IT might have been eight years since he last went there, but David Martin knows exactly what to expect from Dons’ Friday night trip to Cambridge City.
Along with Dean Lewington, the goalkeeper was part of Dons’ FA Cup second round victory against City back in 2004. Alan Smart’s sixth minute strike was the only goal that day as Dons progressed 1-0.
And although the odds are stacked heavily in Dons’ favour once again, Martin is wary of the potential banana skin in front of his side – and the TV cameras – on first round weekend.
He said: “I’ve been there before, I know where we’re going and I know what to expect. I think we scraped through with a 1-0 win last time so hopefully we can go there and get a few goals and enjoy playing on Friday night on TV.
“It’s up to us to show what we can do. The gaffer can only put us out there.”
“The FA Cup is a great competition. It’s a chance for us to play against sides in the lower leagues, and it’s a great opportunity for them. All we can do is enjoy it as much as possible and hopefully get through to the next round.
“The players and the crowd raise their game. The crowd there won’t be used to seeing a Football League side, so it’ll be an added incentive for Cambridge City.
“All we can do is go there and put in a professional performance, but you never know what the FA Cup can bring.”
With manager Karl Robinson already naming his side ahead of the tie, Martin will be led out by a new captain in the form of Luke Chadwick, who he joked he’d prefer as Dons captain ahead of regular skipper Lewington.
“Luke’s from Cambridge, so it’ll be a good a good novelty for him,” he said. “You never know, he might take it off Lewie – hopefully!”