A look ahead to this evenings game at Stadium:MK
MK Dons v Bury
Tuesday 27th September 2016 – 7:45pm
EFL Sky Bet League One
Preview: Former MK Dons skipper Antony Kay leads his new side into his first return to Stadium:MK on Tuesday evening. Following his departure from Milton Keynes at the end of last season, Kay has claimed the skipper’s armband and has, thus far, started every single game for the Shakers, one of only four players to do so. With over 150 appearances as a Don’s player “Kaysey” will be keen to get one over his former employees.
Dons manager Karl Robinson speaks highly of the Shakers skipper in his pre-match interview on their official website and rightly so. Kay has proved to be something of a rock at the heart of the Shakers defence and his last gasp challenge during Saturday’s game with Chesterfield not only lifted his team-mates, but also visibly lifted the die-hard Shakers supporters. Tom Pope’s last minute goal saw Bury jump to second place and has grabbed the headlines, but Kay’s challenge some ten minutes before the final whistle was just as much a match winning moment as Pope’s headed goal.
Another former MK Dons player is also amongst the Shakers line up and Zeli Ismail is looking forward to returning to Stadium:MK, perhaps more so than Kay. Zeli freely admitted that he has a point to prove to the Dons supporters, suggesting that, maybe, they never saw the Zeli Ismail that has quickly become a firm fans favourite at Gigg Lane, with some supporters claiming he’s a better product that the great David Lee.
A fleeting appearance during a six-month loan back on the 2012-13 season, some three years ago, also suggests that Zeli is a different player to one that graced Stadium:MK all those years ago. Supporters have found themselves a new favourite and if his performance on Saturday is anything to go by, and his post-match interview – then we are still to see the best from the former Wolves winger.
This run of form breeds confidence, it brings team spirit and it brings a togetherness that has not been seen for around the club for around five years. There is a similar feeling to the 2010-11 squad, that team spirit and togetherness from that season is back and, to be truthful, it’s probably better than we saw when the Shakers grabbed promotion at Chesterfield that sunny Easter weekend.
Momentum is key, but the gaffer and his staff are quick to play such things down. It’s one game at a time, one day at a time. Tom Pope stated, in his post-match interview, that he didn’t even know who we play on Saturday such is the focus on the next game and the next game only.
Karl Robinson describes Bury as “a team full of threats, with two horrible strikers to play against, two wingers that can break any team down, two midfielders that have plenty of experience at a much higher level and a solid back four”. He knows what to expect.
Nobody in the Shakers camp is surprised by the start to the season, some supporters have been surprised, many pundits in the media have also been completely surprised by the Shakers start but, to anyone in and around the first team, it remains one game at a time.
Injured players are returning to strengthen the side with Neil Danns, Kelvin Etuhu and Andrew Tutte all back in the mix. Danny Mayor missed the weekends win against Chesterfield and could be set to be given the all clear for a quick return to the side for this game. The manager, all of a sudden, has a major headache to resolve. How does he fit so many players into a side containing just eleven players? Who’d be a manager?!
Bury have the distinction of recording the first ever win at Stadium:MK and scoring the first ever goal at Stadium:MK. They upset the form books that day and so far this season, they have upset the pundits tips and predictions. None of those pundits are involved in the day to day running of the squad but, slowly, they are starting to realise that maybe something is happening at Bury these days.
Belief is a strong word in football and it’s running thick through the veins of every single person at the club. They believe in each other, they believe in the manager and they most certainly believe in what they can achieve.
Fans will be watching and waiting on the result at Walsall v Scunthorpe and Saturday may still prove to be a First v Second, top of the table clash, but in what order…
Betting: The Shakers are 12/5 to claim all three points from Stadium:MK, whilst hosts MK Dons are 11/10. A draw is on offer at 5/2.
Top Five Tips for Tuesday’s game:
1. MK Dons 0 Bury 2 – 11/1
2. Tom Pope to score first – 7/1
3. Tom Pope first goal and a 2-0 win 80/1
4. James Vaughan to score anytime – 2/1
5. Pope and Vaughan to both score – 17/2
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Referee: Tuesday’s referee is Mr Darren Deadman from Cambridgeshire. So far this season, Darren has taken charge of eight games, showing 31 Yellow cards and one Red card. His last game was at the weekend when he took charge of the EFL Sky Bet League One game at Glanford Park between Scunthorpe and Sheffield United, the game finished 2-2 with six Yellow cards and one Red card.
Darren’s last game involving the Shakers was a 1-0 victory at Swindon Town last season. A Danny Mayor header gave the Shakers all three points and four Yellow cards were shown during the game.
Coverage: We’ll have full match commentary via Shakers Player HD with Maurice Dickson and Gordon Sorfleet in the Press Box and the lads will be on air from around 7:30pm. We’ll also have full coverage of the game with updates via our official Twitter account (@buryfcofficial). Team news from the game will be posted just as soon as we have it via Social Media (Twitter, Facebook and Instagram). Our match report, as well as video interviews with the manager and key players from the game, will be live on Shakers Player HD as soon as our media staff are back from the game. Wednesday lunchtime will bring extended highlights on Shakers Player HD with goal highlights going live on our YouTube Channel.
Ticket and Travel: Click here for full details: For those making their own way to the game, the post code for Sat Nav is MK1 1ST and the MK Dons visitors guide can be found here:
Finally...plenty of noise, again, please from those travelling down to Buckinghamshire – Be Loud – Be Proud – Be Bury!
Enjoy the game!