Young midfielder hopes for change of luck in cup
Frankie Sutherland is aiming for an FA Cup experience of a completely different kind at York City tomorrow after an unhappy debut in the competition last season.
The QPR midfielder’s 2013/14 season was in tatters last October when he was stretchered off in his first match on loan at Leyton Orient against Southport and that ruled him out for months with an anterior cruciate ligament injury.
But Frankie (pictured) has now put that behind him and after a promising half hour on his debut for Wimbledon last Saturday he’s hoping that tomorrow’s first round tie at York City will bring a change of luck.
And though Wimbledon’s 1988 triumph came long before he was born, the 20-year-old had certainly heard all about it.
“I did my ACL when I made my debut for Leyton Orient so hopefully this year I can turn it around and help Wimbledon into the second round,” said Frankie. “All the lads here have been brilliant and the manager has been great. It would be nice if we could get into the next round, especially for the supporters. I saw how many we took to Northampton and they were singing for 90 minutes.
“Wimbledon is a club with big history, particularly winning the FA Cup in 1988, and I’ve obviously heard about the Crazy Gang and stuff like that. It’s a club that everybody knows about and I’m looking forward to playing here.”
Frankie is hoping to play his part in a pivotal week for Wimbledon in knockout competitions with a trip to Bristol City also coming up in the JPT on Tuesday.
“We have to look at ourselves and aim to bounce back from the Northampton defeat,” added Frankie. “We will be right up for it, but I’m sure York City will be too so it should be a good game. I have to impress, but I want to do everything I can to help the team as much as possible. We’ve a tough week coming up with two hard games. We have Bristol City as well on Tuesday too so it’s important that we give our all and kick on.”
The full interview with Frankie Sutherland appeared on Dons Player yesterday.