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Clash of the warring Dons goes way of Milton Keynes

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 03, 2012

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Milton Keynes Dons manager Karl Robinson was relieved that his side's historic 2-1 FA Cup win over bitter rivals AFC Wimbledon passed without any major trouble yesterday.

Jon Otsemobor flicked in a last-minute winner to send Milton Keynes through to the third round, after Jack Midson had cancelled out Stephen Gleeson's first-half opener for the hosts.

Both sets of supporters spilled on to the pitch while celebrating goals as passions ran high in the match, which was the first between MK Dons and the club that was set up after Wimbledon's relocation to Milton Keynes in 2003.

Robinson said: "I'm tired, it has been a really tough week. I just thought the game typified two sets of teams with great hunger and passion for the club that they play for.

"I think two teams can walk away from this stadium very proud of each other, and that to me is all I wanted.

"I wanted this game to go smoothly, I wanted everyone to conduct themselves in a manner that was right for the English game, and I thought we all did that.

"This is a good day for English football. I think that football has been the winner, and that's what I wanted."

Wimbledon boss Neal Ardley believes both clubs now need to put the game behind them and move on. He said: "I'm proud of my players.

"My main fear was not doing the fans proud in this game and, despite hurting from the defeat, I think we did that.

"I'm proud of the way we've handled the week. This moment that our fans have dreaded has come and gone and it has turned into a celebration of how far this club has come.

"From the fans' point of view I don't think they will ever forget [about the relocation]. But I think it's a milestone for them that they've got this out of the way."

Yesterday's third-round draw gave Milton Keynes a trip to Sheffield Wednesday. The draw also threw up a repeat of the 1987 final between Tottenham and Coventry City.

The Sky Blues, now in npower League One, famously beat Spurs 3-2 after extra-time at the old Wembley. Holders Chelsea will go to Southampton, while West Ham will face Manchester United in another contest between two Barclays Premier League sides.

Liverpool may not be relishing their tie. Brendan Rodgers' men must head to Lincoln City or Mansfield Town, two Blue Square Bet Premier sides who drew 3-3 on Saturday.

FA Cup third-round draw: Crystal Palace v Stoke, Brighton v Newcastle, Tottenham v Coventry, Wigan v Bournemouth, Fulham v Blackpool, Aston Villa v Ipswich, Charlton v Huddersfield, Barrow or Macclesfield v Cardiff, Barnsley v Burnley, Manchester City v Watford, Swansea v Arsenal, Leicester v Burton, Millwall v Preston, Cheltenham or Hereford v Everton, Derby v Tranmere, Crawley v Reading, Aldershot v Rotherham or Notts County, Middlesbrough v Harrogate Town or Hastings Utd, Accrington Stanley or Oxford Utd v Sheffield Utd, Southampton v Chelsea, Queen's Park Rangers v West Bromwich Albion, Peterborough v Norwich, Lincoln City or Mansfield Town v Liverpool, Bolton v Sunderland, Nottingham Forest v Oldham, West Ham v Manchester, Hull v Leyton Orient, Blackburn v Bristol City, Leeds v Birmingham, Bury or Southend v Bradford City or Brentford, Luton v Wolves, Sheffield Wednesday v Milton Keynes Dons. (Ties to be played over weekend of January 5-6).

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