After a disappointing and humiliating 4-0 defeat at Bury on Saturday, Notts County will be relieved that they can go again on Tuesday night away at MK Dons to try and right some wrongs.
The performance at Gigg Lane was abysmal, and a 4-0 score line actually somewhat flattered the Magpies; it could easily have been more.
A number of players didn’t turn up, and despite Harry Kewell saying after the match that the team had worked hard in the week and it was just an off day, the 508 Notts fans in attendance at Bury have a lot to be worried about.
So Notts will travel to Stadium MK knowing that they must vastly improve their performance if they are to get anything out of a game against one of the pre-season favourites for promotion.
The quality in the MK Dons squad shows why they are in the automatic promotion places in League Two: Kieran Agard and Chuks Aneke already have five goals each in the league this season and are both strikers who could and have played at a higher level.
But it’s the Notts team selection that will be scrutinised after a bizarre team selection at Bury. The inclusion of winger Nathan Thomas at Gigg Lane in place of the suspended midfielder Rob Milsom didn’t work as the team was far too attack minded and lacked in the midfield area – Noor Husin or David Vaughan should come in to take the place of Milsom, who sits out the last game of his ban on Tuesday, as they are an out-and-out midfield player to offer more balance in the side.
If Notts can come away from Milton Keynes with anything on Tuesday night, then it will be an achievement; MK Dons are one of only two sides in the division who are still unbeaten at home so far, and on top of that, the Dons have won all of their last four and are unbeaten in six.
And when you look at the results between the two sides, it doesn’t get any easier for the Magpies. The two sides have played each other 14 times, of which Notts have only won once; MK have won 10, including the last five between the two.
The last time Notts played MK Dons was in 2015, the Dons won the game 4-1 and it turned out to be Shaun Derry’s last game in charge before he was sacked, County were relegated to League Two at the end of that season.
Notts will need to have a bit of luck to get a win over Paul Tisdale’s team, and a point will be a very good result. But Notts would have said the same thing against Bury last Saturday and ended up losing it 4-0, so might even need a bit more than that.
It’s about time that Notts fans got some reward on the road, Notts have only won away three times in 2018, so let’s hope it can start on Tuesday at Stadium MK.
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