MK Dons v Bristol Rovers Match Preview

Match Preview League One

By Simon Gray

Bristol Rovers visit MK Dons for the first time since 2011 this week.

Rovers go into the match having lost just once in their last nine matches in all competitions and secured a win in the dying moments in their last match against Gillingham but coach Steve Yates has said that Tuesday’s opponents will cause a sterner test.

“They came down last season from the Championship but they’re a good team,” Yates told the Bristol Post.

“They play good football and are well-organised, like every team in this league.

“It will be a tough game so we need to make sure we’re up and fully prepared for another competitive match.”

MK Dons go into the game having won just two games since August and have just four in the league all season but manager Karl Robinson insists that they can turn their form around, if everyone works together.

“A number of people have told me we are the best team they have played,” he told BBC Three Counties Radio.

“I’m not going to name the clubs, because it’s not fair on the managers or chairmen of those clubs, but when you get told that – my wall at home has got a big dent in it because I keep having to headbutt it every time I go home, wondering what do we have to do (to win).

“I was told this a long time ago, when things aren’t going quite right imagine someone else coming in to do your job and what would they do?

“So you have to look at what you’re doing right and wrong, and we’ve done that. Can we change this? Can we change that? Sometimes it just boils down to ‘just be lucky once, please’.”

Robinson will be without Darren Potter and Joe Walsh for this week’s match, after the pair both picked up a fifth booking of the season at Scunthorpe on Saturday.

Former Yeovil Town midfielder Ed Upson will return having missed the weekend trip with a suspension of his own, whilst Robinson has no new injury worries ahead of the Gas’ visit to stadiummk.”

As for Rovers, manager Darrell Clarke also has no new injury worries ahead of the game but striker Ellis Harrison will be pushing for a start after his winner on Saturday. Fellow striker Jermaine Easter serves the final game of his three-match suspension.


This is only the ninth time these two sides have met with Rovers winning just one of those.

MK Dons have won each of the three matches played at the stadium:mk.

MK Dons goalkeeper Lee Nicholls spent 15 games on loan at Rovers last season. Forwards Kieran Agard and Nicky Maynard have ties with Rovers’ city rivals Bristol City.


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