Hodgson insists that Fulham can shock United

Roy Hodgson has warned that his Fulham side will not lay down and die when they face Manchester United in the FA Cup quarter-final.

The Cottagers booked their 7 March meeting with the Premier League leaders with Tuesday night's 2-1 defeat of Championship side Swansea and, although Hodgson concedes his team head into the match as underdogs, he refuses to rule out a shock result.

Recent form does not augur well for Hodgson, whose side were outclassed as United romped to a 3-0 victory when the sides met earlier this month.

But after seeing Clint Dempsey and the rejuvenated Bobby Zamora score the goals that overturned Swansea in the fifth-round replay at Craven Cottage, he is ready to think big.

"Manchester United, yes, that's a nice bonus, it will be nice to see Sir Alex {Ferguson] again," Hodgson said.

"It's important for Fulham to be in the quarter-finals, it's been a long while since we have been there. OK, we've got Manchester United and I suppose people will envisage our demise, but we're not dead yet. We've got the game still to play so who knows?

"Of course we can beat them. We can beat Real Madrid, we can beat Barcelona, we can beat any team you care to mention. But if you're asking are the odds on us winning better than the odds on them winning then I think the answer is pretty obviously no. But yes, we can beat them even if they are clear favourites.

"They've played a lot of games this season, they have a lot of things on their mind and maybe we won't be meeting the Manchester United we met the last time."

He added: "How they played against us that night was how we played against Swansea really. Our aggression, our moving of the ball, our goal threat; that was as good as I have seen us really."

Hodgson was full of praise for the club's followers, who turned out in force for the second time in three days following Sunday's 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion. "What's most important is that it is a very nice Cup tie for our fans," he said. "I thought they were superb from the start against Swansea and they really got caught up in the Cup day atmosphere."

Fulham's gruelling schedule dominated much of the pre-match build-up to Tuesday's replay, but the Swansea manager, Roberto Martinez, was quick to point out they were not the only ones being pushed to the limit.

"If you look at our fixture list in the Championship it's a little bit crazy," he said. "We have to play something like 11 games in 35 days, which is unbelievable. But I'm proud of the way we took to the pitch. In fact, over 180 minutes I think we deserved to go through."

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Sepp Blatter resignation: The beginning of Fifa's long road to reform?

Does Blatter's departure mean Fifa will automatically clean up its act?

Don't bet on it, says Tom Peck
Charles Kennedy: The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

Charles Kennedy was consistently a man of the centre-left, dedicated to social justice, but was also a champion of liberty and an opponent of the nanny-state, says Baroness Williams
Syria civil war: The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of this endless conflict

The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of Syria's endless civil war

Sahar Qanbar lost her mother and brother as civilians and government soldiers fought side by side after being surrounded by brutal Islamist fighters. Robert Fisk visited her
The future of songwriting: How streaming is changing everything we know about making music

The future of songwriting

How streaming is changing everything we know about making music
William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

Recognition at long last

Jewish and black soldiers who fought in WWI finally receive medals after claims of discrimination
Beating obesity: The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters

Beating obesity

The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters
9 best women's festival waterproofs

Ready for rain: 9 best women's festival waterproofs

These are the macs to keep your denim dry and your hair frizz-free(ish)
Cycling World Hour Record: Nervous Sir Bradley Wiggins ready for pain as he prepares to go distance

Wiggins worried

Nervous Sir Bradley ready for pain as he prepares to attempt cycling's World Hour Record
Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Reds baulk at Christian Benteke £32.5m release clause
On your feet! Spending at least two hours a day standing reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer and diabetes, according to new research

On your feet!

Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
With scores of surgeries closing, what hope is there for the David Cameron's promise of 5,000 more GPs and a 24/7 NHS?

The big NHS question

Why are there so few new GPs when so many want to study medicine?
Big knickers are back: Thongs ain't what they used to be

Thongs ain't what they used to be

Big knickers are back
Thurston Moore interview

Thurston Moore interview

On living in London, Sonic Youth and musical memoirs
In full bloom

In full bloom

Floral print womenswear
From leading man to Elephant Man, Bradley Cooper is terrific

From leading man to Elephant Man

Bradley Cooper is terrific