The last time The Imps faced tonight’s opponents Milton Keynes Dons was Tuesday 20th August 2019 at Stadium MK, in front of a crowd of 8,166 (1,350 Imps). Michael Salisbury was the man in the middle on that occasion, tonight it is John Busby.
The Imps lost 2-1 that night, with Callum Brittain scoring his first goal of the season in the 2nd minute when Keiran Agard played the ball into the six-yard box. Tyler Walker made it 1-1 in the 11th minute, assisted by Jorge Grant, but just 11 minutes later the hosts went ahead again when Jordan Bowery’s shot deflected into the net off George Williams.
Time for the Q&A! Thank you to Milton Keynes Dons supporter Dan for answering our questions!
How long have you supported Milton Keynes Dons?
My first Dons game was when I was 10, a 2-0 win against Shrewsbury in 06/07, and while to start with I couldn’t go regularly, I’ve been hooked since.
Where did you finish last season?
3rd in League Two thanks to both the best game and the most nervous game I’ve ever watched against Mansfield.
What do you think of your Manager?
Initially, I was a bit worried that we’d only given the job to Russell Martin as a way to save money, but he’s really impressed me so far and the relationship between the fans/players/staff is close to, if not as good as it was under Karl Robinson.
What are your hopes and expectations for the 2019/20 season?
I’m hoping for us to continue our impressive form under Russ and to just push as high up the table as we can. As for expectations, simply survival.
One(s) to watch?
Rhys Healey scored our goal at Sincil Bank last season, and he’s come back from injury and is bossing it, he’s easily one of the best strikers in the division. Alex Gilbey is also one to watch.
Which teams you think will finish in the top six?
Rotherham United, Portsmouth, Coventry City, Peterborough United, Sunderland and Doncaster Rovers.
Which teams do you think will finish in the bottom three?
Bolton and Southend are gone, and I’ll wear my bias hat and say Tranmere will turn it around, relegating AFC.
What are your thoughts on Lincoln City?
I spent 3 years in Lincoln and worked for the club briefly, so on a personal note, they’re one of the teams I always look out for. As a fanbase though, I think it’s well known down here what your feelings on us are and that seems to form a bit of a negative opinion of you.
What do you think the score will be?
We have won one away game all season, and that was in September, so I’m going for a 1-1 draw.
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Random fact about your Club?
Lawrie Sanchez, the FA Cup winning goalscorer of 1988, once applied for the MK Dons job.
If you could steal one Lincoln City player for your own team, who would it be and why?
Jake Hesketh. He was on loan with us last season and really settled in well. We also need more wide players.
What are your proudest and most embarrassing moments as a Milton Keynes Dons Supporter?
My proudest is the Yeovil game in May 2015. Winning comfortably to give us a shot of promotion is easily one of the best feelings I’ve ever had when coupled with Preston losing. My most embarrassed is probably seeing the fans fight one another away at QPR in 2015/16.
Who would you say is your most underrated player?
Conor McGrandles for me, he doesn’t get the praise he deserves half of the time. A close second, however, would be Dean Lewington, who a large part of our fanbase don’t seem to see just how important he is to the team.
Do you have a Supporters Trust and what role do they play at the Club?
We do, and they have been vital in improving the facilities for disabled fans, although more recently an unofficial group called Dons Action have been far more important in sharing the fans voices.
Which was your favourite match involving Milton Keynes Dons?
Milton Keynes Dons 4-0 Manchester United, for obvious reasons. I mentioned Yeovil before and while promotion to the Championship was wonderful, beating the biggest club in the world by that margin was just a night I’ll never be able to relive.
Which was your least favourite match involving Milton Keynes Dons?
MK Dons 0-2 Scunthorpe. We’ve had bigger defeats, but getting relegated to League 2 was a disaster, and we’re only just recovering from that now.
Do you have a Former Players Association at Milton Keynes Dons?
No, we don’t, although we do often give former players roles at the club. Our top goalscorer Izale McLeod is currently working behind the scenes in the corporate side of things.
What’s the best thing about Milton Keynes?
As widespread as the ‘Concrete Jungle’ comment is around the country, my personal favourite things are the green areas. Willen Lake and Caldecotte Lake especially are a nice, peaceful break from the noise in the city centre.
— Vital Lincoln City (@VitalLincoln) February 11, 2020