AFC Wimbledon midfielder Steven Gregory know exactly what Sunday’s FA Cup clash with MK Dons means to the fans.
The two sides will lock horns for the first time since the phoenix club was founded in 2002 in the second round of football’s oldest cup competition this weekend.
With Sammy Moore injured and doubts over Seb Brown, Gregory could be the only survivor of Wimbledon’s 2011 Blue Square Premier play-off winning side involved.
Lifting that trophy in Manchester has given the on-loan Bournemouth midfielder a special connection with the club that he is expected to lead out as captain at Stadium MK.
“It’s a great honour to have the armband” Gregory told the Chronicle. “Neal has shown faith in me and I’d be delighted to lead the boys out on Sunday.
“We are more professional now than when we were non-league but the principles are the same. This club was built by the fans and everything is geared towards success through that. There is a new manager now and he’s installed new tactics but most of the faces are the same.
“As a player it is just another game. You’ve got to try and approach the game professionally, block everything out on the outside, and do your job on the pitch. I’ve been here long enough to know what it means to people.
“The squad is much better than we have shown. The recent results haven’t been good enough to be pushing on in this league. Hopefully we can gel together a bit more and start progressing in the next few weeks.
Gregory is due to return to the Cherries in mid-December but has already expressed a desire to make another Kingsmeadow move in January.
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