ERIK: BOYS DON WELL

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AFC WIM­BLE­DON’S ex­cel­lent FA Cup third-round dis­play against Liver­pool has left Dons chief ex­ec­u­tive Erik Sa­muel­son ex­cited about the fu­ture.

The League Two side threat­ened an up­set big­ger than the 1988 fi­nal on Mon­day, with Ade­bayo Ak­in­fenwa can­celling out Steven Ger­rard’s early penalty. Wim­ble­don even had chances to pull ahead at Kingsmeadow, only for the Kop cap­tain to ex­tin­guish hopes of an up­set with a free-kick to se­cure a 2-1 vic­tory

Sa­muel­son said: “What I did not think would hap­pen is I’d come off think­ing I was dis­ap­pointed we didn’t get the re­sult we de­served.

“There is ev­ery­thing to be proud about – it was such a good dis­play.”

It was the Dons’ first third-round clash since they were re­formed in 2002. In that time they have risen from the Com­bined Coun­ties League to be­come League Two pro­mo­tion hope­fuls.

The club are also seek­ing to build a 20,000-seater sta­dium with an ini­tial ca­pac­ity of 11,000 in the bor­ough of Mer­ton.

Sa­muel­son added: “There is an in­fra­struc­ture here ca­pa­ble of be­ing built on and mov­ing to a new sta­dium with big­ger crowds, a bet­ter team and even more to in­vest in play­ers.

“The fu­ture looks pretty bright.”

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