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MK Dons v Sutton preview

26 April 2024

Sutton's bid for EFL survival goes to the last game of the season this weekend, with U's knowing that nothing less than a victory at MK Dons on Saturday will provide a chance of staying in League Two for a fourth season. Sutton will be in green.

Even that might not be enough, with U's also then relying on Crewe to win at Colchester, and for the two results to produce a swing in goal difference of at least four, and probably five with Colchester currently having scored three more goals than U's, the next criteria on which sides are separated after goal difference. If the scoring records are identical, for example with a 3-1 win for Sutton and a 2-0 defeat for Colchester, then with both games between the sides this season having finished in 1-1 draws, the next criteria would be games won, with Colchester's eleven already beyond the ten that U's could achieve with a win at Stadium MK.

For any of that to matter, though, U's must win against a side whose position of fourth in the table is guaranteed regardless of the result, and who will be looking for an immediate return to League One through the play-offs having been relegated last season. The sides drew 1-1 at Sutton in September, Omar Sowunmi's goal cancelled out by Alex Gilbey's second half strike. An ever-present in MK's side this season, Gilbey has twelve goals to his credit while another player to have impressed against U's in recent times is Dan Kemp, who scored for Hartlepool last season and Swindon earlier this season and who is now back in the MK line up.

Although MK lost their last home game against promoted Mansfield, they had picked up 22 points from their previous eight home league games and only Harrogate, Morecambe and Stockport have also taken maximum points from Stadium MK this season.

Head coach Steve Morison reports no new injury worries after last week's game against Crawley.

Referee Thomas Parsons is in his second season as an EFL referee but taking charge of his first Sutton game this season. His last Sutton appointment was the 1-1 draw at Walsall just over a year ago.

We have sold out our original allocation of tickets for the game but a further supply has been released through the MK ticketing site HEREchoosing any available amber coloured block in the North Upper Stand(blocks 28A and 29 available when this preview was written).

Advance prices are: Adults £24; Senior (over 65) £18; Under 25 £12; Under 21 £6; Under 14 £1 (must be accompanied by an adult), with now a £1 booking fee for all except under 14 tickets.

Any tickets already ordered through our own system can be collected from the ticket office at the club until 4pm on Friday, or from the away ticket office at gate 3 on the day. Tickets will be available on the day at Stadium MK, with all prices rising by £2.

Anyone not travelling can watch the game on a live stream through our iFollow system for £10, with this weekend's 3pm games not subject to the usual streaming blackout. Click here to buy a match pass.

The Supporters' Coach leaves at 10am.

For independent travellers, drivers should leave the M1 at junction 13 and follow the A421 towards Milton Keynes and Buckingham, and stay on the A421 until the Bleak Hall roundabout. Then turn left in to Grafton Street (V6) and follow the signs to the stadium. All car parking at the stadium is now booked through the RingGo system that people may be familiar with from their own local car parks. It can be booked in advance for £8 using code 63466 either by calling 0203 046 0010, using the free RingGo app, or going to On the day parking is £10 but must again be booked through RingGo when you arrive. Make sure not to park in Asda or the MK1 centre, or any other retail outlets close to the ground. There are further details on the 'Visit Stadium MK' page of the MK Dons website.

If travelling by train, the closest station to the ground is Fenny Stratford, which is a 20 minute signposted walk from the ground. A change at Bletchley is required in all cases. Leave Euston hourly at 56 minutes past the hour with a total journey time of 52 minutes, and return at 25 minutes past the hour. There is a more frequent service to Bletchley, which is a 30 minute walk from the ground, again signposted, and plenty of trains to Milton Keynes Central, which is not walkable so a taxi will be needed to complete the journey.

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Match Reports

Match report for MK Dons 4 Sutton United 4

27 April 2024

MK Dons 4  (Payne 14, Gilbey 40, Tezgel 60, Harrison 70) Sutton United 4 (Duke-McKenna 50, 75, Lakin 62, Smith 90+1)

In the end Sutton fell short of what was needed to avoid relegation, but amid the obvious disappointment at the end of the game there was an optimistic feel after a stirring second half performance saw U's sign off after three years in the EFL with a draw after three times trailing by two goals. At half time, with U's two down and Colchester a goal up against Crewe, the afternoon seemed set to end in anti-climax, but where U's could easily have allowed disappointment to take hold, instead all guns were blazing in a thrilling second half and while the draw was less than U's needed at the start it was still a hugely praiseworthy effort against a good MK side who Sutton struggled to match in the first half.

