Fulham manager Martin Jol plans to give Dimitar Berbatov and some other first team regulars a rest in Tuesday night’s FA Cup replay at Blackpool.
The Fulham boss is starting to worry about the league form and the workload on his players and he also admits the prospect of a fourth round tie away at Manchester United will affect his selection.
The Dutchman has hinted there is little point in draining his resources unduly when an ‘unwinnable tie’ may be the reward.
“The draw might have done that [affected my feelings about the FA Cup replay],” Jol said.
“I was really happy to go to Blackpool, and stay in the draw, and then I saw the draw.
“It’s not easy, but maybe our neighbours can do something about it, because I would love to play a derby game in the cup against West Ham.
“I try to play the best team all the time and I feel that we need to change the team for Blackpool to maybe give players like Berbatov – who played all the matches – a rest.
“But I have to make a decision on that, because I still feel under the circumstances that it is very important to stay in that cup.”