Capital One Cup First Round
Tuesday, August 6th 2013
After the last gasp defeat at York, the home campaign kicks off tonight with a ‘local derby’ against MK Dons in the first round of the Capital One Cup. There was a lot of negativity following the opening day loss but with home form one of the main reasons for the trip to Wembley last season and with the Franchise making their way down the road what better way to get back on track ahead of Newport County’s visit on Saturday in League Two?!
Karl Robinson’s men kicked off their League One campaign on Saturday with a goalless draw at Shrewsbury Town and after missing out on the playoffs last season they will be hoping to get their own season up and running with a cup victory before hosting Crewe at the weekend.
This summer hasn’t seen wholesale changes for the Dons with Southampton’s Ben Reeves and Watford’s Lee Hodson the main signings so far as well as striker Patrick Bamford extending his loan spell from Chelsea until January 2014. And with injuries to a couple of key strikers it may not be a completely first choice side that the Cobblers face this evening. Whether Aidy Boothroyd also looks at his squad players is yet to be seen…
The Cobblers are still without Clive Platt and Chris Hackett but both are expected to return to training on Thursday. Midfielder Darren Carter serves his one match suspension after seeing red in the York game on Saturday whilst Lewis Hornby is struggling with pains on the right hand side of his body that still haven’t cleared up.
Dons strikers Dean Bowditch and Daniel Powell both sat out of the league opener at the weekend and will both miss out again. Dean Lewington is having a scan on his knee and Karl Robinson may turn to youngsters like Dele Ali and Tom Flanagan for this one.
04/09/12: Cobblers 1-0 MK Dons (Johnstone’s Paint Trophy)
In the First Round of last season’s JPT, the Cobblers came past the Dons thanks to a wonder strike from Jake Robinson from distance. Town would eventually reach the Area Quarter Finals of the competition.
10/11/09: MK Dons 3-1 Cobblers (Johnstone’s Paint Trophy)
In this Southern Area Quarter Final tie, Aaron Wilbraham put the hosts in front early on before Sam Baldock struck twice before the break, one a penalty, to give Dons complete control. Steve Guinan pulled one back after the break but it wasn’t enough for the Cobblers.
28/04/09: Cobblers 0-1 MK Dons (League One)
With the Cobblers only one point away from ensuring League One safety, we seemed all set to secure that status in the final home game of the season on a nervy Tuesday night. But the Dons had other ideas and Aaron Wilbraham crashed home the decisive winner meaning that Town had to go to Leeds on the final day of the season still not safe. A 3-0 defeat at Elland Road then condemned us to the drop.
16/08/08: MK Dons 1-0 Cobblers (League One)
Wilbraham was also the only scorer earlier in the season in our first away game as he scored mid-way through the second half to secure early bragging rights for his side.
The man in the middle…
Christopher Sarginson takes charge of the cup tie this evening having not been in action over the weekend. Sarginson officiated two Cobblers games last season, both of which ended in 1-1 draws (at Torquay and Morecambe). His last MK Dons game was a 1-1 draw with Preston North End in April 2012.
It’s hard to see what sort of team both clubs will put out but it’s fair to say that we need a booster ahead of Saturday so Aidy Boothroyd should have whoever plays fired up for this. Places could be up for grabs still and I think we can bounce back this evening, though it may go all the way. Cobblers on penalties!