MK Dons keeper Jamie Cumming is confident things will soon start to gel after a summer of change.

Boasting the lowest squad retention of any team in League One, MK have yet to show they can match the impressive form that saw them finish third last season.

After big names such as Scott Twine and Harry Darling were sold Liam Manning brought in 14 new signings but Cumming admits the team has yet to settle.

“I think consistency is what we have been lacking,” he said. “We have shown in patches of games what we can do. You have got to understand there has been a big turnaround in the summer but that is not an excuse for inconsistency, we all want to get better and hopefully that starts Tuesday.

“We have lots of talented players, recruitment has been good, so it is about bringing that all together, making sure it is aligned with what we are trying to do. I am confident that will come, as are the manager and staff.”

Wanderers have not won at Stadium:MK in four previous visits but Cumming believes Ian Evatt’s side are a stronger proposition than they were last season, when goals from Mo Eisa and Twine earned a 2-0 win.

“They are a strong team,” he said. “We saw last season they came on strong in the second half and they have added to that.

“They are one of the teams with one of the bigger budgets in the league so we’re expecting a test but it is one we are looking forward to.”

Manager Manning is also expecting a close game but thinks his side will have benefitted from a free weekend, with fixtures cancelled to mark the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

“They (Bolton) are a big club with big history and will provide us with a tough game,” said Manning. “They've got a lot of quality in their side, they will be well-organised and we know it will be hard.

“With that volume of games we had, to suddenly have that period off, and especially after Exeter, we're really looking forward to.”

On the monarch’s passing, he added: “It's really sad news for the whole country. She opened the stadium here, so there's a little bit of history with the club. As a country at times like these, we stick together, help each other through these moments.”