BLACKPOOL will make changes for tomorrow’s FA Cup clash at Fulham, but don’t expect too many.
Michael Appleton’s men travel to London to face the Premier League outfit in the third round of the famous trophy.
The Pool had been tempted to make wholesale changes to his side, but the solid performance against Hull has forced a bit of a re-think.
“It’s important to try and keep momentum going,” he said.
“I think there will be one or two changes.
“We put in a solid performance the other day against Hull, so I wouldn’t want to be too reckless in terms of changing the team.
“I think the FA Cup can work either way for you.
“It can be a welcome distraction, or a pain, depending on the situation you find yourself going into it.
“The FA Cup isn’t something I did particularly well in as a player, although I did OK as a coach.
“It’s a competition I respect though, and it’s something which excites every one in the game.”
Tiago Gomes looks set to return to the squad following injury, while young striker Nathan Eccleston, Kevin Phillips and James Caton could all come into contention.
Fulham go into the game in good form after Tuesday’s superb 2-1 away win against West Bromwich Albion.
And Appleton is only too aware of their quality.
“Dimitar Berbatov is a quality striker who can hurt you, like he did to West Brom on Tuesday,” he said.
“They had been on a bit of a sticky patch, but got a fantastic result against West Brom the other day to pull themselves out of it.
“We are aware of the quality they have.
“Even if they make five or six changes, they’ll still be bringing quality into the team.
“We are going to have to play very well just to compete with them.”
After a busy Christmas period, it’s usual for players to be struggling in terms of fitness.
And while many at Pool’s Squires Gate training ground were nursing bumps and bruises yesterday, Appleton’s delighted as a whole with his side’s fitness.
“I think we are getting there in terms of fitness,” he said.
“We haven’t got the facilities to find out the running stats about our players, which a lot of clubs have.
“But I’d be very surprised now if our stats weren’t better than our opposition.
“You just have to look how many times we’ve scored late on in games to show how strongly we finish games.”