Chris Hughton looks ahead to the challenge of taking on Fulham at Craven Cottage in the FA Cup 5th round on Sunday...
Chris Hughton looks ahead to the challenge of taking on Fulham at Craven Cottage in the FA Cup 5th round on Sunday...THERE WERE WORSE ones out there, but Fulham away in the FA Cup was certainly not a kind draw for us. The two things you want to avoid in a draw is playing away from home and a Premiership team - and we managed to get both of them!
The thing is our favour is that it is a London game considering the travel aspect and I know we will take a very big support there.
Fulham are a very good side at home, but we will take confidence from having gone there just a few weeks ago and giving a good account of ourselves. It was a game where I definitely felt we were going to get something, although them getting the penalty was a massive blow for us.
We showed good character to come back from that but, as most teams have found, it is a very difficult place to go and win.
There is no doubting the quality Fulham have in their team, you've only got to look at someone like Radzinski, who is a skilful player out wide and uses his pace. Possibly a change in their style from a few years ago is the two players they employ up front, both McBride and Helguson you would regard as robust target men who are very good in the air and strong individuals.
Knight returning is a plus for Fulham and he is will be partnered by possibly Christanval or Pearce, with Rosenior and Queudrue on either side. In midfield Diop is fit again, while Brown is suspended for the game and he will be a loss for them.
Volz in midfield has had a wonderful season, with the running ability he has and the capacity to put in challenges, he has done very well in that position.
Montella is getting used to the Premiership and looks what he is - a good, experienced striker who is used to scoring goals. He has served them well coming off the bench.
I am delighted to see Simon Davies back playing, he had a couple of injuries that set him back, but he is a marvellous footballer.
If I look at his period of time here, it was certainly up and down, with one spell where he was really on top of his game. He was one we felt should have scored more goals with the ability he has.
It will be very good to see him again.
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