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Keeper Lee calls for professional Dons

3 November 2016

MK Dons face non-league opposition in the First Round of the Emirates FA Cup and one player in the squad knows full well not to underestimate any opponent in this prestigious competition.

Last season, Lee Nicholls was part of a Bristol Rovers side who were knocked out of the Emirates FA Cup by Chesham United of the Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Divsion – the same tier as Saturday’s opponents Spennymoor Town.

The 24-year-old goalkeeper will not want the same outcome this time around and therefore insists the team must treat the game with the appropriate professionalism.

“You can’t underestimate any team,” Nicholls told REDDOT.

“We (Bristol Rovers) did well against Chesham but they gave everything they had, they ran themselves into the ground and although they didn’t have too many chances, they won it 1-0 in the last minute.

“(Spennymoor) are going to come up to our place and it’s going to be a big game for them - they’re going to fight for every kick.

“We’ve got to make sure we knuckle down and prepare right in the build-up. We’ve got to approach the game in the right manner and perform on the pitch too.”

Stopper Nicholls, who joined the Dons from Wigan Athletic in the summer, has been involved in every cup fixture so far this season and should he get the opportunity to maintain that record in the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday, the Liverpudlian will be more than up for the challenge.

“Every time you get to play in this tournament it’s great. It’s what you think about as a kid growing up and coming through the ranks as a youngster.

“If I do get the nod for the Spennymoor game then I’d be over the moon obviously and I’ll look to play to the best of my ability.”

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