Captain Lee Clark has warned Fulham’s dithering defenders to remember how to mark opponents or face being dumped out of the FA Cup at Everton on Sunday.
The Cottagers captain was fuming after his team-mates gave the Newcastle strikeforce the freedom of St James’ Park on Monday night – with three converted crosses clinching a 3-1 success against Chris Coleman’s side.
A repeat showing at Goodison Park will only cause more problems in the visitors’ defence, with the Merseysiders’ aerial power widely acknowledged.
Fulham battled to a 2-1 home success against David Moyes’ men earlier this month and Clark called for a repeat performance from his backline.
“If you can’t defend set-pieces and are up against top-class players, you get punished,” he said.
“We have to rectify that quickly as, when things aren’t going well from set-pieces away from home, the last place you want to go is Goodison Park.
“They’ll throw balls into the box and have tall players who like to get on the end of crosses. It’ll be a massive test for us.
“Everton are a big, physical team with a lot of options up front and we know what to expect.”