MK Dons manager Roberto Di Matteo admitted the dream of reaching the FA Cup final should inspire his players ahead of their first-round clash with Bradford.

The competition is close to the heart of the 38-year-old Italian who holds the record for the fastest goal in an FA Cup final after his long-range strike in 1997.

And Di Matteo believes the exploits of Cardiff and Millwall - who both reached the final in recent seasons despite not being in the Premier League - proves less fashionable clubs can go all the way.

"Smaller teams can beat bigger teams - teams they would never be able to play otherwise," Di Matteo told the club's official website.

"It's fantastic to be able to think you might go to the final though, just the idea should drive you.

"It's very difficult to get to the final, it's mostly Premier League teams or even top-four teams so it's an exception if a team from a lower division gets there."

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