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Maidstone manager Jay Saunders says they'll take the game to FA Cup opponents MK Dons

Maidstone don’t intend to hold back at MK Dons in the FA Cup second round.

Up to 1,500 Stones fans are set to travel to Buckinghamshire on Saturday (3pm) to see if Jay Saunders’ side can upset the League 1 club.

Victory at stadium:mk would trump the 4-2 success at League 2 Cheltenham and put United in the hat with all the Premier League and Championship clubs in the third-round draw.

Maidstone boss Jay Saunders will be forward thinking at MK Dons on Saturday Picture: Andy Jones
Maidstone boss Jay Saunders will be forward thinking at MK Dons on Saturday Picture: Andy Jones

The Stones have done their homework and feel attack could be the best form of defence against the Dons, who are 15th in League 1 after one win in their last nine games.

Saunders is convinced that in Joe Pigott, Zavon Hines, Delano Sam-Yorke and Jamar Loza, Maidstone have the players to hurt a Milton Keynes side who can be got at defensively.

He has, though, called on his attacking players to be more clinical than they were at Tranmere at the weekend, when Stones lost 4-0 for the second National League game running.

Saunders said: “The gulf between League 1 and the National League’s not as big as it used to be but they’re a good side.

“They’re a good footballing side but we can maybe cause them problems defensively.

“If we do get into good areas, we can’t have days like Tranmere. We have to take those chances because if you don’t then you’re not going to stand a lot of chance there because going forward they’re good.”

United are hopeful centre-half Alex Wynter will be given the all-clear to play after an eye injury and they could also do with having Josh Hare (back) available at right-back as Seth Twumasi is suspended after picking up his fifth booking at Prenton Park.

Saunders has challenged his players to get over their blip and make the most of their chance to shine in the Dons’ 30,000-capacity stadium.

He said: “You either look at the back-to-back defeats we’ve had and roll over and go into you shell or you come out and you have a good go. We haven’t become a bad side overnight."

The third-round draw takes place on Monday (BBC2, 7pm).

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