WEEKEND POLL - MK Dons v Barnsley: Scowen aiming to play it simple in bid to keep Barnsley away from trouble

DESCRIBING himself as a combative ball-winner in the middle of the park, it is perhaps not hard to see why one-time midfield grafter Danny Wilson warmed to new signing Josh Scowen.

Barnsley boss Danny Wilson.
Barnsley boss Danny Wilson.

The former Wycombe player is seeking to make his Reds debut a little bit further north in Buckinghamshire today in Milton Keynes after being an unused substitute in last weekend’s derby defeat at Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium.

The battling qualities of Scowen, signed for a six-figure fee from the Chairboys, are likely to come in handy for the Reds, still too close to the bottom of League One for comfort and facing a stiff task today.

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Scowen, for one, is up for the fight.

He said: “I’d probably describe myself as a ball-winner, although I do like to pass it when I can. But mainly, I keep it simple really.

“Before I signed, the manager said that was why he liked me and he said that was what the team needed. Hopefully, I can add something to the team.”

On moving to Barnsley, he added: “I heard of the interest, but nothing more happened. Then, all of a sudden, my agent rang and said the bid was in and it was rapid from there.

“I was happy at Wycombe, but I knew if I didn’t take the opportunity, I’d probably regret it.”

One of Wilson’s former clubs – he was in charge from 2004-06 – could hand a debut to striker Devante Cole, who recently left Barnsley after a loan stint, having scored for the Reds in the reverse fixture at Oakwell, a 5-3 loss.

Last six games: MK Dons WWLLDW; Barnsley WWLLWL.

Referee: C Kavanagh (Manchester).

Last time: MK Dons 1 Barnsley 3; February 16, 2013; FA Cup.