Connect in the back of the net

Sutton United, managed by ex-Eastleigh boss Paul Doswell, will look to cause another upset as they welcome Leeds United at home in the FA Cup on Sunday.

The National League side caused a shock by beating AFC Wimbledon 3-1 in the third round of the competition but enter this tie with just three wins from their last ten league games.

The victory over Wimbledon was estimated to be worth £300,000 to Sutton United, who face a Leeds side third in the Championship and in red hot form.



Doswell believes that the club’s 3G pitch, to which he paid £500,000 of his own money towards, will play to his side’s advantage.

“We’ve got a good chance because no one likes playing on our pitch apart from us,” said Doswell.

“There were a lot of people talking about it prior to the first Wimbledon game and we are very, very good on it. We’ve a certain way of playing, we play some good, quick football.”

Sutton know that despite having a formidable home record – the club have lost just once in their last 14 games at Gander Green Lane – they face their biggest challenge yet to overcome Garry Monk’s men.


Red-hot opponents

Leeds last won the FA Cup in 1973 and enter this tie aiming to reach the fifth round of the competition for the third time in the past five seasons.

And Garry Monk’s men are coming off the back of an impressive 2-0 over Nottingham Forest on Wednesday – a victory that would have pleased the former Swansea boss, who started his playing career with Southampton,

Sutton United will particularly look to stop Leeds striker Chris Wood, who scored his 20th goal of the season and his sixth goal in his last four league games against Forest.



The club will hope to reignite memories of the 1988-9 season, where they famously beat Coventry to reach the fourth round of the FA Cup.

And Sutton chairman Bruce Elliott hopes for similar success on Sunday.

“Coventry was great but the present team are writing their own bit of history,” he told BBC. “No-one will ever forget Coventry but won’t it be nice to have something more up-to-date for our younger supporters to enjoy?”


Written by Sean Wilson

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