To march on to face big boys
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
KEY MAN TOM CAIRNEY Fulham