Friday, 26 January 2018

That Preview Thing: Milton Keynes Dons

I know I said I ditched previews a while back in place of the weekly opinion piece but this week I was stumped as to what to do, there was no burning voice in my brain saying "You must share your fairly controversial views" for once because, well, there's not really much to moan about. I'm not sure I like that, it doesn't feel right. Basically, all that has been on my mind City wise was also my motivation for getting through the week, MK Dons away in the FA Cup. So basically, when big games like this come round I'll just have a bit of a chit chat with myself about whether I fancy our chances.

It's just very exciting isn't it? Cup fever has hit Coventry for the second year in a row, but this time it's an actual respected competition which people won't slate us for going to. Proper big boy stuff. There's so much hype that there is in fact going to be more in that away end on Saturday than there were in our home end at the Ricoh for the Swindon match last weekend. That's not me calling our fanbase fickle or anything, just, wow. I really didn't need to do the propaganda post a couple of weeks ago urging people to turn up given how quickly they sold out.

Last Time Out

The Swindon match was a big occasion for a few reasons, Maxime Biamou scored his first goal, which is huge in itself before you even see how much of a worldie it was. It was the first time we beat the visitors since we've been at the Ricoh, completing the double this season over our 'bogey team'. Most important of all, we gave City legend Cyrille Regis a big send off in a big 3-1 in the league. We're edging ever nearer to the back end of the season and we're still no closer to knowing who the hell is making up 2nd to 7th. A small part of me wants to say we should focus on that but the rest of me is bashing that part down screaming that we're going to go to Wembley.

Last Meeting

Milton Keynes Dons 1-0 Coventry City
O'Keefe (51')
Saturday 18th March 2017
Sky Bet League One

We love a good trip to Stadium:MK, however this absolutely isn't a good representation of the joy we've had there. It was Mark Robins' first away game back in charge and he was still trying to get Russell Slade's bunch of misfits to kick balls properly, we very much mediocrely got defeated 1-0. Usually that would have been our big day out, but with Wembley 2 weeks later I don't think too many people cared, especially as we were already pretty much down at this stage. Still, 3 days later we started our upward trajectory of 24th to 23rd with our first win in donkeys years.

If you want to really get excited for the weekend then pretend this was the last time we faced them:

Milton Keynes Dons 1-3 Coventry City
Williams (45+2')             Dagnall (66')
                                        Maguire (86', 90')
Saturday November 30th 2013
Sky Bet League One

7,500 City fans oversaw one of the best away games in recent years, we equalised with a massive deflection from Chris Dagnall. Then late on we won a free kick, loanee Chris Maguire stepped up, beat them wall and found the bottom corner. It was a great goal to score with just 4 minute remaining. Then, in injury time, he only went and did it again, and somehow it was even better. What a day it was, now we're taking a sold out allocation of almost 8,000 and we have a dead ball specialist in the side, who just happens to be his namesake. So if Jordan Maguire-Drew pings in a late free kick you know who to thank.

Potential Starting XI:





I can't see us making many, if any, changes to the side that defeated Swindon 3-1, why should we? Peter Vincenti apparently may be fit to start but I think I speak for most people when I say that it would probably be for the best if we were to leave him out for this game. Liam Kelly isn't far away either from what I've heard but I still struggle to see where he would come in unless there was a formation change. Josh Barrett and Ryan Haynes are two players who are probably most in line for a place in the team with Shipley the most likely candidate to leave.

The Opposition

Everyone's least favourite franchise club are struggling in League One this season and after last weeks defeat to Northampton they find themselves in the relegation zone. Since then they've sacked Robbie Neilson and have taken a massive gamble by bringing in Dan Micciche, someone who has never managed a club in his life. He has only been involved in the England u16 set up. This is going to be his first game in senior football. He has absolutely no experience, which scares me to death. There's no way of knowing what will happen, it could be a shambles of an appointment but it could be a masterstroke. Even Sir Alex Ferguson had to start somewhere...


We've already shown what we can do in this competition by knocking out Stoke in the Third Round, plus we've been in great form. The situation for the hosts is quite the opposite, they're playing extremely poorly. We have an actual chance here, and that's not just my natural optimism seeping through. Above all else there's a serious chance that we could have more fans than them and we'll certainly provide a better atmosphere. The players will be well up for it. I completely believe we have huge chance to be in the Fifth Round.

Milton Keynes Dons 0-2 Coventry City

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