HEAD-TO-HEAD: Dons out to tame the Shrews

Daniel Powell scored the winner against Shrewsbury on opening day. Pic: Lee Scriven
Daniel Powell scored the winner against Shrewsbury on opening day. Pic: Lee Scriven
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MK Dons will need to get back to winning ways against fellow relegation battlers Shrewsbury on Saturday if they are to get vital distance between themselves and the drop zone.

Defeat at Stadium MK would see Dons drop below the Shrews in League 1, with the potential to fall within just two points of the trapdoor.

Dean Lewington could return to the starting line-up on Saturday.
Pic: Lee Scriven

Dean Lewington could return to the starting line-up on Saturday. Pic: Lee Scriven

Dons haven’t scored in their last three matches, losing two and drawing once, while Shrewsbury have lost just once in their last eight matches - a run which has seen them climb out of the relegation zone.

"They're doing well, they've got good pace in the wide areas, and have a good attacking threat," said Dons boss Robbie Neilson. £They're in form, but that happens in this league. They've got a bit of consistency, but that always come to an end and I hope it does here on Saturday."

Neilson welcomed back Dean Lewington and Darren Potter last week, with the pair back from injury and suspension respectively, while Joe Walsh also returns this weekend having spend two games sidelined through suspension, and Ben Reeves is likely to be in the squad after training this week.

Neilson added: "(Reeves) trained with us last week, but wasn't ready for Fleetwood, but he's ready. It's a case of trying to manage him. He's had niggling injuries for a few years, so we have ot try and get him through as many games as we can. He will be available on Saturday."

Neilson’s side however hold a narrow edge over their Shropshire opponents.

In the nine league meetings between the two sides, Dons have won four of them, losing just twice.

The most recent victory came on the opening day of this season as Dons made a winning return to League 1 as Daniel Powell scored a second half winner in a 1-0 win at Greenhous Meadow.