Before we look at this weekend’s referee a quick mention and rating for our ref at Exeter City Mr Ben Toner, no complaints from us, defeat was all our own doing, so a tidy 9 from us for Mr Toner.
This coming Saturday we are thankfully back at home after two weekends that saw the team and the fans travel over 800 miles for mixed fortunes.
Our man in the middle is no stranger to SMK, Scott Oldham from Lancashire, so just a piddling little round-trip journey of 380 miles and about 7 hours driving, nice one EFL.
Mr Oldham has been the man in the middle on 6 occasions so far this season booking 16 players, no double yellows, or reds and just 1 penalty awarded.
We saw Scott on two occasions last season, and both went the way of the Dons with memorable results, but can you recall who scored in our 1-0 win at SMK over our Buckinghamshire rivals Wycombe, and a 2-1 win on the road at Portsmouth, more on that at the bottom of the page.
Ref Oldham oversaw 34 games last season and averaged 3 bookings per games with 100 bookings, 0 double yellow offences and just 2 sending off’s, in addition he awarded 5 penalties.
On Saturday he will be assisted by Grant Taylor and Conor Farrell, with Declan Ford as the 4th Official.
Right back to the goals then, the scorer of our goal against Wycombe was Troy Parrott from the spot, he was upended in the box by Anthony Stewart who received his marching orders for denying a clear goal scoring opportunity, Troy picked himself up and coolly slotted past Stockdale.
The Portsmouth game was a superb victory for the Dons. Matt O’Riley intercepted a pass out from the back and teed up Mo Eisa to break the deadlock, then Wolves loanee Theo Corbeanu doubled the lead on the stroke of half-time with a ferocious strike from the edge of the area that crashed into the net off the underside of the crossbar. George Hirst pulled one back for the hosts on the hour and Jamie Cumming on his debut pulled off a wonder save in injury time to deny Pompey a share of the spoils.