Albion's interim manager looks ahead to the SSE Women's FA Cup tie.
Brighton & Hove Albion's interim manager, George Parris, is eager to avoid a cup upset when his side take on AFC Wimbledon in the SSE Women’s FA Cup third round, at Sutton United on Sunday, kick-off 2pm.
The Dons ply their trade in the FA Women’s Premier League South East Division One, two tiers below the Albion, but Parris is aware that his side will be facing a team over halfway through their season.
He said: “You’ve got to be conscious of the risk of an upset [like Brighton’s against Oxford United last season]. We understand that and we’ve got to make sure we perform to the best of our ability.
“Because it’s our first game, we will be rusty, we understand that. But we’ve just got to try to perform to the level we know we can.
“Progress is vital. For us, especially with a new squad and a new group, you’re getting more games together. So we’re not taking this game lightly and we will be looking to win it.
“That would give us an extra game, which would give us more time together as a group of players.”
Parris revealed he will be putting out his strongest possible side for the trip to Gander Green Lane and is hoping to make progress in the competition.
“At this stage I’m going to play the strongest side that I can physically put out there.
“Because of where we are at the moment, we can’t afford not to play our best players, so if everyone is fit, it will be a strong side.”
All fans can gain free entry to Sunday’s game at Gander Green Lane.