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TOM EXPECTS

Posted on 25 October 2006  - 12:00

Tom Huddlestone has got a pretty good idea of what to expect when the team step out against Milton Keynes Dons tonight in the Carling Cup third round.

Tom Huddlestone has got a pretty good idea of what to expect when the team step out against Milton Keynes Dons tonight in the Carling Cup third round.

The midfielder has sampled these type of cup ties from the other side during his time at Derby when a high-flying Fulham visited Pride Park in an FA Cup fourth round encounter in January 2005. Collins John saved the day for Fulham after Marcus Tudgay shot Derby into the lead. Tom did not feature in the replay, but Grzegorz Rasiak netted before Fulham emerged as 4-2 winners after extra time.

"One year we played Fulham when they were doing well in the Premiership," recalled the England under-21 international. "As the so-called underdogs you've got to go out and enjoy yourselves. If you give 100 per cent, which I know Milton Keynes will do, it is a case of seeing what breaks you get on the night.

"You've got to show a certain amount of respect, but not too much. You can't let the top flight side dictate, you've got to play your own game, try to rattle your opponents and hope for the rub of the green," continued Tom, before adding that from the viewpoint of the favourites, an early goal does much to draw the sting from a game.

"Obviously all their fans and players will be up for the game and it might put the players in the shop window if they have a good night.

"We've got to go there, be professional about it and if we get a goal early on it will hopefully settle us down and allow us to get playing."