assistant.
MK Dons coach travel is on sale for £25 with a £1 discount for season ticket holders. Coaches will depart Stadium MK at 8:30 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 1th February subject to availability.
From Leaving Stadium MK, take the A421 towards Buckingham. Continue through Buckingham and take the first exit at the roundabout after the Finmere Bypass heading towards Bicester. Continue through Bicester towards the M40 junction. At the M40 Roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto the A34 towards Oxford. Leave the A34 at the junction interchange for the A420. Remain on this route until reaching Swindon and turn left at the roundabout onto the A419 towards the M4. Join the M4 taking the third exit at the roundabout heading West. Remain on the M4 until Junction 20 and take the first exit onto the M5. Remain on the M5 until junction 29 and turn right onto Honiton Road. Continue straight on this road across two junctions until the road bends and becomes East Wonford Hill and then Fore Street. There is a fork in the road where you take the right turn to remain on Fore Street. This road will have a Waitrose on your right and a chapel on your left. Continue to the roundabout and take the 4th exit onto Western Way. At the next roundabout take the 2nd exit onto Old Tiverton Road and take a left onto St James Road. The ground will be on your right.
Postcode for satnavs is: EX4 6PX
Supporters are likely to arrive into Exeter St Davids or Exeter Central via train. There is a local train service available at both stations to St James Park which is next to the ground.
There is limited parking around the ground with a residential parking scheme in place on the nearby roads. Street parking is the best option or alternatively you can register to park on someone’s driveway via https://www.yourparkingspace.co.uk/exeter-city-parking
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