Robbie Neilson is warning his players not to underestimate the threat of non-League Maidstone United as he gears his MK Dons team for Saturday’s FA Cup second round tie at Stadium MK (ko 3pm).
But the Scotsman also knows the clash provides a fantastic opportunity to progress into the third round and a potential clash against one of the big boys of English football. Maidstone are currently mid-table in the National League and are still in touch with leaders Aldershot, but they go into the weekend clash on the back of successive 4-0 defeats at the hands of Boreham Wood and Tranmere Rovers.
Neilson is looking beyond those results though, and knows they possess the talent to hurt his team, especially in the attacking department where they boast former West Ham flyer Zavon Hines, as well as former AFC Wimbledon striker Delano Sam-Yorke and ex-Charlton and Southend forward Joe Pigott.
“The important thing is it is here, we have an opportunity of a home tie and hopefully put on a good performance,” said the MK Dons boss. “We know it will be a tough game, they have three forwards that have good experience in the League, one of them has played at the top level so there are definitely goals in their team.
“But we feel if we put in the performance we did in the first half against Doncaster, then we would expect to go through.
“It is a difficut game against a tough team, who in the past couple of weeks have had a difficult time, similar to ourselves.”
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