It hasn’t been a great season for MK Dons so far. The Don’s home record has been especially poor – 2 wins, 3 draws & 8 defeats from 13 home games. They are better away from home (13 points from 12 games on the road). They have comfortably the worst home record in the league. Their poor home form didn’t prevent them winning 1-0 against Rovers on Boxing Day, in the reverse fixture.
The Dons are in 22nd place in the league, 1 place and 1 point above Rovers and with a game in hand. This is a big change from last season when the Dons made the play-offs, narrowly missing out on automatic promotion to the Championship.
But there were some signs of a revival at Stadium MK. The club sacked their manager, Liam Manning, on the 11th of December after a 2-1 home loss to Fleetwood. Last season Manning guided the club to 3rd place in the league and a play-off spot, but this season things had not gone so well. Some say the recruitment policy in the summer was odd, with too many punts on unproven players (14 new recruits came in). The club also lost players who had been key to their success last season, for example Scott Twine who moved to Burnley. Captain Dean Lewington was in interim charge as MK searched for a new boss.
In his first game in charge, Lewington masterminded an impressive 2-0 win away at Portsmouth. On 23rd December MK appointed former Leeds 1st team coach Mark Jackson as their new manager. Jackson immediately gained a first home win in 4 months as they beat Rovers 1-0 on Boxing Day. Since then they have had successive losses away at Peterborough and Plymouth and, most recently, a 0-0 home draw against Lincoln.