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Dons Gone For A Burton

There may have been no return for Francis Jeffers, but experienced Owls striker Deon Burton fired in a brace as Wednesday continued their impressive pre-season at Stadium MK.

Wingmen Etienne Esajas and Jermaine Johnson also found the back of the net as a strong Wednesday side put League One new boys MK Dons to the sword with a 4-1 victory on Tuesday night.

Francis Jeffers was expected to make his long awaited return from injury, but the former Arsenal and Everton man wasn't included in the squad, but could be ready for the weekend clash at Bury.

But the Owls had to come from behind to bag their win, with the hosts getting off to a fine start and finding the back of the net through Florian Sturm.

Dons' new boss Roberto Di Matteo may still be learning about life as a manager in England and he was taught a lesson, albeit in a friendly clash, as Esajas quickly levelled the scored on 12 minutes.

The Dutch wingman didn't feature as much as he may have liked in the blue and white last season, but could prove to be a gem for the Owls this coming season.

Akpo Sodje also continued his return from injury, and his pairing with Burton will give Laws plenty of food for thought as the former Port Vale man put Burton in for his first of the night to give the Owls the lead.

And it was the same duo who made it 3-1, Sodje opting to pass to Burton rather than shoot himself, while substitute Jermaine Johnson went on a trademark run and finished well to put the result beyond doubt.

The performance will have given the Owls boss plenty of food for thought, while the appearances of Liam McMenamin and Rocky Lekaj may also show that Laws could well be looking towards youth this term.

Owls: Grant, Beevers, Wood (c), Spurr, Hinds, Watson, O'Connor, McAllister, Esajas, Burton, Sodje
Subs: Tudgay, Boden, Gilbert, Lekaj, McMenamin, O'Donnell, Clarke, Johnson

Mk Dons: Abbey, Stirling, Regan, Lewington, O'Hanlon, Navarro, Leven, Sturm, Johnson, Baldock, Wilbraham
Subs: Howell, Fox, King, Chicksen, Dobson, Sari, Wright




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Date:Tuesday July 22 2008

Time: 10:05PM

Your Comments

another good win and good to see Sodje back and linking up well with Burton and its also good to see the competition for places keep up the good work lawsy, wilcox and mcAuley
WhoNeedsKaka
Great to see goals going in, we realise that they're league one but look what happened at Port Vale last season. I just feel that things might be a little different this time.
robc
sounds like it was a good work out and we are scoring too . hope the goals dont dry up
mick66owl
what a start,keep this going till start of season,who knows we might win first 6 games this time,come on you owls!
ecco owl
Call me cynical but we conceded an early goal again. Hope its just pre season rust. Other than that were looking good. Cant wait for the season to start now.
TarnOwl
I still want franny to get some minutes on the pitch soon! he needs some pre season match fitness, wonder if he might make chesterfield on thursday
BIG TONY
bt play chesterfield next tuesday according to official site
mick66owl
Laws will definitely be "looking towards youth" cos they'll be the back-up players this time around. A good workout once again though.
Auckland Owl
having a pretty good pre-season at the moment lads. stadium mk isnt an easy place to go to especially last season. all in all a good result. any of you going to the game at stocksbridge tommorrow night? apparantely wendy are sending a full first team. also would be good to get some feedback from the hendo signing 2m is alot of doller (in real terms 400k though)
bladesforlife1889
Doubt we'll be sending a full first team, since our OS says Laws and his men will "move on to the next chapter of pre-season at Gigg Lane on Saturday".
Auckland Owl
yeh they are auckland its already been agreed and tickets sold on that basis. im from stocky so going in my blades shirt to lob some eggs. ha ha
bladesforlife1889
Hmm, we may be talking 'guys who have played in the first team' rather than 'the first team'. We'll see :) What do I know, I'm 12000 miles away!
Auckland Owl
does mcgovern still play for MK? spose i could check their site
mansfieldowl
 

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