There was a bright start for U's, with Josh Coley creating space for himself on the right and seeing his shot saved by goalkeeper Michael Kelly with his legs, and Harry Smith heading over from the resulting corner, but it was MK who went ahead when Harry Beautyman stretched to intercept a Joe Tomlinson cross from the left but could only divert the ball to Max Dean, whose layoff was guided just inside Steve Arnold's left hand post by Jack Payne.

Sutton responded well, Joe Kizzi's header from a corner tipped over by Kelly, but MK always threatened on the attack and Warren O'Hora headed wide from a corner, while Arnold made a fine stop from Dean after U's had been caught napping by a quick throw in. Sutton came close to an equaliser when more good work by Coley set up Charlie Lakin, but he too was denied by the advancing Kelly. It was Coley's last involvement as he was then replaced by Stephen Duke-McKenna, a tactical switch which Steve Morison confirmed afterwards was no reflection of Coley's performance, but before the switch could take effect MK had a second goal, Alex Gilbey exchanging passes with Dean before slotting a shot beyond Arnold and in off the post.

Kelly saved from a near post flick by Harry Smith just before the break, but with news of Colchester's half time lead U's went in at half time with more than one foot in the National League. Out early for the restart, with Craig Eastmond replacing Olly Sanderson, Sutton soon gave a hint of what was to come in a highly entertaining second half as Kelly saved well from Kizzi and Omar Sowunmi, both following left wing corners, and also managed to keep out a Duke-McKenna shot after U's had forced MK In to an error as they tried to play out from the back, and Duke-McKenna seemed to have an open goal to aim at before Kelly recovered to divert the shot wide with his legs. Duke-McKenna's first Sutton goal was not long in coming, though, as he collected Lakin's pass on the right of the penalty area and whipped in a shot that flew past a surprised Kelly at his near post(above).

Sowunmi headed a good chance wide from another corner, while Arnold saved well from Dean, but on the hour Tomlinson's shot diverted off Sowunmi for substitute Emre Tegzel, who had only been on the pitch for four minutes and shot low past Arnold. Sutton replied immediately as Smith's headed Sam Hart's ball forward in to the path of Lakin, who checked inside and lashed a shot past Kelly from the edge of the penalty area, but MK thought they had restored their two goal lead when Tegzel turned in Payne's low cross but was flagged offside. They didn't have to wait long, though, as Tegzel put another substitute, Ellis Harrison, clear of U's back line and he took the ball past Arnold before rolling it in to the net.

With twenty minutes left and Colchester still ahead U's could again have been forgiven for losing heart, but there was none of it and five minutes later Eastmond and Lakin again intercepted MK's efforts to play the ball out from the back, and Tope Fadahunsi's first touch after returning from his loan at Hampton was a low cross that put Duke-McKenna's second goal of the game on a plate.

It set the scene for a breathless last fifteen minutes, with Harrison crashing a shot off the bar after again being set up by Tegzel and at the other end Fadahunsi heading in after Smith's header from a Lakin corner had hit the bar, but referee Thomas Parsons disallowing the effort for a foul by Kizzi on Daniel Harvie. U's weren't to be denied the equaliser, though, and Duke-McKenna cut in from the left and chipped a cross in which Smith glanced superbly beyond Kelly in to the net. Even then MK could have won, Tegzel flashing a shot across goal that any touch would have turned in and which only just evaded the far post, but it was Sutton who finished on the attack when a free kick on the right saw Arnold waved forward to a huge cheer from the Sutton supporters, but it was Smith who made contact with Lakin's delivery, only for his looping header to be saved comfortably by Kelly before the referee's final whistle called time on U's three years in the EFL, with the players and management acknowledging the superb backing of 860 Sutton supporters high in the stands.

Sutton: S Arnold, R Jackson(sub D Moore 74), N Adom-Malaki, O Sowunmi, J Kizzi, S Hart, J Coley (sub S Duke-McKenna 31) O Sanderson(sub C Eastmond H-T), H Smith, H Beautyman(sub T Fadahunsi 74), C Lakin. Subs n/u M Kerbey, L John, C Clay. Booked: Eastmond, Hart

MK: M Kelly, K Lofthouse (sub D Kemp 74) D Harvie, J Tucker, W O'Hora, L Bate, S Wearne(sub E Tegzel 56), A Gilbey(sub E Robson 62), M Dean (sub E Harrison 56), J Tomlinson(sub C Norman 62), J Payne. Subs n/u F Marschall, D Lewington. Booked: O'Hora, Harrison.

Referee: Thomas Parsons 

Attendance: 8.685 (860 away)

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