Neal Ardley believes the real grass of Kingsmeadow will literally level the playing field in AFC Wimbledon's FA Cup replay against National League Sutton United tomorrow night.

In the first game, nine days ago the artificial surface at Gander Green Lane gave the hosts an advantage and a 0-0 result.

This time, on home turf, the Dons gaffer predicts a whole new ball game.

“I hope it will be a different game because conditions will be different, but make no mistake Sutton are not just a plastic pitch team,” Ardley added.

“Although their away form has not been great in the league they have got threats in different areas on the pitch.

“We are going to have to master those and you know full well they are going to come on and play the best game of their season.”

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If they reach the fourth round for the first time in their history, it will evoke memories of the meeting between the original Dons, then non-league, and the mighty Leeds of 1975 when Dickie Guy saved a penalty from Peter Lorimer to earn a replay.

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Many modern-day managers have opted to downgrade the Cup by picking weakened sides in favour of the league schedule.

“The FA Cup will never be just a distraction,” Ardley countered.

“It is something which brings massive excitement to your season. Sutton will be thinking what a tie if they can get Leeds live on telly and we are no different.”

“We are desperate to get in the fourth round for the first time and then we are desperate to give Leeds a good game if we can get there."

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