Fulham boss Kit Symons reckons his side need to attack from the start if they are to upset league leaders Bournemouth on Boxing Day.
The Cherries have scored 11 in their last two outings, but Symons refuses to park a defensive bus as he also hopes to build on a return to form.
Fulham beat Sheffield Wednesday 4-0 on Saturday, and the manager insists he can make it three wins on the bounce if his players say no to second helpings of Christmas pud the day before.
“We’ve got to be on top of our game,” he said. “Bournemouth have scored 50 goals already and we have to be tight. But I’m not one for parking the bus, and we need to be positive.
“I’m not worried about facing a side in form. In fact, I’m really excited and I fancy we can beat anyone on our day.”
It’s a midfield battle of the brothers-in-law when Fulham’s Scott Parker squares up the Cherries’ Harry After.
The Bournemouth man has described the family feud as ‘surreal’; Symons is convinced the former England international won’t turn a hair.
“They’re both very important players,” he said. “But Scott will just get on with it and treat it like any normal game.”
Fulham will train on Christmas Day; go home to their families, and return for a Boxing Day breakfast before getting on the coach for the trip to the South coast.