June 18 2013 Latest news:
Friday, January 4, 2013
Blackpool manager Michael Appleton expects a tough challenge when his side take on injury-hit Fulham.
The Whites could be forced into playing a weakened side because of injuries but the Tangerines’ boss will treat them with respect.
Appleton told the club’s official website: “It’s a cup that people respect and it’s certainly one that gets everyone involved in football, whether you’re a spectator, manager or player, excited.
“We’re aware of the quality that Fulham have got and whether they make five, six, seven or eight changes, they’ll still bring a lot of quality to the table. We’re going to have to be on our mettle and we’re going to have to play very, very well just to compete with them.”
The Seasiders kept a clean sheet against Hull and Appleton wants to take this form into the game at Craven Cottage.
“We put in a solid performance the other day and I wouldn’t want to go too reckless in terms of changing too many things,” he admitted. “There will certainly be one or two changes.
“It’s important to try and keep momentum going. We kept a clean sheet against Hull so I’m conscious of not making too many changes and hopefully giving Fulham a good game.”