Chris Coleman has promised his team will have “no fear” when they go to Premiership leaders Arsenal on Sunday.
Fulham pulled off one of the results of the season only a month ago when they beat Manchester United 3-1 at Old Trafford, and they will be hoping for a similar shock at Highbury.
“It will be very difficult, we know that, but we’ll go to Highbury and we won’t fear Arsenal,” said Fulham boss Coleman. “We went to Old Trafford and we didn’t fear Manchester United because we don’t fear anybody.
“I am not saying we are going to win and I am not saying we are going to play well, but we’ll go there with no fear – and we’ll see what happens on the day.
“We’ve got a lot of confidence in our group and generally when we have played top teams we have performed. Arsenal are a top team and they’ll make it really difficult for us but we’ll have a go.”
Nor is Coleman – who saw his side climb into fifth place last night thanks to Louis Saha’s double in the 2-0 home win over Portsmouth – particularly concerned about facing Thierry Henry.
Coleman said: “He is a world-class player and you have just got to get on with it, but we played against United and they have Ruud van Nistelrooy who is a world class player. The Premiership is full of them and you play against them nearly every week.
“Psychologically it was a big result for us to beat Portsmouth. People have said we have done well to get here, but we want to keep it going.”
Coleman is hoping for a good run to close out the year, then he wants to add two new faces in the transfer window in January.
“At the start of the season I knew our squad wasn’t going to be big enough and we tried to bring in players, but it didn’t happen for one reason or another,” said Coleman.
“Now I hope to bring in two new faces and that will help everyone out.
“I have been very pleased with everyone but if we get one or two injuries we are struggling a bit, so it is important we get some new faces in.
“I haven’t got millions to spend but I hope to bring faces in. They won’t be guaranteed a place because nobody is here, and that has been the secret of our success so far.”