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Whitney looks ahead to Dons six-pointer

2 February 2018

Jon Whitney has confirmed that new signing Krystian Bielik will be unavailable for tomorrow’s League One six-pointer against struggling MK Dons.

Polish centre-back Bielik was one of three deadline day arrivals, joining from Arsenal on loan until the end of the season.

The 20-year-old has a slight niggle and won’t be risked tomorrow – but other new recruits Jack Fitzwater and Julian Ngoy are available for selection.

“Krystian has got a slight niggle, which we knew about when we signed him,” said Whitney.

“Whether he’s right for this weekend I’m not sure – but we’re not going to risk him because we need him for the remainder of the season.

"Some of the others may start, some may not. It’s going to be an interesting one but the team we put out will be a strong team.”

Fourth-bottom MK are just three points below the Saddlers – and Whitney admits it is an important game for his side.

“You talk about six-pointers – and this is one of them,” he added.

“It helps massively if you get the win but we can’t guarantee that, we have to perform.

“Some of our play against Blackburn, we were trying to do the right things but we were a little naïve.

“We need to recognise their game plan early on and not give them a foothold.

“We didn’t do enough to get a foothold against Blackburn, which you need to do if you’re to keep a team like them quiet.

“MK have been inconsistent and will be looking for some stability and to get some points on the board.

“We’ve got to expect their A game and we’ll pick a team to entertain and play with energy, enthusiasm and enjoyment.”


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