Wimbledon saw their FA Cup journey come to an end in Saturday’s home meeting with Championship high-flyers Ipswich Town.
Jake Reeves dispatched a 17th-minute penalty to pull Wimbledon level following a Josh Davison own goal, before Ipswich retook the lead courtesy of an Axel Tuanzebe effort.
The League Two side kept the Tractor Boys within touching distance until Jack Taylor found the net in the 90th minute to condemn Johnnie Jackson’s side to a 3-1 loss, representing their second defeat in three home games.
While they face another tough test on Tuesday, Wimbledon can take confidence from the fact that they beat a League One promotion contender in the previous round, producing a free-scoring display to claim a 5-2 away win over Portsmouth.
They will enter the midweek contest with hopes of reaching the quarter-final stage for the first time since 2020-21 when their journey was ultimately ended by a 3-1 defeat to Oxford.
Although the U’s will be hoping to experience similar success against Wimbledon on Tuesday, they will have to pick themselves up from a heavy 6-2 loss to Coventry City in the FA Cup.
Mark Harris and Tyler Goodrham both got on the scoresheet in Saturday’s cup tie, but their efforts proved fruitless in what proved to be a disappointing result for Des Buckingham’s side.
The Oxford boss will be frustrated by his team’s lack of consistency, having seen his side win three, draw one and lose four of their last eight matches in all competitions.
They have also won just one of their last five competitive away games, although they have claimed victories in both of their away matches in the EFL Trophy this season, including a narrow 1-0 win in the previous round against Forest Green Rovers.Like Wimbledon, the U’s are also aiming to reach the EFL Trophy quarter-finals for the first time since the 2020-21 season.