Luke Young is expecting Fulham to be bolder when they take on Aston Villa tomorrow afternoon than in the fixture at Villa Park earlier in the season.
The Whites claimed a creditable point in November in a 0-0 draw that dealt a blow to Villa’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions’ League next season. Fulham offered little going forward, with a couple of efforts from Clint Dempsey testing Brad Friedel. Young, who is friendly with several Fulham players from his spells at Tottenham, Charlton and Middlesbrough, reckons that Fulham, buoyed by a good season and their strong home record, will be more adventurous at Craven Cottage.
Most of them are what I call footballers.
They’re all good on the ball, especially in midfield. They like to pass it as quickly as possible and play some good stuff.
They are difficult to beat, particularly at home, so it will be a tough game for us. I think it would be fair to say they came to Villa Park and were very happy with a point. We were unlucky not to win considering the way we played.
Since then I think they’ve grown in confidence a bit because of their results, especially against the big sides at home.
I think they will play a lot differently, they will try to win the game this time.