Bury Vs MK Dons preview: Dons travel to basement boys seeking first away win

Dean Bowditch celebrates scoring against Bury last season.
Dean Bowditch celebrates scoring against Bury last season.

MK DONS will travel to bottom of the league Bury on Saturday desperate to pick up their first win on the road this season.

The men from MK have a good record against the Greater Manchester side. In their six meetings since moving to the city, Dons have given up just four points, and before last year’s 0-0 draw at Gigg Lane, Bury’s only success came on the opening day of the 2007/08 season.

That was the first ever league game to be held at stadium:mk and looked to be getting off to a good start courtesy of a Keith Andrews strike from 25 yards giving Dons the lead. But Andy Bishop equalised just after half time, and then put Bury into the lead from the penalty spot after Drissa Diallo was shown a straight red card as Dons went down 2-1.

Dons got their revenge later that season though, thumping the Shakers 5-1 at Gigg Lane, courtesy of a Mark Wright hat-trick as they went on to claim the League 2 title.

The last time the sides met, in February, Dons came from behind thanks to a brace from Dean Bowditch to win 2-1 at stadium:mk. Former Dons loanee David Amoo had given Bury an early lead. They were also dealt a huge blow on the stroke of half time when Giles Coke was sent off for picking up his second booking.

Bury made a decent start to life in League 1 last season, having won promotion the previous season, topping it off with a 14th place finish. However, they’ve made a shocking start to this campaign under new manager Peter Shirtliff.

From their opening seven games, they’ve picked up just three draws along the way, rooting them to the bottom of the pile. Last time out, they were thumped 3-0 away at early pace-setters Tranmere Rovers.

Fans of a goalfest might well be disappointed come Saturday though - Bury have hit the back of the net just once at home, while Dons have managed the same amount on the road.

Bowditch could return to the Dons starting line-up after sitting out against Notts County on Tuesday night. Last season’s top scorer injured his shoulder in the 1-0 win over Yeovil last Saturday, and although he made the bench on Tuesday, he was never going to make an appearance. He is the only injury concern in the Dons ranks at the moment.

Odds will be stacked in Dons’ favour, seeing as Bury haven’t won at Gigg Lane since early April. This should be good news for Karl Robinson’s men, who will be keen to find their feet away from stadium:mk.

Saturday’s game at Bury is followed up by a trip to the Ricoh Arena to face second from bottom Coventry City, sandwiching the home game against Crewe on September 29. So there is no better run of fixtures to reverse the trend.