Inside Track: Fulham

By SFC Media Wed 03 Jan Fulham v Saints
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Fulham reporter for Get West London, Ryan O'Donovan, gives us the lowdown on Southampton's FA Cup third-round opponents...

What has the season been like for Fulham so far?

It's been an up and down season. Expectations were high in pre-season after the previous campaign and the season hasn't gone the way many expected. Fulham haven't really hit the heights they were at last year, and a period of six games without a win in October and November was a worrying sign. However, they're unbeaten in their last four games and are only four points off the play-offs, so things are looking up for the side.

How do you expect them to approach the FA Cup?

I think Slaviša Jokanović will take the FA Cup quite seriously. Last season they reached the fifth round before being knocked out by Tottenham, and they fielded fairly strong teams in all their games. I think the head coach will rotate and give players who haven't been playing regularly a chance, especially after the festive period, but Jokanović will want a good run in the cup this year too.

What sort of an approach/style of play can Southampton fans expect to see from Fulham?

Fulham like to get on the ball and try to dominate play, so expect the home side to look to have a lot of possession and patiently work their way into the Southampton box. Jokanović's side like to play out from the back too, so if Southampton can press them high up the pitch the home side might be in trouble.

Who have been the team’s top performers this season?

Kevin McDonald has been the side's best performer this season, he is a consistent performer in the Fulham midfielder and is one of the best in the Championship at playing the anchor role. Tom Cairney has also added another gear to the Fulham machine after coming back from injury, with most attacks coming through the Cottagers' metronome in the heart of midfield.

Is there anyone else you think will be key for them/who Southampton should watch out for this Saturday?

The obvious name is Ryan Sessegnon – watching someone with as much talent as the 17-year-old has week-in, week-out is a joy and he's been in fine form this season, although he may be rested having played 28 games this campaign. Striker Aboubakar Kamara, known as AK47 to the home fans, has also found a purple patch and has scored four goals in the past two games.

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