Interview with midfielder after Dons survive tough test
Jake Reeves said that AFC Wimbledon showed plenty of resilience to cope with everything Sutton threw at them on Saturday, but he believes things will be different in the replay.
Speaking during an interview which can be viewed on our official You Tube channel via the link above, Jake said: “We know what Sutton have got. They have a big lad up front who competes very well, willing runners from midfield, and tricky players up front. It’s not going to be an easy match, but if we come up with our game, hopefully we should go through to the next round.
“It (the surface) was the same for both teams, but they are a bit more used to it than us. It plays a little bit faster than what we are used to. I don’t think we really got used to that until the second-half, but we dug in and made sure that we are in the hat. We need to play our game because they are coming to our patch now. We just have to finish the job.”
Saturday’s game was played at a packed stadium with vocal fans from both clubs and Jake said that he enjoyed the atmosphere created for the third round cup tie.
“The fans were brilliant from both sides, I thought it was a good tribute to the game,” added Jake. “As the manager said, one of their strengths is playing at home on a different surface. They ask questions of you and I thought the boys stood up to it. You do not want to be one of the teams that gets beat by one of the lower division sides. It was a tough game and we did our jobs. We dug in, we rode our luck at times, and it was very open in the second-half.”
Don’t forget that it’s the Emirates FA Cup fourth round draw tonight!
BBC Two will be broadcasting their programme live from Sutton United with our Chief Executive Erik Samuelson in attendance for the draw (around 7.10 pm). The draw will be made live from the BT Tower in Central London with BT Sport showing it ahead of Cambridge United v Leeds United. AFC Wimbledon and Sutton have been allocated ball number 30 for the draw.