AFC Wimbledon's Neal Ardley plays down possible MK Dons meeting

Neal Ardley

AFC Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley has played down the prospect of a possible FA Cup meeting with MK Dons.

If MK Dons beat Cambridge City in their first round replay on Tuesday they will host Wimbledon in the second round.

Ardley told BBC London 94.9: "We're in the second round and it's great for the club. We don't know who we're going to get yet.

"People talk about ties before they happen. At the moment it couldn't be further from my mind."

Wimbledon progressed to the second round by beating York City 4-3 after extra time at Kingsmeadow on Monday.

Should MK Dons win their replay it would set up a first meeting between the two sides.

AFC Wimbledon were formed in 2002 by fans who were unhappy with the decision by a Football Association-appointed commission to grant permission to the old Wimbledon FC to move to Milton Keynes.

The relocation went ahead in September 2003 and the club changed their name to Milton Keynes Dons the following summer.

Meanwhile, AFC Wimbledon progressed through the non-league pyramid and reached the Football League in 2011 following five promotions in eight seasons.

However, Ardley insisted he had not considered the significance of a possible meeting between the two sides.

"I haven't given it a thought. I know it's a boring answer, but I'm not going to disrespect Cambridge City," he said.

Ardley, who made over 300 appearances during an 11-year spell with the old Wimbledon, says his sole aim is progressing to the third round.

"I'd play against anyone," Ardley continued.

"Obviously against MK Dons we'd be massive underdogs.

"As players and staff, all we can be is really professional no matter who we play against.

"We'd just like to get to the third round and give all the fans a cup tie that might bring in a couple of pounds and ease the pressure."

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