Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has reassured fans of the Cottagers that his side will not underestimate Swindon Town in Saturdays F.A. Cup 3rd Round clash at Craven Cottage.
Talking to the official Fulham Football Club website, the Australian international stated that ‘Make no mistake, we will not be underestimating Swindon Town in any way and we will treat this game with the same importance as any other. On Saturday it`s one team against another, and this is the competition for upsets… We`ve seen it happen so many times down the years and we have to be aware of that and make sure that we perform to the best of our capabilities. We`re confident don`t get me wrong, it`s just that at this level, preparation is the key.
Fulham have been in fine form this season under the impressive Roy Hodgson who has significantly reserved the clubs fortunes since replacing Lawrie Sanchez in late 2007.
Schwarzer finished by acknowledging Hodgson’s work by saying any victory would be a good way to celebrate his managers new deal at Fulham – ‘It`s the first game of the New Year and it would be nice to start 2010 off with a win… It would also be nice to cap some very positive news that the Manager has signed a new contract with the Club.’
Mark Schwarzer has been in England since 1997 but has only lined-up against Town twice…
SCHWARZER VERSUS SWINDON
18/01/1997: Swindon Town 1-1 Bradford City
BCFC: Wayne Jacobs 16′
STFC: Kevin Horlock 48′
STFC: Fraser Digby, David Kerslake, Jason Drysdale, Scott Leitch, Mark Seagraves (Kevin Watson 85′), Mark Robinson, Ian Culverhouse (Gary Elkins 4′), Steve McMahon (Wayne O’Sullivan 80′), Steve Cowe, Wayne Allison, Kevin Horlock.
BCFC: Mark Schwarzer, Marco Sas, Wayne Jacobs, Sergio Pinto (John Dreyer 65′), Nicky Mahon, Andy O’Brien, Chris Waddle, Lee Duxbury, Carl Shutt (Rob Steiner 59′), Gordon Watson, Des Hamilton.
SNU: Andy Kiwomya.
22/11/1997: Swindon Town 1-2 Middlesbrough
STFC: George Ndah 13′
MFC: Paul Merson 23′
MFC: Emerson 75′
STFC: Fraser Digby, Brian Borrows, Mark Robinson, Scott Leitch, Craig Taylor, Alan McDonald, David Thompson, Kevin Watson, Steve Finney, George Ndah (Mark Walters 76′), Ty Gooden.
SNU: Ian Culverhouse, Tony Warner.
MFC: Mark Schwarzer, Neil Maddison, Craig Harrison, Gianluca Festa, Nigel Pearson, Emerson, Craig Hignett, Andy Townsend, Mikkel Beck, Paul Merson (Steve Vickers 86′), Tony Ormerod.
SNU: Mark Summerbell, Chris Freestone.
Ah, the excuses to waltz along memory lane.
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