Crowd on song for Trollope
Bristol Rovers manager Paul Trollope saluted his team and their "immense" fans after forcing an FA Cup replay against Fulham.
By Hayley Paterson
Last Updated: 06/01/08 6:19pm
Bristol Rovers manager Paul Trollope saluted his team and their "immense" fans after forcing a third round FA Cup replay against Fulham.
The 7,000 travelling supporters completely filled one end of Craven Cottage and spurred their team to draw 2-2 with the Premiership side.
"Those supporters were immense - as usual," the former Fulham midfielder said.
"They give us backing like that every week even though they are not crammed into one area like that at The Memorial Stadium, and they will be well up for the replay.
"We are actually a little bit disappointed to have come out with only a draw, after leading twice, and I think we should be very hopeful of landing the cup shock on our own ground under lights. It should be a great night."
With several key figures coming back for The Pirates, Trollope has a selection headache ahead of the replay on 15th January.
"I've got some selection problems because we were without quite a few players today but the ones who stood in did a magnificent job.
"These are huge games for lower division clubs and some of the bigger sides give you a chance by resting players in the FA Cup, but that wasn't quite the case today.
"Fulham had some big-name players out there and although they may be struggling at the moment, they've got a new manager and are all keen to impress," he added.
Fulham twice came from behind after Danny Coles' scored the opener in the third minute and Craig Hinton rose with powerful header on 65 minutes to put Rovers in front.
But David Healy equalised before half-time and Danny Murphy's spectacular equaliser in the second half sealed the replay.