Following David Artell’s appointment today, he will lead the Mariners for the first time at MK Dons tomorrow night (7:45pm) as Town look to pick up our first away win of the season.
Artell takes over after Shaun Pearson and Ben Davies steered the Mariners through a five-match unbeaten run during their interim spell in charge, the last of those being Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Blundell Park against Sutton United.
After missing out through suspension at the weekend following five yellow cards, Danny Rose returns to contention for tomorrow’s match.
Michee Efete continued his return to action by participating in training today while Callum Ainley, a former player under Artell at Crewe, has been a substitute in recent weeks after returning from the bench against Slough Town.
After suffering relegation last season, tomorrow’s opponents appointed Graham Alexander in the summer before sacking him in October with MK Dons sitting in 16th place in the League Two table.
Mike Williamson was subsequently appointed in the same month and the former Gateshead boss has improved their fortunes to the extent that they have the sixth-best form in the league over the last five matches.
Over the summer, Stadium:MK saw a lot of changes in the squad with fourteen players leaving and ten arriving, including former Burton Albion goalkeeper Craig MacGillvray, Newport’s Cameron Norman and former Charlton man Alex Gilbey.
Both Mohamed Eisa – brother of the Mariners’ Abo – and Max Dean have scored five goals, the best return for anyone in the MK Dons squad this term.
Tomorrow’s hosts have won three of their last four with victories at home against Bradford City and Swindon Town accompanying a point at Newport and three at Salford last time out.
Since the start of the season, MK Dons have lost twice at home with those defeats coming in back-to-back games against Stockport County and Harrogate Town.
The Mariners are five unbeaten in the matches since the departure of former manager Paul Hurst, under the interim charge of Davies and Pearson, with our last victory coming against Morecambe at Blundell Park.
We have won our previous two matches against MK Dons with a 1-0 League Two victory at Blundell Park in January 2019 coming two months after a 3-1 triumph in the First Round of the FA Cup.
Supporters will be able to watch David Artell’s first match in charge on Mariners TV with match passes available for £10. Viewers both overseas and in the UK will be able to watch with match passes available HERE.