The Dons players believe the bumper away support at Queens Park Rangers could inspire them to a famous giant killing in the FA Cup fourth round.
MK Dons are set to take over 3,000 fans to Loftus Road tomorrow afternoon for the Club’s first ever fourth round contest. The FA Cup has already been quite a remarkable season for the Dons who beat Cambridge City, AFC Wimbledon and Sheffield Wednesday on the way to set up the meeting with the R’s.
While Harry Redknapp’s side will boost multi-million pounds worth of talent on the pitch the Dons will be hoping the vocal travelling army will help get them into the fifth round draw.
Dean Bowditch, who scored against QPR at stadiummk when the two sides met in the third round last season, was in the side who lost 1-0 in the replay at Rangers in 2012 and he believes the rise in away support shows the Dons are feeling confident.
Speaking ahead of the game Bowditch said: “Last year we saw how much the FA Cup means to the players and how much it means to the fans as well and this year we seem to have gone that one step further. The FA Cup never seizes to amaze me, it’s a brilliant Cup, I still think it’s the best Cup competition in the world and it’s great for us to have had a little run.
“You can see from our FA Cup run so far, and last year as well, the fans come out and they really do support us. I think they expect us to do well as well and that is why they’re coming out to watch us because they believe we can beat QPR. They want to watch us perform and watch us beat them. It will be good seeing the away end full and hopefully we can put on a performance for them.”
Another player who believes the fans will play a key role in Saturday’s game is Alan Smith. The striker-come-midfielder is not used to being an underdog in the FA Cup but, having watched the game last year on television; he hopes the supporters can be inspirational for the underdogs.
Smith said: It does make a difference when you have a big crowd following you. I know some people say it might not, but if you have a good travelling support it will make a difference.
“I remember the Coventry game before Christmas, they had several thousand fans and it made a massive difference. When you have a support like that you want to repay them in some way.
“The support we had at Hillsborough was tremendous and knowing we will go to QPR with even better numbers is a great boost. Our fans seem to enjoy the FA Cup so hopefully we can continue to play well and perhaps dream about getting into the next round.”