James Honeyman is looking for his MK Dons Ladies side to step up and be counted as they aim to cause an upset this Sunday in the SSE Women’s FA Cup.
Honeyman believes his side can pose a challenge to a high-flying Coventry side, saying: “We have had solid weeks of training and have been preparing for the game for a while now.
“We look in good shape, I know the team are very much looking forward to the challenge.
“I want us to implement our game plan as well as for individuals to step up and be counted.”
Both sides go into this cup tie in impressive form. The Dons ended 2016 unbeaten in their last 7 games of the year, which included picking up vital wins against Stevenage, Ipswich Town and local rivals Luton Town. This impressive run of form has placed the Dons in third place in the South East Division 1, two points behind the league leaders Cambridge United.
Coventry, who are in the Southern Division, are currently second in their league, but are pushing for top space as they’re only three points behind leaders, Tottenham Hotspur. Coventry have won eight of their ten league games this season to put themselves in that position.
They will be the first team from a higher division to play the Dons in the SSE Women’s FA Cup this season. The Dons have beaten Actonians, Queens Park Rangers Girls and Hemel Hempstead Town to get this far. Coventry United, meanwhile, saw off West Ham United to get to the second round.
The second round is already the furthest the Dons have gone in this competition in their history, so a win against Coventry United would set a new benchmark for the club.
Honeyman said: “We are very proud of our performance so far, but we enter every tournament to win it.
“We are taking it one game at a time and seeing where it takes us.”
The Dons have a full squad available to them.