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TEN changes to the side tonight for MK Dons as Graham Alexander makes wholesale changes to his side for the EFL Trophy game with Oxford United. Only Warren O’Hora keeps his spot as Michael Kelly, Joe Tomlinson, Jack Payne and Ellis Harrison are handed their first starts, while MJ Williams returns to the side again after several weeks out of the side.
Team: Kelly, Lewington, O’Hora, Stewart, Ilunga, Tomlinson, Grant, Williams, Payne, Dean, Harrison
Subs: MacGillivray, Leko, Gilbey, Harvie, Anker, Scholtz, Tripp
Oxford’s team to face MK Dons
Familiar faces in the Oxford ranks
Two familiar Joshes in the Oxford team tonight.
Murphy was Dons’ Player of the Year during the 2015/16 season, while McEachran departed the club in the summer, reuniting with Liam Manning in charge at the Kassam.
Oxford United - 8/13
Draw - 3/1
MK Dons - 7/2
Elsewhere in football
Former Dons keeper David Martin has signed for Southend
Dons get the game underway
3 mins: Stewart gets lucky
Ooooh lucky boy, Anthony Stewart. He looked dangerously close to being the last man there as he gets turned by Mark Harris, and the on loan Aberdeen man pulls him down and only gets a booking.
6 mins: Corner causes a nuisance
Jack Payne’s ball into the mixer causes a bit of chaos, Jordan Thorniley gets a blow to the head though as Oxford initially struggled to clear.
8 mins: Oxford head over
Dangerous cross from Greg Leigh on the Oxford left picks out a late run from Tyler Goodrham at the far post, but he can’t direct his header and it goes over the top.
Entertaining game, so far
16 mins: Dons looking decent so far
A handful of chances coming Dons’ way in the last few minutes. Conor Grant has started really brightly, and nearly danced his way through the Oxford defence but rather than going it alone, he looked to slide in Jack Payne but the Charlton loanee couldn’t take it in his stride.
He then got another bite though did Payne but his strike was gathered above the head of keeper Simon Eastwood.
23 mins: Important deflection
Ooooh Lewington just gets a touch on Goodrham’s strike to spin it just past the post, with Kelly rooted to the spot. Should be 1-0
25 mins: Dean sees the stars
To our left here is Hollywood Bowl, but it was Max Dean who spotted his name in lights there as, 30 yards from goal, he chances his arm and unleashes an ambitious strike which flies harmlessly wide
34 mins: Dean forces a save
Oxford guilty of overlaying in the penalty area there (where have we seen that before?) and Jack Payne nips in ahead of Leigh, finds Dean alongside him but the 19-year-old looks to pick his spot in the corner, but Eastwood is a good match for it
37 mins: Dean with another effort
Good chance again for Dean, picked out by Grant after the Irishman beat the Oxford offside trap. But in a similar spot to where he scored against Chelsea U21s, Dean fired well over the bar
40 mins: Tomlinson into the book
Yellow card for the former Posh man as he takes out Greg Leigh down the Oxford left. The defender’s touch took the ball out of play but Tomlinson’s clattering challenge put his side in trouble.
Josh McEachran takes the free-kick on the left of the penalty area but his cross is over everyone’s head and out for a throw on the far side
43 mins: Dangerous spot again for Oxford
O’Hora with the foul on the edge of the box, about a yard outside of it in fact. McEachran and Smith over this one for the U’s.
Smith takes it, it’s up and over the wall, clips the top of the bar!
As the sides reset for the goal-kick, Lewington is booked for mouthing off at the referee
45 mins: Into stoppage time
Three minutes to be added.
OH Ilunga ses his strike deflected wide, and from the corner, Tomlinson’s strike has all the fizz taken out of it as it bounces just wide
HALF TIME: Oxford United 0-0 MK Dons
Not many great chances but an entertaining game all the same. Smyth clipped the bar, Goodrham with a chance deflected just wide, and three great opportunities for Max Dean at the other end.
A decent half of football here.
In the picture: Dean Lewington
I wonder how many times the skipper has gone into the book for giving some lip to a referee?