Fulham boss Scott Parker says Cardiff City are a “wounded animal” ahead of the second leg of the English Championship promotion play-offs semi-final on Thursday.
Brentford progressed to next week’s promotion play-off, widely regarded as the match worth the most in world football, after getting past Swansea City 3-2 on aggregate.
“Momentum is good, but I’m very conscious that this tie is at half-time,” Parker said.
“OK, we’ve put ourselves in a fantastic position, 2-0 up and we played very, very well, but in saying that were up against a wounded animal in Cardiff, and we’ve got a game now which is going to bring a different challenge.
“As always, every game is about us and what we do. There’s challenges which we may face, but ultimately its about how we put our stamp on the game and bring our qualities to the football match, which we try to always do.
“We want to nullify the problems that Cardiff will cause us, and try and get a real control and put our stamp on the game, and try and get a positive result.
“That’s our aim and what were planning to do. But we also understand what a tough game it will be, and we need to respect that.”
Cardiff boss Neil Harris said his side would come out fighting, desperate to turn the tie on its head and keep alive their promotion dreams.
“We understand the monumental task ahead of us but with our backs to the wall, we’ll come out fighting,” Harris said.
“The atmosphere in the group is fantastic. We really look forward to the challenge of trying to overturn the deficit.”