No Dons vs Peterborough derby day to celebrate today
London Road might feel like it is a bit of a bogey ground for Dons too, but in truth, it's very tight between the sides. In 12 meetings, Dons have won five to Peterborough's six and one solitary draw - the rearranged Tuesday nighter back in January 2009.
Tensions have always been a part of the games between the sides. The pair had been battling among themselves in the promotion battles in 2007/08 and 2008/09, with Dons winning the League Two title, before Posh nabbed the final automatic promotion spot to the Championship a year later. The rivalry between the sides has bubbled on since then, with play-off semi-finals and fiercely contested league games. Off the field, a battle over the services of Sam Baldock ensued in June 2011, with the Dons striker turning down a move at the 11th hour to stay at MK Dons, and more recently, Posh co-owner R Stewart Thompson blasted Stadium MK for being an 'empty bowl stadium.'Trips to Peterborough hold a host of memories Dons fans hold dear since their first meeting back in August 2004, and also some they will want to forget. Take, for example, the 4-0 humbling against 10-man Posh in 2007 as Dons suffered a blow in their race for automatic promotion out of League Two. There was also a bizarre 2-1 defeat in September 2013, which came against nine men after Nat Knight-Percival was sent off after just seven minutes, and Mark Little earned his early bath with 14 minutes to go. Dons would get their nine-man revenge four years later at Stadium MK.
Without a doubt, their worst day in Cambridgeshire came in the 2011 and the dismal 2-0 defeat in the play-off semi-final. Leading 3-2 from the opening leg after a controversial ending, Dons were distinctly second-best as Grant McCann and Craig Mackail-Smith fired Peterborough to Wembley.
But for the bad days, there have been the good too. The 2-1 win in late 2007, thanks to goals from Kevin Gallen and Keith Andrews, helped Dons on their way to the League Two title, while the stand-out remains the thumping 4-0 win under Robbie Neilson in 2017 - not just for the scoreline, but for that Chuks Aneke thunderbolt which stamped his authority as a presence at MK Dons.
This season's meeting was likely to be a tough one for Russell Martin's side. Posh sit just three points outside the automatic promotion spots, while Dons' troubles this term see them five above the relegation zone. Earlier in the campaign, Darren Ferguson's side were rampant in a 4-0 win at Stadium MK, but with the last month of football postponed, the fate of the game that should have been played today is left to the imagination.