Captain Dean Lewington wants to continue creating memories for the club by beating Barnsley in the FA Cup with Budweiser on Saturday.
Article by Stephen Fletcher
Looking back at the impressive run the Dons have put together to get into this stage of the competition, the MK Dons full-back spoke of his pride at being able to lead his side out of the tunnel at stadiummk tomorrow, knowing it is something new for the club.
The 28-year-old said: “Reaching this point is something we have not done before, and we’ve done pretty well to get here. When you come in at the first round it’s a long old slog to get this far so it is something to be proud of. I’m looking forward to it - it’s something new and something different for us.”
Lewington, though, knows the challenge that lies ahead for the Dons and acknowledged that his side will need to give it their all in order to achieve the victory.
“When these types of games come along you can’t turn them down because it’s the first time we have ever progressed passed the third round since we’ve been MK Dons. We wouldn’t dream of weakening our team, we have to go for it.
“This is my tenth season playing football and it is the first time we have been at this stage. It is something you look forward to. It’s great to be involved in the Cup and to create memories against QPR, even to beat Sheffield Wednesday was a good result and we have to embrace the Cup.”
Lewington, though, believes Barnsley is a much different proposition to QPR, especially with the added pressure on the Dons after the result at Loftus Road and with this tie being at MK1.
Despite admitting that the Championship side are still the favourites after their great run of form, the skipper believes the squad has the quality to get the result, but knows anything could happen, as ever the with cup.
“It’s a winnable game and they will be feeling exactly the same so it should be quite an open game with both teams thinking they can get through. They have picked up in the last three or four weeks and have gone on a great run so they will be coming here full of confidence but for us it’s a one-off game and anything can happen. We definitely feel that we have got the quality in the team to get the result.
“It’s a closer tie in terms of League positions so maybe there is more expectation on us even though Barnsley will still probably be favourites. There is more expectation on us because we’re at home too, so it makes it a more difficult game and there is more pressure with every round.”