AFC Wimbledon striker Jack Midson wants to be part of the side that beats MK Dons this weekend, and writes another chapter in the club’s proud history.
Midson was not part of the famous Dons’ side that reached the Football League last year, but he sees the FA Cup second round tie as his opportunity to create another team of legends.
Apart from missing three matches through suspension, Midson has been an ever-present in the Dons’ team under both Terry Brown and Neal Ardley.
And although the 29-year-old is not reaching the goal scoring heights of last season due to playing in a variety of positions from midfield to left wing, Midson still revels in pulling on the blue and yellow of AFC Wimbledon – colours he cannot wait to wear come Sunday.
“There is no point beating about the bush or brushing it under the carpet, we know it is a big game,” he said.
“It is clear to see, with all the media interest just how big it is and how much it means to the fans and the football world.
“Some people have been saying that the game should never happen, but I don’t see how that could happen. If you get drawn in the FA Cup, you have to play it.
“As players, we need to concentrate and stay level-headed- it’s a cliché but we have to play the game not the occasion.”
He added: “However, in the back of our minds we know it is a big game and we want to be part of Wimbledon’s history. We want to be the side that beats them and gets into the third round of the FA Cup for the first time.
“Irrespective of our league form, any year that happens would be a great year for AFC Wimbledon as a club. It’s the FA Cup, and anything can happen on the day.”
Midson is waiting to hear on the role he will play at Stadium mk as the once all-out striker is now fulfilling a more versatile role – something his four goals compared to 10 at the same point last season testifies.
“I probably scored a few more goals than this time last year but I have played in a few more positions.
“I was up front as a two last year, and you’re bound to get more chances. This year, I’ve played left of a three, right of a three, and when it’s been 442, I’ve played left midfield, right midfield, so naturally you’re not going to get those chances.
“I’ve also done more defending than I have ever done, but I will do that for the team. I am not going to moan, because putting on that Wimbledon shirt every week is a bonus, and when I do get in the box, I always try to score.”
He added: “We know our league form has not been brilliant, but I don’t think we’ve been distracted by the draw – we know whatever happens this weekend we have a massive six-pointer at Barnet the weekend after.”