To march on to face big boys

Slav aims

The Football League Paper - - FA CUP THIRD ROUND - By Ross Law­son

City and Chelsea and make some kind of sur­prise. It’s only five games un­til you play at Wem­b­ley. Will I ex­per­i­ment? No. I will try and or­gan­ise us the best we can in this mo­ment.”

Jokanovic’s men­tal­ity ap­pears the ex­act op­po­site of coun­ter­part Neil Warnock’s, cit­ing dif­fer­ent pri­or­i­ties for his Cardiff side at the start of the New Year. And de­spite the 68year-old lead­ing Sh­effield United to a Cup semi­fi­nal in 2003, Warnock feels the com­pe­ti­tion is not as im­por­tant as it once was.

“The Premier League has taken over every­thing,” he said. “The FA Cup should have an au­to­matic place in the Cham­pi­ons League. That would make it more ap­peal­ing.

“It’s ex­cit­ing at grass­roots level with teams try­ing to get to the proper rounds like Stour­bridge. It isn’t a priority for us. We told the pub­lic we will play some fringe play­ers. But that doesn’t mean it won’t be ex­cit­ing – we will put a good fight up.” WITH the Emi­rates FA Cup pro­vid­ing a rare chance to pit their wits against English foot­ball’s elite, man­ager Slav­isa Jokanovic be­lieves Ful­ham sim­ply must make the most of their op­por­tu­nity in the com­pe­ti­tion.

Peren­nial FA Cup un­der­achiev­ers, the Cot­tagers go into this morn­ing’s clash with Cardiff City with­out a fifth-round berth since 2011.

It’s a record Jokanovic is des­per­ate to ad­dress, so a team full of first-choice play­ers will head to the Cardiff City Sta­dium, with no risks be­ing taken against a fel­low Cham­pi­onship out­fit.

“It’s the best cup com­pe­ti­tion in the world and, like al­ways, our am­bi­tion is to win the next game,” he stated.

“We’re go­ing to ar­rive at this game with the same am­bi­tion as the matches be­fore.

“It’s very well-or­gan­ised, it’s got so much his­tory be­hind the com­pe­ti­tion. We are still think­ing we can win the game in front of us and we can try and com­pete with Man United, Man


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