Fulham ace McCormack guns for Sunderland in FA Cup replay

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KEY man Ross McCormack is gunning for Sunderland in tomorrow’s FA Cup fourth round replay – hoping to capitalise on home advantage.

Championship side Fulham more than held their own in the original 0-0 draw against the Black Cats at the Stadium of Light, and the Londoners are relishing a second crack at Premier League opposition.

Summer signing McCormack was disappointed by Saturday’s 2-1 league loss at Blackburn to end their four-match unbeaten run, but confidence remains high. “It would be great to go through,” said the former Leeds United star

“It’s a good chance at Craven Cottage, where we’ve proven we can beat anyone – we can blow teams away and we’ll definitely be looking to do that.

“I’ve heard a lot of people say that we should have beaten Sunderland at their place, but if you look at the game they had quite a few chances.

“Betts (keeper Marcus Bettinelli) probably kept us in the game, so I think a draw was a fair result in the end.

“If we were given that before the game, a clean sheet against a Premier League team and taking them back to the Cottage, I think we might have taken that.”

McCormack notched Fulham’s consolation in their defeat at Ewood Park, but added on fulhamfc.com: “We won’t drop our heads.

“We had a chat after the game – we’ve got a young team.

“Where we want to go and where we’re getting to, we feel we’re making good strides.

“After the first seven or eight games of the season, we had one point.

“Compare that to where we are now and it shows that we’re a good set of lads with good character and good ability.

“It’s important that we stay together and try and help the young boys around the squad to improve.

“We could have taken something from the game. We had a couple more chances after I scored.

“I had a goal that was offside – I’m not sure about that, they said Cauley (Woodrow) was offside but I’d need to watch that again. It’s disappointing but there’s no team in this league that’s not going to lose another game all season, so we’ll go again.

“It’s just one of those games. It’s done now and we go into Tuesday and are looking forward to a nice good cup game.”