17th Nov, 2018

INTERVIEW: 'We are expecting a reaction,' says Coventry City defender Grimmer ahead of MK Dons clash

Shaun Reynolds 26th Jan, 2018 Updated: 26th Jan, 2018

FOOTBALL: DEFENDER Jack Grimmer will be hoping for a repeat of his heroics from Coventry City’s FA Cup third round win against Stoke City when taking on MK Dons in the fourth round tomorrow afternoon.

The 24-year-old, who celebrated his birthday yesterday, is eyeing one more present which he hopes to share with 7,833 travelling Coventry City fans.

It was Grimmer’s strike that earned City a place in the fourth round draw.

And although he wished for an away tie at Manchester United, the Scot described tomorrow’s game as ‘winnable’ – but he does anticipate a tough encounter after MK Dons announced Dan Micciche as the club’s new boss earlier this week.

Grimmer said: “You’ve got to look at this game as a better chance to get through to the last 16.

“Saying that MK Dons are probably thinking the same and are happy with a home draw against us. It will be a good game.”

A 3-1 win against League Two promotion rivals Swindon Town on Saturday boosted morale in the Sky Blues camp following a frustrating 1-0 defeat at Exeter the week previous.

Despite being in the middle of a strong run of form, Coventry have only won one of their last five away fixtures – a stat that Grimmer is keen to reverse.

“Our away form is stop start. That goes back to the beginning of the season when we put in a professional performance against Grimsby before doing the opposite at Yeovil.

“I was happier with our defensive record a couple of months ago. We all prided ourselves on our clean sheet record and it’s something we want to get back to.

“To reach the fifth round would be massive for us, and something for the fans too.

“The support from them this season has been tremendous.”

A change in manager could spring a surprise or two for the City players on the field tomorrow, something Grimmer is more than aware of.

“We are expecting a reaction from Milton Keynes,” said Grimmer.

“The club’s struggles have been well documented but the bounce back when a new manager comes in is a thing.

“I’ve experienced it before. Automatically everyone ups their game.”

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