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MANAGER'S PREVIEW | MK DONS (A)

19 November 2021

BURTON Albion manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink says his returning trio are "ready to go" ahead of our trip to MK Dons (3pm).

Striker Daniel Jebbison and midfielder Terry Taylor both return to the squad following time away on international duty with England U19s and Wales U21s respectively, whereas full-back Tom Hamer’s one-game suspension has now been served and he will be available for the trip to Stadium MK this afternoon.

“They (Jebbison and Taylor) have both come back from international duty looking very good, they are ready to go and available for selection," said Hasselbaink.

“Tom is back, he had a good week of training. He isn’t somebody that misses a lot of games.

“He is someone that likes to play on the edge, has five yellow cards so far so maybe he can do better with those, but I really don’t want to take away from that competitiveness that makes him the player he is.”

Albion will still be without Deji Oshilaja and Jonny Smith for tomorrow’s game due to their suspensions, with Oshilaja ruled out for three games and Smith having served two matches of his own three-match ban.

Speaking on the opposition for tomorrow’s game, Hasselbaink says that his team will have to take the game to MK Dons.

“They will want to dictate the game from back to front and want to suck you in," said the Brewers boss.

"They are a mobile team with a lot of movement. We have to play high energy, get really close to them and take the game to them.”

“I want us to be able to change tempo in games, if we need to have high intensity then we can but also if we want to slow it down then we can also do that. It is one of the hardest things in football.”

A new member of the coaching staff was also welcomed to the Pirelli Stadium this week in the form of Head of Goalkeeping Jake Kean.

Hasselbaink said the former Blackburn Rovers, Derby County and Notts County stopper will be a very good addition to the backroom staff.

“He is very ambitious and wants to work and is also a great lad to have at the club. He is young and energised and someone that we think he will be a very good addition to our squad.”

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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: MK DONS 1-0 BURTON ALBION

20 November 2021

MAX Watters' second half goal condemned the Brewers to defeat on the road as play-off chasing MK Dons edged victory at Stadium:MK.

With not much to choose between the two sides it was always going to be a game of fine margins and Watters, who had several first half chances, finally found the back of the net midway through the second period as a through ball found him through and able to convert.

It was a touch harsh on the Brewers who rode out periods of pressure to force errors from the Dons defence but could not find the cutting edge to take any of the, mostly, half chances that came their way, particularly late in the first half.

Looking to get the Brewers away from a run fo three successive league defeats Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink made five changes from last weekend's reversat at home to Charlton. Both Terry Taylor and Daniel Jebbison returned from international duty and were restored to the starting line-up immediately, Taylor slotting back into midfield alongside Michael Mancienne and Jebbison coming straight back into attack. With Deji Oshilaja starting a suspension for his red card against Charlton there was a return to the defence for Michael Bostwick who also assumed the skipper's armband. Tom Hamer returned after his one game ban to fill the right wing back slot and there was a first league start since the opening day of the season for Jacob Maddox, the loanee pairing up with Joe Powell to support Jebbison.

Less than ninety seconds were on the clock when the home side spurned a good chance to grab control of the game. A long ball down the right channel got Max Watters in behind the Burton defence and the striker advanced deep into the Burton box before trying to slip the ball beyond Garratt but pushing it wide enough that Scott Twine could not sneak onto it at the back post.

Twine then turned provider with a sumtuous ball in to Watters and the striker this time lifted the ball beyond Garratt but without the power to go in as Ryan Leak got back to clear the danger as the MK striker looked set to celebrate.

Albion began to grow into the game after the home sides intital burst and Taylor was quick to set MAddox free in the box with Aden Baldwin getting a vital nick on the ball to prevent the ex-Chelsea man getting his shot off.

Hamer picked up an yellow card within the first quarter of an hour when referee Neil Hair adjudged him to have baulked home keeper Andrew Fisher as he looked to release the ball quickly after gathering at a corner.

The game paused for a few minutes mid way through the half when Leak appeared to pick up a blood injury after an aerial challenge with Peter Kioso and required a period of treatment before being able to continue.

