Dylan Adjei-Hersey has dreamed of playing at Plough Lane ever since he joined us, but the young forward is fully focused on making sure it becomes reality by getting the better of AFC Sudbury tonight (7.45 pm kick-off).
Dylan, who scored in Wimbledon’s narrow FA Youth Cup defeat at Sheffield United just over a year ago, knows that a long-held ambition will be achieved with a victory in Suffolk as it would secure a home tie at Plough Lane versus Burnley.
“It’s crazy, I’ve been here for eight years now, and that was the thing that was being said at the time I joined, so to see what the fans have done is amazing,” said Dylan. “If we win at Sudbury we get to play there against Burnley, which would be amazing. For now, our focus is on the Sudbury game, and we are not worrying about what’s in the future. We just need to get that 90 minutes done with and then we can move on.
“Most of the time we are underdogs, so we are going to go into the game and treat it like any other match, and make sure we come home for Christmas in the next round. We respect what Sudbury did in the last round, but we also know what we are capable of, and we are going to go there and do what we need to do.”
There has certainly been a feel-good factor in the academy this season with Wimbledon’s young talents having recently earned national silverware by beating Rotherham in the final of the EFL Youth Alliance Cup (the picture above shows the boys celebrating that fantastic achievement).
“We’ve all been buzzing. We’ve been training hard as we’ve obviously got a big game coming up. We are not going to treat them like they are a non league team, we are going to treat the like any other team, and make sure we get though to the next round.
“We know what their threats are, but we just need to play our game and not get embroiled in any of the chaos that’s going to be within the game.”
Click on the link below to watch Rob Cornell’s full interview with Dylan.