Peter Sweeney: Dons can shock Coventry in FA Cup First Round

Peter Sweeney got to the FA Cup Final with Millwall in 2004. Photo: PA

Former FA Cup finalist Peter Sweeney believes AFC Wimbledon can pull off a shock when they host Coventry on Friday night.

The first-round clash has brought back memories of past glories for both clubs, with Coventry lifting the trophy in 1987 and the old Wimbledon repeating the feat 12 months later.

And midfielder Sweeney has plenty of cup pedigree himself, having been in the Millwall side beaten by Manchester United in the 2004 final.

"It was quite surreal getting to the final because when you get to the quarter-final and then the semis you do not think it is going to happen," he told the Dons' website.

"But when it does happen it is something that you will always remember. It was the highlight of my career.

"The FA Cup provides a chance for players to prove they are good enough to be on the same pitch as those at a higher level. Every season there are a few upsets in the competition and hopefully we can pull one off.

"It will be tough because Coventry are flying. They had their 10-point deduction and they are showing no sign of slowing down since starting their winning run. We will just have to match them. We will be going out there to win the game."

Coventry boss Steven Pressley says Bradford's exploits last season should have all lower-league clubs dreaming of a cup run.

The League Two Bantams famously saw off Arsenal and Aston Villa on their way to the Capital One Cup final, where they were eventually beaten by Swansea.

"The proof is there that Bradford went all the way to the final, so if they can do it then there's no reason why others can't," said Pressley.

"It's a huge, huge ask and you're going to have to play at the top of your game in each round, but it's not beyond the realms of possibility to progress to the latter stages of this competition."