Hull City head coach Liam Rosenior says this afternoon’s meeting with Fulham in the FA Cup third round will be a special day as he comes up against ‘a club I love’.

Rosenior made his Premier League debut for Fulham against Manchester United in December 2004 and played 92 games for the Whites in five years at Craven Cottage. He became a cult hero amongst the Fulham fans for his whole-hearted performances, following in the footsteps of his father Leroy, who scored 40 goals in 109 appearances during two spells with the club.

Rosenior told his pre-match press conference on Friday:

“Fulham is a club a love. My Dad played for Fulham, I made my debut my Premier League debut for Fulham at the Cottage and it is great to see Marco doing so well there. It is a fantastic football club and they are flying. They’ve done great. They were the best team in the Championship last season. I know it is going to be really, really difficult game but, at the same time, we want to test them and have a really good go at them and test them. I want to make sure if they do get through to the next round, they’ve had to give it absolutely everything.

Every single manager will say in the third round of the FA Cup, they don’t know what they are going to face. I don’t want Marco’s thinking, I wish I did know, but what I do know is no matter what team he puts out – it is going to be full of quality. Full of attacking quality. What Marco’s done in every club he’s worked at: he’s got a really clear style. It doesn’t matter if it is the first eleven, if he makes changes, those players will know their jobs, they know the style of play and the identity that Fulham play with and it is going to be a really, really difficult game.”