Wednesday 2 December 2020

Fans return to The Valley

MK Dons have won only once at The Valley and if Charlton can beat them tonight in front of 2,000 fans they can go second in League One.   Let's hope things go better than they did against Doncaster.

The Evening Standard has a feature article on the return here:

The exclusion of away fans is no great penalty as the Franchisees are reckoned to have the worst ratio of away fans to home fans in the EFL.

Inevitably manager Russell Martin got his excuses in first, designating it 'a tough game'.  He elaborated: 'They are a brilliant side and expect to go into games being dominant. They are very aggressive and very intense, with a lot of energy and athleticism. Their mentality is strong, they’ve got a lot of experienced players with Championship and Premier League experience.'

Chuks Aneke and Alex Gilbey are, of course, former Dons players:

MK Dons are currently 18th in the table.  Away from home they have won one, drawn two and lost four.  They beat Barnet away 1-0 in the FA Cup at the weekend.

Fans rate Russell Martin highly, one telling Four Four Two: 'Very, very good.  He breathed a new lease of life into the team and the club after taking over from Paul Tisdale, with better football going to the "MK Way" we enjoyed for so many years under Karl Robinson.'  Presumably 'Gobby' was able to talk the talk, even if he didn't always walk the walk.

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