MK Dons 0 Doncaster Rovers 1: Recap the game as Jacob Ramsey strikes to secure win

Jacob Ramsey struck to give Doncaster Rovers victory in a game of two halves at MK Dons.

Saturday, 7th March 2020, 11:45 am
Updated Sunday, 8th March 2020, 7:35 am
MK Dons v Doncaster Rovers

Rovers were poor in the opening 45 minutes but sprung into life after the break to deservedly take the three points. Recap the events of the game below.

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MK DONS 0 DONCASTER ROVERS 1: Final score

Last updated: Saturday, 07 March, 2020, 15:28

  • Jacob Ramsey's second half strike hands the win to Rovers
  • ONE change for Rovers. OUT: Gomes. IN: Sheaf
  • MK Dons: Nicholls: Brittain, Williams, Moore-Taylor (Reeves 85), Lewington; Houghton; Thompson (Gladwin 75), Kasumu (Mason 59); Gilbey; Healey, Morris. Subs not used: Fisher, Walsh, Poole, McGrandles.
  • Rovers: Dieng; Halliday, Wright, Anderson, Amos; Sheaf (Gomes 70), Whiteman; Sadlier, Ramsey (Blair 87), Ennis (Taylor 55); Cole. Subs: Jones, Baptiste, Blair, Coppinger, Lokilo.
  • Referee: Carl Boyeson
  • ATT: 7,880 (664 away)
  • GOAL: Ramsey (67)

TEAMS

ROVERS: Darren Moore has no fresh injury worries for this game. Reece James has made excellent progress with his recovery from a severe laceration to his shin and played for the U23s on Friday night so will not return to the senior set-up until next week. Fejiri Okenabirhie serves the final game of his three match ban.

The big question therefore is who will get the nod in the starting XI. Darren Moore will almost certainly make changes, as is his wont. Moore confirmed Jason Lokilo will be in the squad, but could he be handed his first start after impressing off the bench last weekend and for the U23s on Monday? Will Danny Amos retain the left back slot?

Possible: Dieng; Halliday, Wright, Anderson, Amos; Whiteman; Lokilo, Ramsey, Gomes, Sadlier; Cole.

MK DONS: Russell Martin has a full squad from which to select his side as Carlton Morris returns from suspension. Dean Lewington is also back after missing the draw at Rotherham United due to the birth of his daughter.

Last time out: Nicholls, Williams, Walsh, Moore-Taylor, Brittain, Poole, Gilbey, Thompson, Houghton, Healey, Nombe. 

FORM

MK Dons: WDDWLD

Rovers: WDWLLW

BETTING

MK Dons: 8/5

Draw: 12/5

Rovers: 17/10

HISTORY LESSON

Last time out: Rovers 1 MK Dons 1, December 7, 2019, League One

Cameron John's 85th minute equaliser rescued a point for under par Rovers and helped deny Russell Martin his first win as MK Dons boss.

Record

MK Dons: 2 wins (2 at home)

Draws: 4

Rovers: 5 wins (3 away)

SUBS: Jones, Baptiste, Blair, Gomes, Coppinger, Lokilo, Taylor.

And it's ONE change from the side that started the win over Wycombe Wanderers. Ben Sheaf returns to the starting XI in place of Madger Gomes, who drops to the bench. And that is the only change to the matchday 18, with Cameron John continuing to miss out.

It very much looks like a switch back to a 4-2-3-1 system too.

Ben Whiteman curls a fairly tame effort from 25 yards that is easy take for MK keeper Lee Nicholls.

MK Dons do a very good job at getting plenty of men between the opposition and goal.

Rovers are caught out with sluggish play at the back and the ball breaks to Alex Gilbey, who strikes first time for the bottom corner with Seny Dieng scrambling to get across his goal. Fortunately for the Rovers keeper, Gilbey's effort curled narrowly wide.

3.08 Horrible effort

Brad Halliday was caught out as he attempted to bring down a diagonal ball from MK. After chesting it, he tried to bring it down but saw the ball nipped away by Alex Gilbey, who then sliced a horrendous effort well wide from the edge of the box to spare Halliday's blushes and bring on some of hos own.

MK Dons race forward again through Rhys Healey on the right. He gets to the corner of the box and drills for the near post, forcing Seny Dieng to tip wide.

3.12 Good work from the hosts

As mentioned earlier, MK Dons do a very good job of getting men back. Barring the front three of Healey, Morris and Gilbey, everyone races back behind the ball, making it very difficult for Rovers to play through them.

But then they transition superbly with midfielders Thompson and Kasumu quickly joining the front three and giving them plenty of options in the opposition half. This is a hard-working and well organised opposition and you can see why they are doing so well on their large home pitch.

Carlton Morris is the latest MK player to get in behind Rovers and he draws a decent save from Seny Dieng, made with his feet.

It's all the hosts at the minute.

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