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ST ANDREWS: DEE IN THE PARK

Posted on: Mon 19 Jul 2010

Several first team squad members got match minutes under their belt on Saturday as the Dons took on Scottish First Division side Dundee at Dens Park.

In what was essentially a training exercise to round off an excellent week's work north of the border, Karl Robinson's squad braved the typically-Scottish conditions behind closed doors, with most players chalking up at least 45 minutes.

Having spent the week working intensively at the University of St Andrews, the squad made the short 20-minute trip to the home of the Dee for what was an extremely useful early-summer work-out and a goalless draw meant neither side went home particularly displeased.

The Dons' official pre-season friendly schedule begins at Oxford City on Thursday, but Saturday morning's game, played in teeming rain throughout, gave most the chance to really blow off the cobwebs and stretch their legs for the first time since returning to training 10 days ago.

Jude Stirling

Jude Stirling climbs above the Dee defence.

 

Almost entirely different teams took to the field in each half, with only young defender Adam Chicksen completing the 90 minutes at left-back. Loan signing Angelo Balanta gave an exciting taste of things to come with a threatening hour-long run out ahead of him, while new signing Lewis Guy also got match minutes during the second period.

Mark Carrington and Stephen Gleeson completed 70 minutes each in central midfield, a welcome boost after both finished last season in the treatment room, while Jude Stirling was another who looked assured in the first half having spent long spells of last year out injured.

On the goalkeeping front, there was half-an-hour each for Willy Gueret, David Martin and Stuart Searle, though the latter was probably worked the hardest with a couple of sharp saves late in the game.

Daniel Powell

Daniel Powell takes on the Dundee defence.

 

At the other end it was last season's leading scorer Jermaine Easter who came closest, drawing two decent stops from the Dundee 'keeper during a first-half appearance that saw him partnered by Jabo Ibehre.

Reaction to the game from Dean Lewington and Alex Rae is coming soon on MK Dons Player.

First half XI: Gueret (Martin 30); Woodards, Stirling, Doumbe, Chicksen; Chadwick, Carrington, Gleeson, Balanta; Easter, Ibehre.

Second half XI: Martin (Searle 60); Trialist, Flanagan, Lewington, Chicksen; Guy, Gleeson (Carrington 70), Leven, Balanta (Powell 60); Easter (Collins 60), Wilbraham.

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