Newport County 0-0 MK Dons - Ends all square at Rodney Parade

MK Dons matchday live - Newport County
MK Dons matchday live - Newport County

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A look at Rodney Parade

Back in 2018, we arrived here and MK Dons needed flippers and armbands more than boots and shin pads.

Much nicer today!

Jonathan Leko (Photo: Pete Norton)
Jonathan Leko (Photo: Pete Norton)

Match preview

With Dons in 12th and Newport in 20th, it's poised to be an important game for both sides.

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MK Dons team news

Mike Williamson reverted to a more familiar looking side for the League Two encounter with Newport County this afternoon, after the FA Cup defeat to Reading last week.

It means four changes to the side from seven days ago, seeing Craig MacGillivray, Joe Tomlinson, Jack Payne and Max Dean return to the action, while Jonathan Leko keeps his place in the side.

MK Dons: MacGillivray, O'Hora, Williams, Harvie, Tomlinson, Norman, Payne, Grant, Gilbey, Leko, Dean

Subs: Kelly, Lewington, Eisa, Smith, Burns, Devoy, Dennis

Newport's team to face MK Dons

The home side line-up like this:

Pre-match odds

The folks at Grosvenor Sport have sent over the odds for today's game:

Grosvenor Sport - Newport v MK Dons

Newport 2/1

Draw 5/2

MK Dons 23/20

A different look?

Could be a bit of a shake-up in defence?


MK Dons get the game underway

6 mins: Nothing much to say yet

A busy game but so far, nothing really much doing in this game. Both sides struggling to make anything stick but Dons win a corner on the far side

8 mins: Corner comes to nothing

Payne's set-piece is easily gathered by keeper Nick Townsend.

9 mins: Gilbey should score

Great break from Dons, Tomlinson bursts over halfway, Gilbey points to where he wants it, the wing-back puts it on a plate for him but the skipper can't put it goal-wards.

He should put MK Dons ahead

12 mins: Big block

Omar Bogle has Newport's best chance of the game, Harvie loses possession to Lewis Payne and puts the ball into the box, Bogle finds it about 15 yards out but he scuffs at it and former Newport man Cameron Norman gets a vital block on it

15 mins: Bogle into the book

Jack Payne taken down via a headlock from Omar Bogle, earning him a booking

18 mins: Wrong side of the net

Nathan Wood is the man over as Newport look to hit Dons on the counter, he fires into the side netting though while some of the fans in the stand we're in thought it was in.

Dons do look a bit unsure and risky when playing around with it at the back

22 mins: Dean with an ambitious one

It's threatening to turn into a bad tempered affair, with the crowd's back up, but Max Dean doesn't care a jot, he has a wild volley drop just over the top of the bar from the edge of the box

25 mins: Multi-ball failure

The balls around the ground have been changed over and over, no-one seems happy with them and the referee has been over to the fourth to talk further about them. Let's see if there's any change

30 mins: Dean forces a save

Really important save from the Newport keeper as he denies Max Dean after a good attack from Dons, which also saw an Alex Gilbey effort blocked

34 mins: Morris misses the target

An ambitious pass from O'Hora put Tomlinson under pressure, Evans can nick it, the ball is worked to Morris but he hits it high, wide and not very handsome

36 mins: Bogle misses too

The big striker shoves O'Hora off the ball, breaks into the box but bends it wide of the mark

40 mins: Dons exposed on the right

As predicted, Leko is pushed a long way up on the right flank, and on a few occasions now, Newport have looked to exploit that space left vacant

Stoppage time

We'll get an added three minutes at the end here as the ref waves play on after a foul on Dean, but Tomlinson breaks into the box and fires into the side netting