Milton Keynes owner Pete Winkelman has defended his club’s decision to only allocate 2,028 tickets to Wycombe Wanderers for the second leg of their League One play-off semi-final.

The fixture, which will take place at MK’s 30,500-seater stadium, Stadium: MK, will also see the travelling Chairboys fans separated in the top tier of the ground.

The Wycombe faithful will be sectioned in the north end of the multi-million-pound arena with 1,261 fans being based in the North East, and 767 in the North West.

However, it has since been revealed that an extra 200 tickets for travelling supporters were given to Wycombe, although the number was still criticised for being too low amongst fans and pundits.

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Winkelman, who spire headed Milton Keynes’ controversial place in the EFL in 2004 at the expense of Wimbledon FC who dissolved after entering administration, told BBC Three Counties Radio: “This is about sporting advantage.

"Just because we have a big stadium it isn't there to be of benefit to everybody else.

"It's very clear that in the play-offs, it's about home advantage.

“We finished third, which means we have our home game last, and we want to keep that sporting advantage because it really matters to Milton Keynes that we go up."

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The 64-year-old also revealed that he had spoken to Wycombe’s owner, Rob Couhig, about the number of tickets that would be given to the Adams Park club ahead of the match on Sunday, May 8.

In the other semi-final between Sunderland and Sheffield Wednesday, both sets of away teams will also get 2,000 tickets each.

Mr Winkelman continued: "I've made sure in conversations with Rob (Couhig), the owner of Wycombe, that the 2,000 tickets will all be available to fans.

“Normally the allocation for players' tickets and staff come out of that 2,000 - we've added that on top to make sure we're completely and utterly fair.

"When it was third against fifth (during the season), Wycombe only brought 1,500 to us so we've got no problem with the amount of tickets we've made available.

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"We're giving more tickets to Wycombe fans than anybody else is getting in these play-offs and significantly more than we are able to take to Adams Park.

"I'm confident I am doing the right thing for my football club because I want my players and my manager to have the very best chance on Sunday."

Since moving to Stadium: MK in 2007, only three fixtures have nearly seen the club’s ground reach full capacity.

All three games came in cup matches against Manchester United in 2014, Chelsea in 2016, and Liverpool in 2019, respectively.

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Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth also spoke about the ticket situation at MK following his side's 2-0 win in the first-leg at Adams Park on May 5, where nearly 9,000 fans attended.

He said: “I really hope that everyone who wanted a ticket got a ticket [against MK on May 5] as we filled up Adams Park and it was brilliant.

“And I am really hoping that they’ve got their tickets for MK too.

“I know only 2,200 were given, which I’m gutted about as I wanted more and I am sure the Wycombe fans wanted more, but, MK are fearing Wycombe which is a crazy thing to say.

“But our fans have been brilliant and they do get behind us, especially from home as this place was rocking.”

The match will take place on Sunday, May 8 with a 6.30pm kick-off.