Sunderland's Marton Fulop has point to prove to Tottenham
04 March 2009 12:44
The Hungarian will be hoping that his Anfield error does not deny him the opportunity to pit his wits against his former club at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.
Fulop, 25, left White Hart Lane for Wearside two years ago after a brief loan spell but it is only this season that he has been given the chance to impress following an injury to Scotland goalkeeper Craig Gordon.
He has been in outstanding form for Sunderland of late but was responsible for Liverpool's second goal in the 2-0 defeat on Merseyside on Tuesday night.
"I will have to look at the video to judge exactly what happened with the second goal," Fulop said:
"I don't know if I should have stayed on my line or perhaps punched it. I tried to catch the cross, but it was a bit too long.
"I misjudged it and Liverpool scored. This is the goalkeeper's life.
"It is the manager's decision now for Spurs. I will prepare like I'm number one and am playing.
"If he wants to change it, I will have to deal with that. But I felt good in the game last night. I made a mistake and against good team particularly, it costs you.
Fulop is confident that Sunderland can return to winning ways against Harry Redknapp's side.
"I really think we can keep the three points at home," Fulop added. "It is a surprise to me that Spurs are down in the bottom half of the table, but I am sure they will be OK.
"They're too good to go down, but we are only interested in keeping the distance between us and them."
He continued: "We have progressed in the last few weeks, so we are disappointed not to get something from the Liverpool game.
"In the first half we got close to them, but in the second half they seemed to make chances easily."
The 6ft 6in Fulop, a Hungarian international, joined Sunderland for Â£500,000 in a deal that saw academy product Ben Alnwick move to Tottenham in Jan 2007 after three years without a game for the North London club following his transfer from MTK Hungaria FC.
He had to be content with spells on loan at the likes of Chesterfield, Coventry before he headed to Sunderland where his prospects looked bleak as he was deemed surplus to requirement was loaned out to Leicester and Stoke before seizing his first-team chance under Black Cats manager Ricky Sbragia with both hands.