Flitcroft on Cup clash
Reds Manager David Flitcroft caught up with the press ahead of Saturday’s F.A. Cup clash at MK Dons this Saturday.
“I love the tournament – I think it’s a great trophy and I can’t wait for Saturday’s game,” said Flitcroft.
“The players have bought into how we want to do things. We took the boys to watch MK Dons at Doncaster and we had a classroom session on that.
“I’m just trying to make sure every single player knows the mission that we’re on.
“Obviously the semi-finals being at Wembley is something that is a great plus.
“The players want to win this football match, there’s no doubt about that. It gives them a welcome break from the league which has been quite relentless, especially since I took over.
“It’s been a good week to plan. It’s something we’re looking forward to.”
League One MK Dons, under the guidance of Karl Robinson, have already knocked out Premier League and Championship opposition in QPR and Sheffield Wednesday, respectively.
“They’re (MK Dons) an exciting brand of football, for sure,” continued Flitcroft. “You’ve got to admire it, respect it but certainly not fear it. We’ll put a lot of work into Saturday’s game and I’m sure the players can’t wait to get out there at three o’clock.
“We’ve got a lot of ‘cup’ games coming up so we’re genuinely viewing them with all the same significance and importance.
“If you underestimate anyone in your life you’ll become unstuck. We won’t underestimate MK Dons.
“The players are excited for the games.
“I’m dealing with good players here and good people.
“Any complacency in and around the place, I’ll be onto it as quick as I see it. My eyes don’t miss much. I’ll be looking for complacency more than anyone.”
Tickets have been selling well for Saturday’s match, with well over 3,000 already sold, and the Manager is appreciative of the support he and his side have already received.
“It has done already (given us a huge boost), away from home - wow. The Blackpool game was probably the one I enjoyed most, because the lads got an away support that was fantastic.
“To have maybe three thousand or more at MK Dons – in a stadium that is made as such that the noise reverberates around – I’m looking forward to our fans bouncing in that stadium.
“They’re enjoying this trip and what the players are giving them. I’m sure it’ll be evident on Saturday.”