Fulham boss Kit Symons says he fancies his side to pull off a cup upset against Sunderland during their FA Cup replay and admits his disappointment in the draw against the Black Cats.
Fulham managed to keep the scores level up to half time, before a red card for Sunderland’s Jack Rodwell gave Fulham an incentive to start attacking.
Jermaine Defoe missed various chances and Hugo Rodellega hit the post, denying either side an advantage.
Symons told the Sunderland Echo: “Before the game, I fancied us to win it, 11 v 11 I still fancied us to win it.
“And after the sending off you’ll never have a better opportunity to beat a Premier League team away from home, but we’ll play at Craven Cottage and I fancy us in that now.
“Our quality in the final third has been quite good in recent weeks, but it wasn’t quite there today. We had a few opportunities, a few openings but our quality wasn’t quite as good as it has been recently, so that was a little bit disappointing.
“But to come to a Premier League side and acquit yourself as we did, I think we should be very proud. So I’m a little bit disappointed but overall I’m very proud of my players – they put a real shift in for the club.
“I was confident before the game and I’m equally, if not more confident now, but also they’re top-flight opposition, they’ve got some excellent players and I think they showed that when they went down to 10 men.
“So we won’t be complacent and we won’t take anything for granted and we’ll show them the full respect they deserve in the replay.”
Fulham have had a poor season in the Sky Bet Championship this year, but now under new manager Kit Symons they’ll be looking to push up the table and perhaps make a late promotion push.
In the league, they beat Nottingham Forest 3-2 in their previous league game, thanks to a Ross McCormack hat-trick.
They’re now sitting in 14th place in the Sky Bet Championship having accumulated 34 points.