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Wanyama's Wimbledon warning

Posted on 5 January 2018  - 07:00

Returning Victor Wanyama has stressed the importance of maximum focus when we host AFC Wimbledon in the Emirates FA Cup on Sunday.

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In what represents our first outing of the season in the age-old competition, we take on the League One side at Wembley Stadium, connected by EE, in a third round tie.

Midfield powerhouse Victor, who returned to action this week with substitute appearances against Swansea City and West Ham after recovering from a knee injury which had kept him sidelined since August, knows we have a good record against lower-ranked sides in the FA Cup in recent years.

But he’s warned that the Dons, who have already seen off Lincoln City – heroic quarter-finalists last season – and Charlton Athletic, have “nothing to lose” as they look to cause an upset at the national stadium.

“I think it’s a good opportunity for us in the FA Cup this year and we have everything to play for,” said the Kenyan international skipper.

“We have to focus and try to win the game. It’s really tough to play a team like Wimbledon – they have nothing to lose.

“They are coming to Wembley and we know they will set up and try to fight. They are coming to a massive, renowned stadium and they have everything motivation-wise. Hopefully we can deal with that and do the job.”

Thursday night’s 1-1 draw with the Hammers left us fifth in the Premier League, three points off the top four. However, Victor has welcomed the chance to start afresh in the FA Cup and isn’t shy of admitting what his targets are in the competition.

“Everyone is very disappointed that we didn’t get the three points against West Ham,” he said. “I think we deserved to win with the way we played but we were just a bit unlucky in our finishing at the business end.

“Now we focus on the FA Cup. Teams from League One and all the lower leagues are difficult teams to beat but our goal is to win the trophy so hopefully we can win the game on Sunday to take a step in the right direction.”