The Whites manager points to the healthy tally of Championship sides reaching the latter stages of the game’s most famous domestic competition, including the former centre-half’s Pompey side.
Symons and co on the south coast took the mighty Liverpool to a semi-final replay in 1992 and only missed out on a Wembley showcase by the sudden death of a penalty shoot-out.
The manager reckons this could be Fulham’s season to reach their first semi-final in 12 years, provided they get off to a good start against Wolves on Saturday and reverse the home defeat inflicted by Kenny Jackett’s men in August.
”I love the tradition of the FA Cup – it’s a fantastic competition,” said Symons.
“You say we’ll never win it, but in my first full season with Portsmouth we got to the semi-final as a Championship club, drew 1-1 and 0-0 and lost on penalties.
“Had we won, we would have played another second string side in either Norwich or Sunderland, and it’s not as if we’ve got a lot of midweek games in January – they come in February.
“There will be plenty of time to recover from Monday's game and we’ll treat the cup with the respect it deserves.”
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