Dons keeper Martin more concerned with pre-season training than AFC

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Goalkeeper David Martin says he is more worried about returning for pre-season training than he is with the return of AFC Wimbledon.

MK Dons were drawn at home against the south London club in the first round of the Capital One Cup on Tuesday, setting up the fixture for only the second time.

The media circus surrounding the game last time made for an ‘unusual’ approach to matchday, Martin admitted, but this time around, he has other things on his mind.

“I’m more worried about pre-season training,” he said. “Last time, we had two weeks to prepare for the game, so the media went crazy during that time. This time, we’ve got nearly two months to let it sink in, and almost forget about it, before it comes around.

“But no doubt it’s the biggest game for us in the early part of the season.

“When the draw was first made, I thought ‘whoa, interesting’ but these are the games you want to play in, and what we play football for.

“We all understand the history and what went on, but we’ve just got to get on with it.”

Martin was the unsung hero for Dons in the fixture back in December 2012, making a fingertip save with five minutes to go to keep the Londoners from taking the lead, before Jon Otsemobor’s ‘Heel of God’ goal in stoppage time booked Dons’ place in the third round.

And the keeper admitted it was a unique, not to mention hostile, fixture to be part of.

He said: “You could tell the atmosphere was hostile but because there was so much noise behind me, I couldn’t make out what they were saying, but I knew it was abuse.

“It was a game that had two great goals, and I made probably the best save of my career.

“It was the first time in my career that I was going to bed thinking about the game coming up - normally I hit the pillow and I’m out like a light. But I was thinking about it for three days before hand. Hopefully, this time it’ll be quieter.”

The first round will take place in the week commencing August 11.