Brown urges Dons to keep eyes on prize

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AFC Wimbledon manager Terry Brown believes today's FA Cup tie at Bradford City gives the club a fine opportunity to make the third round for the first time in their nine-year history.

"Saturday's game is a wonderful opportunity," the 59-year-old said. "We go into the game in excellent heart and confident. It's a cliché but still true that the main thing is to ensure that we are in the draw [tomorrow] and to do that we will need to put in a top-quality performance.

"All everyone wants is to be watching the draw on tenterhooks, waiting to see who we get – but first we've got to get there. Being realistic we face a very difficult game."

Wimbledon prevailed 2-1 at Valley Parade in a League Two match in September through goals from Jack Midson and Christian Jolley, but Brown does not believe victory will have a bearing on the outcome of today's match.

"The fact we won earlier this season goes out of the window. You only need to look at Bradford's cup successes – they have beaten both Sheffield teams, Huddersfield and Rochdale this season – to see that they are a formidable force to be reckoned with."