MK Dons Vs Yeovil Town preview: Something’s got to give

Dean Bowditch in the thick of the action as Dons tried desperately to equalise in the 1-0 home defeat to Yevoil in March. Below, Glovers keeper Sam Walker has luck on his side when keeping out Bowditch's penalty.
Dean Bowditch in the thick of the action as Dons tried desperately to equalise in the 1-0 home defeat to Yevoil in March. Below, Glovers keeper Sam Walker has luck on his side when keeping out Bowditch's penalty.

TWO of the league’s 100 per cent records will go head-to-head this Saturday when MK Dons take on Yeovil Town at stadium:mk.

Gary Johnson’s men have made an impressive start to the campaign. Expected by most to be involved in the relegation dogfight, they currently sit fifth in League 1 with a 100 per cent record on the road.

After an impressive 3-1 victory over Brentford at Griffin Park, Yeovil hammered four past Scunthorpe, and progressed to the second round of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy with a 3-0 win at Bristol Rovers.

Dons though have an unbeaten record of their own to maintain, winning all three of their encounters at stadium:mk this season, including a 2-1 victory over Championship opponents Blackburn Rovers in the League Cup.

However, both sides lost their last games, with Yeovil losing at home to Bournemouth, while Dons slipped up at Walsall – both by a narrow 1-0 scoreline.

In the 10 league meetings between the two sides, you cannot separate Dons and the Glovers. Each have won three times, with the spoils shared on the other four occasions.

And that was epitomised last season when Dons left Huish Park on a Tuesday night in August with a smash-and-grab 1-0 victory, courtesy of a Sam Baldock strike after 10 minutes.

The Glovers then returned the favour in March by the same scoreline thanks to Gavin Williams’ goal just before the break. Former Yeovil man Dean Bowditch saw a second half penalty saved by Sam Walker.

Last season’s encounters may be remembered more for the backs-against-the-wall defending both sides had to produce to get away with their victories, but slightly under the radar might be the disciplinary record.

Three red cards were flashed by the referees in the games between the sides – two for Dons and one for Yeovil. Both Darren Potter and Stephen Gleeson were given their marching orders in the 90th minute of each fixtures, while the Somerset side had to play the whole second half at stadium:mk without Dean Parrett as they weathered the storm to win.

There will be a couple of familiar faces coming up against their former team-mates too. Bowditch is probably the most notable figure, having swapped Huish Park for stadium:mk at the beginning of last season. Spending two years at Yeovil, he scored 25 goals and netted a further 15 for Dons last season.

And two former Dons have made themselves first team regulars for Yeovil. Dominic Blizzard and Keanu Marsh-Brown both played bit-part roles in Milton Keynes. Blizzard even signed a permanent deal after spending three months on loan under Martin Allen, before changing his mind and moving to Stockport instead after a month of pre-season training.

Marsh-Brown was an exciting winger on loan from Fulham, joining the club in January 2011 on a six month loan deal and making 17 appearances.

Dons will be favourites among the bookmakers to come away with all three points on Saturday, keen to get back to winning ways after two defeats on the spin.

And Robinson was confident when speaking in the week that – after creating countless chances in the consecutive 1-0 defeats against Northampton and Walsall – his side would be ready to give someone a hammering.