Hodgson sets sights on FA Cup glory

Fulham manager Roy Hodgson set his sights on winning the FA Cup

this season after seeing his side beat Notts County to make the

last eight.

Simon Davies, Bobby Zamora, Damien Duff and Stefano Okaka

scored in the 4-0 win at Craven Cottage on Sunday to set up a

last-eight clash against Bolton or Tottenham in the competition

Fulham have never won.

Hodgson accepts survival in the Premier League is his

priority and reaching Europe like they have this year is a bonus –

but his team are now two matches from the final and could continue

their remarkable turnaround in the two years since his arrival.

“It would mean a lot to us,” Hodgson said. “It would be

another major step forward with the progression at the club. We’ll

be highly motivated and nervous about the quarter-final because we

badly want a good result.

“There have been fewer winners of the FA Cup since the

inauguration of the Premier League. It’s wrong to compare the

mythical Fulham teams of the 60s and 70s or even the showbiz teams

when Rodney Marsh, George Best and Bobby Moore were playing in the

same team.

“We have to be more journeyman-like in our approach because

staying in the league is so important. It’s not a case of Rodney

Marsh doing a few tricks or George Best beating a man and having a

rest for five minutes. That’s not possible.

“Success is probably a continued presence in the Premier

League, if we could go one step further that would be fantastic.”

Fulham have avoided Chelsea in the next round and will be

helped by Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool having already

been knocked out.

“For the teams left, they won’t regret three of the

traditional top four in the country not being there,” Hodgson

added. “We think we have as good chance as the others. It’s nice to

have the lottery ticket because you cannot win the lottery without

one.”

The scoreline flattered Fulham, with Notts County performing

well in patches and Craig Westcarr forcing Mark Schwarzer into a

fine save just before Zamora doubled the lead.

“It was a real potential banana skin and I’m just happy we

didn’t slip up on it,” Hodgson said. “I wasn’t wrong to suggest

they would give us a good game.

“It worked perfectly because we saw the game through and were

able to rest players for the last 20 minutes with a game on

Thursday and Sunday coming up.

“It could have been less goals but it is nice to get four

goals and be in the hat.”

Notts County caretaker boss Dave Kevan was pleased with his

side’s performance following a traumatic week when the club was

sold for £1 and Sven-Goran Eriksson resigned from his role as

director of football.

Kevan is still positive about earning promotion from League

Two.

“We’re very sorry to see Sven and Tord (Grip) leave, it was a

privilege to work with them,” Kevan said. “But there is a lot of

football to be played. The aim is to get out of League Two and we

can still do it.

“Sven called me and said we could beat them. Hopefully I’ll

speak to him on the way home.”

He added: “The players were fantastic and worked tremendously

hard. We created some good chances in both halves so I’m proud how

they played. They can take credit for that.

“They have to take that performance and transmit it into

League Two football.

“We felt the scoreline flattered Fulham, it was a bit harsh

on us. They were more clinical, as you’d expect.”