Denis Odoi has warned his Fulham team-mates they will get “battered” by Burnley on Saturday if they repeat the performance that led to them being dumped out of the FA Cup by League Two Oldham.
When defender Odoi put Fulham ahead after 52 minutes, it looked as though they would be in the hat for tonight’s fourth-round draw.
However, Sam Surridge and Callum Lang struck in the final 14 minutes, while goalkeeper Daniel Iversen also saved Aleksandar Mitrovic’s 84th-minute penalty, to secure a memorable win for Oldham.
Fulham now have to dust themselves down ahead of a crucial match at Burnley, who are just four points above them in the Premier League in 16th place.
Odoi said: “If we are going to play [like we did] today, we are going to get battered [at Turf Moor],” Odoi told Standard Sport.
“We know how to play them. We showed at home in the beginning of the season how we can play them [Fulham beat Burnley 4-2 in August] and what they don’t like.
“We need to realise this and be able to bring that mental fight to Burnley because I think today was all about mentality.
It was about going into a game and saying: ‘We are going to put up a good display, we are going to fight.
If they are going to be aggressive, we are going to be as aggressive but play better football.’ And today we didn’t do that.”
Oldham were worthy winners. Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri made six changes from the side that lost 4-1 against Arsenal on New Year’s Day but those who came in failed to stake their claim for a spot in the team.
“I couldn’t care less about my goal,” said Odoi. “I mean it [the feeling] is disappointment all over, obviously shameful. It is just not good enough from our part. We realise that.
“I think we know where some things went wrong but it is up to us to talk it out between one and other and then focus on Burnley.”
A defeat by a team in League Two could be viewed as a wake-up call for Fulham, who will now solely be concentrating on avoiding relegation from the Premier League.
However, Odoi believes the players should already be well aware of the situation in which they find themselves.
“I mean, which wake-up call do we need? We are second to last in the table, so I didn’t need to get kicked out of the FA Cup against Oldham to be woken up,” Odoi added.
“I was awake already. So this is not a reality check for us or anything.
“The reality is that we are second to last and it is going to be a tough season, and whether we would have won against Oldham or not it is still the same.”