MICHAEL Symes is hoping to have done enough to earn a start for Burton Albion against Fulham tonight for a game in which the striker believes “there could be an upset”.
The two teams meet in the second round of the League Cup, kick-off 7.45pm, with the Brewers looking for their first-ever win against a top-flight side.
Symes came off the bench at the Pirelli Stadium against Bury on Saturday and scored the goal which got his side back into the match in the 83rd minute after they had trailed 2-0.
“I’m hoping I might have done enough, and I played in the other cup game,” said Symes, who played in the first round win against Sheffield United.
“But I’ve just got to keep working hard, and if I get a start, I get a start.
“It’ll be a good occasion, playing against a Premier League team, and everyone is going to want to play.
“Everyone’s looking forward to it, you want to play against the best teams and see how far you are off them.”
Burton eventually drew 2-2 against the visiting Shakers, with their last-gasp goals likely to give them confidence against a Fulham side beaten 3-1 at home to Arsenal at the weekend.
“That’s a bad result for them, so maybe they might send a stronger team than they were going to, and try and bounce back,” said the 29-year-old.
“They’ve signed a couple of players like Scott Parker who could get a run-out.
“I don’t see why we haven’t got a chance.
“It’s going to be a hard game, but I fancy us at home and there could be an upset.”
Symes was not the only substitute to make an impact, with youngster Matty Palmer also impressing off the bench.
“I think we did well, and sometimes the team can get a lift from a couple of substitutions,” said Symes. “Matty got on the ball and competed well.”
The result against Bury maintains the Brewers’ unbeaten record at the start of the season and keeps them fifth in League Two with two wins and two draws thus far.
“Obviously, we want to win all our home games but after going 2-0 down it’s a good point in the end,” said Symes.