For most of the first team squad travelling to The Pro-Edge Stadium to take on Cambridge City in the FA Cup with Budweiser First Round Proper will be a unique experience.
However, for ‘keeper David Martin it will be the second time he has travelled to Milton Road in England’s most prestigious competition, as he was part of a manager-less MK Dons side that beat the Lilywhites 1-0 in the second round back in 2004.
Eight years later and Martin will once again be lining up between the sticks for the Dons as they look to avoid a potential banana skin and progress into the next stage of the Cup.
Speaking before the game, the Dons’ number one said: “I played against Cambridge when I was here before so I know exactly where we’re going and what we’re expected to do.
“We only came away with a 1-0 win last time so hopefully we can get a few more goals and just enjoy playing on a Friday night in front of the TV cameras.
“The FA Cup’s a great competition and it gives us a chance to play against the bigger teams in the latter rounds so hopefully we can enjoy this game coming up and hopefully get through.
“Their players will no doubt raise their game and also the crowd as it will be a Football League team visiting their place so it will be interesting.”
Karl Robinson’s side come into the game off the back of a 3-0 victory away at Scunthorpe last weekend and 26-year-old Martin believes the team can use the win as a platform to build on ahead of a busy schedule of games.
“I think the Scunthorpe game can be a turning point as we’d had a couple of bad results before it where we just couldn’t score goals despite playing well.
“I think we always believe in our ability and we always create chances and we finally put them away on Saturday.
“Hopefully the goal scoring touch is back and I’m sure if it has we’ll be flying up the League again.”
“But for now we’re just focusing on the game. I’m sure the gaffer will name a strong team and so it’s up to us to show what we can do.”
If you’re not making the trip to Cambridgeshire on Friday then you can listen to full match commentary on MK Dons Player.
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