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Eastick wary of Fulham threat

16 September 2014

First-team coach Brian Eastick has warned Nottingham Forest’s players that if they are not absolutely focused they will “have a problem” against Fulham tomorrow night.

The West London club will arrive in Nottingham having failed to pick up a league win so far this season, but Eastick believes it won’t be long before they break that duck.  

Speaking to Forest Player, he said: “Fulham are going to win a football match sooner rather than later. They’re going to be dangerous opponents in a different way to Derby.  

“They have had a high turnover of players which is inevitable when you get relegated from the Premier League, but they’ve got some very good young players.  

“Patrick Roberts, who I saw play for England at 16 and 17, is probably the best player in his age band.”  

Sunday’s East Midlands derby saw influential captain Chris Cohen come off early with an injury and Eastick says the club are waiting to learn results of a scan which took place this afternoon.  

Eastick said: “Chris is a concern. We don’t want to jump to too many conclusions but we’re all keeping our fingers crossed.  

“He’s certainly gained the respect of the manager and all the coaching staff since we came into this football club.  

“He’s an outstanding professional, a great captain and a very, very good player. We need our best players on the pitch and Chris is one of those.”  

Eastick also revealed Andy Reid is likely to miss the Cottagers clash, while Jack Hobbs will need to be assessed.

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