LONDON, Jan 31, 2011 (AFP) - Mark Hughes is already eyeing a trip to Wembley after his Fulham side crushed Tottenham to set up an FA Cup fifth round tie at home to Wigan or Bolton.
Hughes's side have emerged from a difficult first half of the campaign to move away from the Premier League relegation zone and they advanced in the Cup on the back of a comprehensive 4-0 demolition of Harry Redknapp's Spurs.
|Fulham's Belgian player Moussa Dembele (L) vies with Tottenham Hotspurs' South African player Steven Pienaar on January 30, 2011. AFP|
The Fulham manager is now confident his side can compete on two fronts and wants them to emulate their efforts of last season when they reached the final of the Europa League when Roy Hodgson was at the helm.
"They are both our priority," said Hughes, referring to the league and the Cup.
"We are looking to try to progress in this competition. It's a fantastic competition. We've navigated the two early rounds and if we get a result in the next round here we're right in the business end of it.
"We'd love to have a run in the Cup. We enjoyed the run to the final of the Europa League last year so if we could get to the final this year, it would be fantastic."
And contemplating the draw, he added: "I think you just want a home draw. Ideally you would want lower league opposition if you could but we've got another Premier league team which is going to be difficult but we don't have any fear of facing anybody here and we are hoping to progress."
Fulham raced into a two goal lead when Danny Murphy converted twice from the penalty spot, the second effort coming after Tottenham skipper Michael Dawson was sent off.
Brede Hangeland and Mousa Dembele than completed the scoring before the break.
Hughes believes his side is now beginning to reflect his methods, having been criticised earlier in the campaign.
"I think you now see elements of what I am trying to instill in the team," he said.
"When I came in I thought we could be a bit more of a dynamic team than we have been because of the personnel we have.
"I was hamstrung somewhat because key individuals weren't available to me at the start of the season. Those key players are starting to come back, the likes of Dembele and Andy Johnson and Bobby Zamora is still to come back.
"We always thought we would be stronger in the second half of the season but we needed those key personnel to come back and thankfully they are now."
Redknapp was left stunned by the defeat and admitted to growing concerns about his side's defensive cover. Dawson will now miss three games through suspension while long term casualties Jonathan Woodgate and Ledley King are unavailable.
William Gallas was forced to come off the substitutes bench to cover for Dawson despite carrying an injury and the manager is anxious to avoid losing any more defenders.
"We are down to two central defenders," Redknapp said.
"William Gallas has a hip injury. I didn't want to play him today but he had to be on the bench because we didn't have any cover.
"He had to come on when we went down to 10 men. Otherwise I only have Sebastien Bassong if Dawson is going to be suspended for three games. Younes Kaboul is having an operation on his knee. I'm not sure how long he'll be out for. Maybe six weeks.
"Ledley King and Woodgate are not fit. We have one spare defender on our books in Vedran Corluka. There is no-one else who can play in the back four."