Kačaniklić's Cup Woe

Saturday 26 January 2013 22:42

Alexander Kačaniklić has described Fulham’s FA Cup with Budweiser Fourth Round exit as a ‘sad moment’ as the Whites slipped to a 4-1 defeat against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday.

A Ryan Giggs penalty after just three minutes set the Red Devils on the way to victory, while three second-half goals in 15 minutes capped a frustrating evening for Martin Jol’s side.

“When you come to Old Trafford, the last thing you want to do is concede so early,” said Alexander to fulhamfc.com. “It was the same last weekend at the Etihad when we faced Manchester City. At this level and against such high-quality opponents, it’s very difficult to recover. 

“Okay, it’s a tough place to play and United will always be the favourites at home, no matter who they play, but 4-1 was still a disappointing scoreline. My honest assessment is that we were just not good enough today.

“As a result, we’re now out of the cup – it’s a sad moment for us. We wanted to put a good run together, when you start out you always have faith that you can do well and go as far as possible. Yes, this was a tricky tie, but we still hoped to do better.”

With Fulham’s FA Cup involvement at an end, attentions now turn to Wednesday’s Barclays Premier League game against West Ham United at Craven Cottage. The Hammers enter the match in 12th place, two points and two positions above the Whites.

“That’s the focus now and it’s a massive game,” added the 21-year-old. “We know that we need to raise our game and a win against West Ham would put things back on track.

“January has been a strange month for us, it started well with a win at West Bromwich Albion, and then of course, we went through against Blackpool in the previous round of the cup. There was the draw with Wigan Athletic also, but now we have lost our last two games.

“But those games have been against arguably the best two teams in the league. We’re 14th in the table and we want to be a lot higher, but we have to start winning again.

“West Ham are a good side, but at Craven Cottage we always have confidence that we can take three points. It’s been a difficult period, but we’re determined to pull through – and hopefully that starts in four days’ time.”