Doncaster Rovers: Don't rule out AFC Wimbledon warns Darren Moore ahead of FA Cup replay

AFC Wimbledon may have a dire away record this season but Darren Moore insists that will not be a factor when they head to Doncaster Rovers for the FA Cup first round replay.

Monday, 18th November 2019, 6:59 pm
Updated Monday, 18th November 2019, 7:01 pm

A victory at struggling Southend United is the Dons' only positive result on the road so far this season as they prepare to visit the Keepmoat.

Since the two sides met in the original tie at Kingsmeadow, Rovers have not played while Wimbledon had two matches - something Moore believes could be an important factor on Tuesday night.

"They've had continuity," Moore said. "They've had succession and repetition of games.

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"Hopefully this will be a time from this game where we can have repetition of games.

"It builds understanding, team cohesion. It builds clear understanding as a unit and a team.

"Hopefully after Tuesday there will be a continuation of games where we can build on performances and build on the season we have set so far."

Rovers were out of action at the weekend due to international call-ups for scheduled opponents Shrewsbury Town.

It was the third blank Saturday of the season for Moore's side, who saw a trip to Tranmere Rovers postponed due to a waterlogged pitch while the expulsion from the league of Bury put paid to their scheduled meeting in August.

Moore is hopeful of finding a true rhythm with fixtures over the next few months, starting by booking a second round tie with either Gillingham or Sunderland, who also replay on Tuesday night.

But he believes it will not be easy against a Wimbledon side that proved tricky opposition in the original tie.

"It's a cup game - it's a breakaway from the league," Moore said.

"They've had two games since which we haven't.

"It does all go out of the window.

"The FA Cup does have a wonderful history of games being unpredictable.

"They made it really hard for us, very difficult. We come back together on our home patch and the players are going to have to be really good against a Wimbledon team because they are really good opponents.

"We want to stamp our authority more on it, especially at home in front of our own crowd.

"Take nothing away from Wimbledon, they made it difficult for us.

"Whoever stamps their authority is going to have to earn the right."