Where has it all gone wrong at MK Dons?
With their recent loss to Charlton Athletic, MK Dons are starting to struggle in League One. Currently in 22nd place, where has it all gone wrong for Dan Micciche's men?
Founded in 2004 the Dons are only on 30 points from 32 games. With the season surpassing so many games there is only a certain amount of time left to pick up insurance points. In a relegation battle, it will be a hectic finish to their season if they can't sort out their problems anytime soon. Losing their last six matches (five in the league and dumped out of the FA Cup by League Two side Coventry City) the Buckinghamshire-based side need to find momentum and quick.
Finding themselves six points inside the drop does not sound too positive but with 14 more games to play anything could happen. The two teams below MK Dons include Rochdale and Bury while Oldham currently completes the teams filling relegation places. Hovering above them include Fleetwood, Northampton, AFC Wimbledon and Blackpool. There are only two points separating 21st to 17th place.
MK Dons manager Dan Micciche should be able to use his experience as a former England U-16's coach and try to implement his skills into saving the Dons from relegation. With the third worst attacking record throughout League One, there is some need for change. Amassing only three goals scored in their past five league games just goes to show where they need to focus. Midfielder Chuks Aneke has managed to score six goals so far while Kieran Agard has five in total. The squad goals total hasn't been enough and that is just one aspect that has cost them losses in crucial games recently.
Discipline hasn't been a strong point this season as the relegation-threatened side has received five red cards in total. This includes two against Peterborough at the end of last year. This also leads us to finding out they've somehow managed to receive 82 yellow cards during this campaign. Averaging over two bookings a game their discipline is definitely something they need to take control of.
Defensive errors is another concern as letting in 46 goals already will need to be worked on in training. Although easier said than done, this is a priority in the difference between getting relegated and staying up this season. The next fixture is probably the biggest one yet as the Dons take on Rochdale at the Spotland Stadium. There could be some serious doubts if this upcoming fixture is not won. The win would, however, spark a great confidence and possible booster into the next batch of fixtures. Kick-starting a run would be helped by travelling supporters knowing it could make or break their season. Only 119 fans made it to their last away game which ended up as a 1-0 loss at Oldham. Surely they would take a few more supporters up to Rochdale in their next match-up.
This is the magic of League One. During round 34's batch of fixtures last weekend we saw Blackpool beat promotion-pushing Wigan 2-0. Table-topping Shrewsbury were also beaten by fourth-placed Rotherham. Anything can happen in this league but MK Dons will be hoping to pull the trigger against Rochdale on Wednesday night. If they could grab the win whether it's a scrappy 1-0 win or a last-minute winner it would boost their morale immensely. It's do-or-die come midweek and hopefully for Dan Micciche and Dons fans it won't be such a nail-biting situation.