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Match preview: MK Dons vs Bury

16 March 2018

Bury will travel to Milton Keynes on Saturday knowing that returning home with all three points is crucial in the battle to beat the drop.

The Shakers have been left feeling frustrated after only collecting one point from the last two games, despite dominating both matches and creating enough chances to pick up the maximum available.

Ryan Lowe will take his team to one of his former haunts knowing it will be an entertaining but difficult game “They’ll be on a high after beating Rotherham, who are a good team.  Taking 3 points off Rotherham is a big plus for them.  We know what’s expected, they’re in a similar situation to us in terms of they need as many points as they possibly can, so it’s going to make for an interesting game.  We’ve got to go there and look to get 3 points.  If we can carry on with the performances that we’ve been doing but ultimately put the ball in the back of the net then hopefully we’ll be OK”.

On-loan Brighton midfielder Rohan Ince also stressed the importance of picking up the win: “It would be massive, massive 3 points.  I think every game now we need to win, so every game we’ve got to go with the same attitude no matter who we’re playing – it’s an important game”.

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Domestic iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary of Saturday’s game by signing into their account and visiting the match centre.
Overseas subscribers can watch the match live by following the same instructions. We will also have updates over on our Twitter account: @buryfcofficial. There will be post-match reaction on the website, iFollow and our official YouTube channel, with highlights to follow.


Saturday’s referee is Gavin Ward. This will be Gavin’s 38th game in charge this season. In his previous 37 games, he has issued 99 yellow cards and 4 red ones.  His last game in charge was last Saturday as Coventry City were 1-0 winners over Barnet at the Ricoh Arena.  2 yellow cards were shown in that match.

We’ve Met Before

Saturday’s game will be the 12th meeting between the sides in all competitions. Of the previous 11, the Shakers have 2 wins to MK Dons’ 6, with 3 draws.

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Match Reports

Match Report: MK Dons 2 - Bury 1

17 March 2018

Chuks Aneke scored twice from the penalty spot to secure all three points for MK Dons at a snowy Stadium MK, despite a late goal for the Shakers from George Miller.

Ryan Lowe made three changes to his starting line-up with Craig Jones, Neil Danns and Adam Thompson paving way for Phil Edwards, Nathan Cameron, and James Hanson.

Harry Bunn had the first attempt at goal in the opening eight minutes of the game after George Miller played him through on the edge of the penalty area, but his shot was easily held by Lee Nicholls.

From the chance MK Dons quickly countered before Robbie Muirhead forced Connor Ripley into saving down to his left, with the ball finally being cleared to safety.

The Shakers looked the more likely to find an early goal after applying pressure early on, but after 10 minutes it was the home side that took the lead as Peter Pawlett was felled inside the box by Phil Edwards, with referee Gavin Ward pointing straight to the spot. Chuks Aneke stepped up, and calmly slotted the ball into the bottom corner after sending Ripley the wrong way.

The Shakers were looking to get on level terms as Phil Edwards delivered a good ball into the box but Nicholls managed to rise above James Hanson to safely collect the ball.

As the snow continued to fall at Stadium MK, Robbie Muirhead flashed a sneaky cross into the Bury box from the left-hand side, but no one was there to get on the end of it.

On the half-hour mark a brilliant flick on for Miller from Hanson saw the young striker push into the box and attempt to unleash a strike after shifting onto his right foot, but some solid defending from Elliott Ward saw the opportunity blocked.

Dan Micciche's side were looking to double their lead just before the break as the ball fell kindly to Osman Sow outside the area. He worked his way into the box and found himself one-on-one with Ripley. Ripley made himself big as Sow pulled the trigger but he could only find the side netting from 10 yards out on the left-hand side of the box.

HT: MK Dons 1 - Bury 0

Ryan Lowe made two changes at half-time with Club Captain Stephen Dawson replacing Harry Bunn and Neil Danns replacing Rohan Ince.

Five minutes after the break, Greg Leigh skipped passed four men down the left flank before playing through Hanson inside the box, who looked destined to put things level, but he was challenged just as he was set to pull the trigger.

The second-half started the same way as the first for the Shakers, as they found themselves on the wrong end of a penalty decision, as substitute Brandon Thomas-Asante was brought down inside the box. Once again Chuks Aneke stepped up and calmly placed the ball into the net, sending Ripley the wrong way.

The Shakers continued to go in search of a goal as Jay O'Shea found Miller inside the box, but his powerful effort forced a good quick reaction save from Nicholls, denying the Shakers of the goal they needed.

Bury didn't give up and their patience was soon rewarded. Some superb link-up play on the left between Danny Mayor, Chris Maguire and Greg Leigh saw the ball find its way to Hanson deep inside the box, with his header back across goal finding Miller, who headed home from close range to give Bury a deserved goal.

Chris Maguire came close to finding a late equaliser as his powerful free-kick from around 30-yards out looked goal-bound, but Nicholls managed to get to it to deny the Shakers a deserved point.

After five minutes of added time, it was the home side that managed to secure all three points and their second win of the week.

Full-Time: MK Dons 2 - Bury 1

Attendance: 9247 (Bury: 277)

MK Dons: Lee Nicholls, George Williams, Dean Lewington ( C ), Scott Wootton, Ed Upson, Osman Sow ('54 Thomas-Asante), Chuks Aneke ('85 Ebanks-Landell), Peter Pawlett ('71 McGrandles), Elliott Ward, Robbie Muirhead, Callum Brittain

Unused Subs: Wieger Sietsma(GK), Ousseynou Cisse, Kieran Agard, Ike Ugbo

Bury: Connor Ripley, Greg Leigh, Danny Mayor, Phil Edwards (Maguire '59), George Miller, Jay O’Shea, Nathan Cameron ( C ), Rohan Ince (Neil Danns), James Hanson, Harry Bunn (Stephen Dawson), Peter Clarke

Unused Subs: Joe Murphy (GK), Andrew Tutte, Adam Thompson, Callum Styles

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