Josh Murphy handed first league start for MK Dons at Middlesbrough

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Young winger Josh Murphy has been handed his first league start for MK Dons as they travel to Middlesbrough this afternoon.

Murphy, 20, comes in for the injured Darren Potter with Samir Carruthers dropping into a deeper midfield position alongside West Ham loanee Diego Poyet.

Daniel Powell is also in the starting 11 replacing Rob Hall, on loan from Bolton Wanderers, but other than that the Dons are unchanged.

This is the first ever game between the two teams with Karl Robinson’s men coming off the back of a 2-0 defeat at home to Birmingham City prior to the international break, with Boro winning 3-1 at Sheffield Wednesday.

Middlesbrough: Konstantopoulos, Kalas, Ayala, Gibson, Friend, Leadbitter, Clayton, Reach, Downing, Fabbrini, Nugent.

Subs: Mejias, Amorebieta, Kike, Stephens, Stuani, Nsue, Forshaw.

MK Dons: Martin; Spence, McFadzean, Kay, Lewington (c); Carruthers, Poyet; Murphy, Bowditch, Powell; Gallagher.

Subs: Burns, Upson, Hodson, Aguza, Baker, Hall, Church.

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