KIT Symons is “very confident” that his Fulham side can surprise Sunderland in today’s FA Cup fourth round tie.
The Londoners are on an upward trajectory in the Championship, and have won three matches on the trot, boosting confidence in the Craven Cottage squad.
“It’s almost like a bonus game really I think is the way to view it,” said Symons.
“It’s a fantastic game for us and one I’m expecting the team to go and do well in.
“We’ll show them the respect they deserve as a Premier League team – they’re a good outfit, they’ve got some good players, but so have we, and I’m very confident of going up there and getting a result.
“I think, away from home against a Premier League team, we’ll be considerable underdogs, but I’m quite happy with that, to be honest.”
Symons is happy with his side’s form, and relishes the big occasion on Wearside.
The former Portsmouth and Fulham defender said: “I’ve felt that at times this season – first half (against Nottingham Forest on Wednesday), first half against Wolves in the replay – we showed Premier League quality at times.
“We’ve not been able to do that for the full duration as yet, one half or another we’ve been able to do that, so it will be good to actually match up against Premier League teams and see just how good our quality is.
“But it’ll be very tough, we’re under no illusions there. They’re a good outfit, they’re strong, they’re organised, and they’ll make life very hard for us, but I’m very confident going into it and I’m looking forward to the game.”
Symons refused to single out any particular dangermen ahead of the clubs’ first FA Cup meeting since 1969 – and only the third between the pair in the competition’s history.
The manager added on fulhamfc.com: “They’ve got a lot of good players throughout the team and I think when you’re playing Premier League teams who have got quality throughout, if you focus on one person or one area, you become undone in other places. So for us to get anything out of this game it’s got to be a good team collective performance.”