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As a club, we are extremely excited about this weekend's FA Cup tie against Notts County. We see the competition as a real opportunity for us, especially with three of the big four teams out.
Understandably, it is a huge game for Notts County who have already put Wigan out, so they certainly have that ability to win the big games, with quality in their side. It will be a cracking fixture and one I can't wait for.
I don't think it is difficult to psyche yourself up for a game even when you are favourites. We can't be sloppy or complacent in what is likely to be a very fast and frenetic game.
I still value the FA Cup as a fantastic competition and, as a squad, Fulham take great pride in doing well in any competition that we are involved in.
I can understand the philosophy of clubs resting players in some competitions, but it is dictated by the club's circumstances so is a hard one to judge. Obviously injuries and the club's involvement in other competitions will impact the personnel decisions made, but it is occasionally strange to see certain clubs resting key players in a competition such as the FA Cup.
The opportunity to reach a cup final at Wembley should be a fantastic motivator, in what would be considered a great achievement at the end of the season. Teams do naturally tend to put a greater emphasis on the league because there are huge financial incentives for staying in the top flight.
The revenue generated by competing in the Premier League provides the foundations for the club's finances for the year ahead.
Personally, I would rather finish 15th in the league and reach a cup final, than come 7th and not have a cup run. I think that with guaranteed Premier League survival, it would be a fantastic achievement to reach a final.
The best memories of my playing career to-date have been playing in cups finals. The atmosphere and occasion always create a brilliant spectacle for both the players and fans and they are always a pleasure to compete in.
Fortunately, we are having a good season and if we could combine a day out at Wembley with a decent final league position then I am sure the management, players and fans would consider the season a real success.
It's just another incentive for the money men to take even more cash off the fans, there was nothing wrong with the European cup until the so called European elite started kicking up and wanted more money, hence, we have the chimps league.
Fourth spot just buys you a ticket into another league, personally i'd rather have domestic silverware over 4th place.