In their bid for an immediate promotion back to the Championship under Gareth Ainsworth, Wycombe Wanderers looked to have kicked into gear recently, earning 10 points from the first four league games of the new year.
The Chairboys picked up victories over Charlton Athletic, Bolton Wanderers and Oxford United alongside a commendable 3-3 draw with promotion rivals Sunderland – in which Joe Jacobsen salvaged a point with a 98th-minute equaliser at Adams Park.
However, the Buckinghamshire outfit were brought crashing back down to earth in a tough clash with strugglers Morecambe last time out, as second-half goals from Jonah Ayunga and Cole Stockton handed the Shrimps a 3-2 win after Ainsworth’s side led 2-1 through Adebayo Akinfenwa and Jack Grimmer.
While they should not be too alarmed, given that was just a sixth league defeat of the season for Wycombe, it did trigger a drop to fourth spot, with the Chairboys now two points behind second-placed Sunderland and a point behind third-placed Rotherham United who hold two games in hand.
They will look to bounce back with a three-point haul on Saturday but face a tough test against an MK Dons side who sit just three points worse off.
After last season’s 13th-placed finish and the summer appointment of Liam Manning, Saturday’s visitors have taken huge strides this season, establishing themselves as playoff contenders.
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They head into Saturday’s trip having won three of their last four League One outings, firstly recording consecutive victories over AFC Wimbledon and Portsmouth before they suffered a shock 1-0 defeat at the hands of basement side Doncaster Rovers last Saturday.
Manning’s men bounced back instantly, as Scott Twine hit a 95th-minute winner in their trip to Burton Albion that looked set to end goalless on Tuesday, seeing the Dons earn a 14th three-point haul of the campaign, just four fewer than they managed in the entirety of last season.
On the back of that dramatic victory, the Stadium MK side will look to take a major scalp in their bid to strengthen their position in the fight for promotion to the Championship