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PREVIEW: AFC Wimbledon v Coventry City

7 November 2013

Read our full match preview ahead of the trip to Kingsmeadow to face AFC Wimbledon...

Venue: Kingsmeadow
Date: Friday, November 8th
Kick-off: 7.45pm
Competition: FA Cup

Coventry City travel to League Two side AFC Wimbledon in the first round of the FA Cup looking to bring their League One form in the world's oldest cup competition.

The Sky Blues recorded a comfortable victory over Notts County last weekend which saw City climb into the top half of the table for the first time this season.

Leon Clarke notched a brace whilst Callum Wilson added a third in the 3-0 victory which means Steven Pressley's side are now just three points of the play-offs.

AFC Wimbledon enjoyed a blistering start to the 2013/14 season, but have since dropped off and now placed 15th in the League Two table.

By mid-September, Neal Ardley's side had already recorded five wins in League Two, seeing the Dons breach the play-off positions. 

However, Wimbledon failed to win in six matches seeing the side drop to the bottom half of the table, despite being a healthy 10 points away from the drop-zone.

Despite being placed in 15th, the Dons recorded an impressive victory at Rochdale last Saturday and are only three points away from the play-offs.

This is the first time Coventry City have played AFC Wimbledon. 

The Sky Blues played Wimbledon, before they became the MK Dons, 34 times and City enjoyed 16 victories over the Dons.

Wimbledon beat City seven times whilst there were 11 draws. 

Last five fixtures

21/02/2004 Wimbledon 0-3 Coventry City, Division One
15/10/2003 Coventry City 1-0 Wimbledon, Division One
08/03/2003 Coventry City 2-2 Wimbledon, Division One
21/09/2002 Wimbledon 0-1 Coventry City, Division One
01/12/2001 Coventry City 3-1 Wimbledon, Division One

Chris Hussey

The former City left-back started his career at AFC Wimbledon before moving to the Sky Blues in 2010.

Hussey was with the Dons for three seasons, achieving three promotions with the side and his promising form attracted the attention of Chris Coleman who brought him in on-loan towards the end of the 2009/10 season.

The 24-year old stayed at the club for three seasons and made over 50 appearances for the side, scoring one goal in the Johnstone Paint Trophy against York City.

After being released by City in January 2013, he resigned for AFC Wimbledon and after helping the club stay up last season, he joined Burton Albion in the summer.

Bobby Gould

The former City striker and manager won the FA Cup with Wimbledon in 1988, a year after the Sky Blues won the competition.  

As a player, Gould spent five seasons with Coventry City and made over 80 appearances for the club, scoring 42 goals between 1963 and 1968.

He went on to play for Arsenal, Wolverhampton Wanderers and West Bromwich Albion in an illustrous career spanning over 17 seasons.

After landing his first management job at Bristol Rovers in 1981, he rejoined Coventry to manage the club in 1983. 

He was sacked in December 1984 and after a second spell with Bristol Rovers, he joined Wimbledon in 1987.

Gould finest moment came at the Dons as his side overcame Liverpool in the FA Cup final in 1988 to win the world's oldest cup competition. 

He went on to have a second spell as manager at Highfield Road, keeping the Sky Blues in the Premier League in the 1991-92 season.

Michael Smith

The former Darlington striker has had a great start to the 2013/14 League Two after sealing a loan move from Charlton Athletic in the summer.

The 22-year old has had a number of loan spells, Newport County, Accrington Stanley and Colchester United, since joining Charlton in 2011.

He joined the Dons on loan until January and has already scored six goals for the club in 16 appearances.

Benefiting from his first spell of consistent first-team football in his career, Smith is definitely a player to watch out for. 

Tickets are still available for the Friday night trip to Kingsmeadow.

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