Westley looking for ‘special performance’

Stevenage boss says pressure is on MK Dons in their FA Cup replay

BORO boss Graham Westley says it will take a ‘special performance’ if Boro are going to beat MK Dons in their FA Cup replay this evening (Tuesday).

The two sides played out a goalless draw 10 days ago at the Lamex Stadium and Westley believes the pressure is on the Dons to win tonight.

“It’s going to take a special performance to win there,” Westley said.

“We saw (last week) in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy I think there were five sides from our league playing against League One sides and they all came a cropper.

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“We know it’s not easy to beat sides from the league above when you’re at home never mind when you go to their place. Those results tell you all you need to know.

“It’s going to take a special performance from us. I’m under no illusion about that.

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“I don’t think there’s any doubt they’ll be expecting to win, the pressure’s on them really. They’re a side with massive resources, a massive stadium, massive infrastructure, massive investment.

“Everybody expects them to win. The form book says they’ll win. I was saying the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tells you all you need to know, five sides from our league getting beaten home and away and they were the better sides and that tells you everything.

“The only way that you can win under those circumstances is to put in a really special performance.”

Chris Holroyd is ineligible for tonight’s tie and Westley is expected to go with either Ben May up front on his own whilst boosting the midfield with an extra man, or with Yemi Odubade to partner May in a two-pronged attack.

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