Ollie O’Neill wants to help Fulham’s under 23 side reach the quarter-finals of the Premier League Cup this afternoon – but knows that Newcastle will be out to avenge their recent 6-1 defeat at the hands of the Whites.

Steve Wigley’s side recorded that resounding victory in Northumberland on their way to clinching the Premier League 2 Second Division title with five games to spare but O’Neill is expecting a very different encounter at Motspur Park today.

The Republic of Ireland under-21 international told Fulham’s official website:

“I’m sure it’ll be a much tougher game this time because they’ll come back stronger. Nevertheless, we’re really confident at the moment and we’re certainly looking to transfer our league form into this competition.”

O’Neill was delighted to return to the starting line-up against Aston Villa as the Whites wrapped up promotion and the title having spent the past fortnight on the sidelines.

Yeah it was very nice. I was only out for two weeks, so it wasn’t too bad of an injury but definitely a well-timed return. I was playing holding midfield which was a little bit foreign but it was what we needed and I gave it my best shot. It’s definitely nice to do it [win the league] so emphatically, but I think we expected that of ourselves and we wouldn’t have been happy with drawing out the process.”