Albion were closing to snatching the lead on the half hour mark when they waited patiently and picked the ball off MK as they overplayed. Borthwick-Jackson refused the easy pass and instead found Taylor in an advanced position and he quickly found Powell on the left, the winger's cross finding Jebbison in the box and the striker unable to turn it inside the post, firing just wide.

Having snuffed out the MK threat for a good while the home side started to press forwards again in the latter stages of the opening period, Watters again making inroads into the Burton box before pulling the ball across the face of goal and as they kept up the pressure a loose ball came to Kioso, the defender letting fly from 25 yards and seeing it go not far wide.

Maddox exited the game in first half stoppage time after pulling up with what appeared to be a hamstring problem meaning an early introduction for Kane Hemmings from the bench.

Half time: MK Dons 0-0 Burton Albion

The home side started the second period brightly and a flurry of corners, initiated by Bostwick's execellent block on a Kasumu cross, had the Brewers under the cosh for several minutes until Jebbison was eventually able to clear the danger.

Albion again weathered home pressure to grow into the second period and JEbbison did it all himself on 63 minutes winning possession and weaving through a couple of challenges to find himself on the edge of the MK penalty area but his composure failed him on the shot, skewing it high and wide.

When WATTERS had another chance at the other end within minutes, latching on to MAtt O'Riley's threaded pass, he showed a calm head to get goalside of his defender and calmly steer it beyond Garratt.

A good chance to equalise came Albion's way on 69 minutes but meeting Hamer's cross at the back post, Borthwick-Jackson, on the stretch could not quite volley home the opportunity.

Mancienne found in himself in referee Hair's book for a poor challenge on Kasumu, the midfielder's fifth caution of the season.

Shortly afterwards, with ten minutes remaining he was one of two players replaced as Albion pushed for the equaliser. Joe Powell joined him in heading for the bench as the energetic, fresh legs of Omari Patrick and Charlie Lakin entered the fray.

And while Albion bossed much of what remained in the game and had the home side penned in their own half a clear cut chance couldnt be fashioned to find an equaliser leaving Albion frustrated at the final whistle.

ALBION: (3-4-2-1) Garratt; Shaughnessy, Bostwick, Leak; Hamer, Mancienne (Lakin, 80), Taylor, Borthwick-Jackson; Maddox (Hemmings, 45), Powell (Patrick, 80); Jebbison.
Substitutes: Balcombe, Akins, Patrick, O'Connor, Gilligan, Lakin.

GOALS: MK DONS - Watters (65)

Referee: Neil Hair

Attendance: 9,770 (424 away)

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Ticket News

TICKETS FOR OUR AWAY GAME AT MK DONS NOW ON SALE

29 October 2021

TICKETS are on sale now for our away game at MK Dons on Saturday, November 20 (3pm kick off).

Burton Albion supporters have been allocated the North Stand (seated).  

This fixture is MK Dons Family Fun Day with ticket prices as follows:

Adults: £10
Over 65: £10
Under 18: £1
Under 12:  Free (maximum of three under 12s per paying adult)

Carers free when purchasing a ticket for a disabled supporter; disabled supporters pay the relevant age category price. Carer free if DLA or mid or higher rate PIP is received.

Supporters wishing to have the minimum number of steps should ask for rows DD, CC, BB and AA.

MK Dons request the use of face masks and asks supporters to keep two metres apart when moving around the concourse.

Note that MK Dons operate a cashless stadium – card payments only.

Parking is £8 in advance at www.parkthecarehere.com or £10 on the day. Blue badge holders can request a free parking space – spaces limited at www.parkthecarehere.com two weeks in advance of the fixture.

Book your tickets right now via our online ticket store or, if you are purchasing on your mobile phone use our new web-based app:

https://ba6.glitnirticketing.com/baticket/mobile/evlistm.php

You can also purchase tickets by visiting the Club Shop at the Pirelli Stadium or you can call 01283 565938.

Official Burton Albion away travel is available for this fixture:

Departs at: 11.30am

Price per seat: £16

Expected return time: 7pm approx

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