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Dover Athletic manager Chris Kinnear believes his side are good enough to spring an upset against MK Dons in the FA Cup

05 December 2013
by Alex Hoad

Dover manager Chris Kinnear

Dover manager Chris Kinnear

Boss Chris Kinnear says Dover travel to MK Dons for Saturday’s bumper FA Cup second round tie looking to shock the nation.

The two sides are separated by 72 places in the football pyramid but with Whites on a run of one loss in 14 games in all competitions and a nine-game unbeaten record in knockout games this season, there is confidence flowing through the Whites ranks.

League 1 promotion chasers Dons have lost five of their last six and Kinnear said: “I watched them last week and (scout) Kevin Raine saw them on Saturday and of course they are a good side. I don’t know if he’ll be playing, but they have Alan Smith who played for Leeds, Manchester United and England.

“They have good players, but they have been on a bit of a bad run. Hopefully their confidence is low and we’ll be able to go there and take advantage.

“If we play to the best of our ability then we have a chance to win, there are areas where we feel we can cause them problems.”

He added: “We’d love to win the game, and we’ll be trying to do that, but a draw wouldn’t be the end of the world. It would be great to bring them back to Crabble for the replay and to see the ground full for a night like that.”

Kinnear has led Margate into FA Cup games against Fulham, Leyton Orient and Cardiff City but revealed: “This is special for me too. It’s a great game for everyone – for the supporters, they have been behind us all the way from the first game away at Gosport. Some of the players have told me it’s like being the home team, even though we’re away. We have a very partisan away following and I hope they enjoy the day.”


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