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Championship Preview: MK Dons

18 June 2015

It’s fair to say every PNE fan knows what happened with MK Dons last season.

To remind you, Preston and the Dons battled it out for the second placed spot in League One for much of the season – with the latter snatching the final automatic spot from under the Lilywhites noses on the final day.

Of course Preston did it the hard way and secured their place in the Championship through the Play-Offs, but Simon Grayson's men will be still be looking to get one over the Dons when the pair meet for the second game in the Football League calendar.

Manager Karl Robinson is expected to start the 2015/16 campaign as the third longest serving manager in the Football League having spent over five years at the Buckinghamshire side, and will be anxious to experience his first taste of Championship football as a manager.

But it looks like he’ll have to do it without the pedigree of Deli Alli who agreed to join Premier League Tottenham Hotspur last January at the end of the season, but nonetheless MK Dons will be looking to strengthen as they get set for their first season in the second tier of English football.

Head to Head

Preston: 2
Draw: 6
MK Dons: 0

A lot of North Enders will tell you that MK Dons away last season was their best away day of the 2014/15 season, and it’s easy to see why.

Going into the game, the pair were pretty much neck in neck in the run in for automatic promotion.

But 2,000 Preston fans witnessed North End record a huge win over their promotion rivals, with on-loan Callum Robinson giving the visitors the lead on 64 minutes.

And it took just a further four minutes for Joe Garner to double Preston’s advantage meaning the North End faithful headed back up north with smiles on their faces after the final whistle.

That win was just Preston’s second against MK, with six draws shared between the pair, although the Dons have never beaten Preston since their formation in 2004.

The Stadium

Opening in 2007, Stadium:mk is one of the most impressive stadiums in the country and after finally adding the seats to the top tier, the ground has the capability of holding 30,000 spectators.

Last season saw the stadium record its highest attendance for football with just under 27,000 people witnessing the Dons 4-0 demolition of Premier League giants Manchester United in the Capital One Cup last August.

Played For Both

Only two players have played for the white of Preston and MK Dons, with Allan Smart and Craig Morgan spending time at both clubs.

Now retired Allan Smart spent two years at PNE from 1994 and 10 years later, he had a short yet relatively productive spell at MK Dons with four goals in 18 games.

Morgan on the other hand played for the Dons before joining North End in 2010, making 50 appearances for Preston.

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