Published: 14/01/2013 18:22 - Updated: 12/02/2013 17:52

Football: Ground control for MK Dons' FA Cup tie with Sheffield Wednesday

Written byBY KEVIN AFFLECK

The pitch at stadiummk should survive the inclement weather The pitch at stadiummk should survive the inclement weather

The MK Dons groundstaff have been covering the playing surface at stadiummk today to ensure the FA Cup tie with Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday goes ahead.

The onset of snow and the drop in temperature has placed the game in jeopardy but the club are working tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure the third-round replay with the Owls takes place.

“All the staff have been at the ground this afternoon and the covers are on the pitch,” assistant coach Mick Harford said. “We are confident it will be fine.”

Harford said Jon Otsemobor and Gary Mckenzie “come into contention” for a place in the starting XI as they “both need game time”.

MK Dons, who drew 0-0 in the first tie, have the carrot of £67,000 in prize money and a fourth-round tie against Premier League opposition, QPR or West Brom, if they beat Dave Jones’ side.

“It’s a big game,” said Harford. “We believe should have won up there but we know it’s going to be a very, very tough game. Our fans up there [at Hillsborough] were amazing and it would be a big help if they get behind us on Tuesday. A tie against another big club is a big pull for us and we believe we can beat them [Sheffield Wednesday].”

Dons go into the game on the back of a disappointing 1-1 League One draw with Bury.

“At stadiummk at the moment we seem to be waiting for something to happen,” Karl Robinson said after Saturday’s game. “Normally this is a fortress and we need it back as a fortress.”

To read Mick Harford’s thoughts on the transfer window, get this week’s MK News and read his weekly column

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