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Match pack: Fulham (A)

21 January 2015

Get all the news and views ahead of Nottingham Forest's Sky Bet Championship trip to Fulham on Wednesday night (kick-off 7.45pm).

Fulham v Nottingham Forest
Sky Bet Championship
Wednesday 21 January (kick-off 7.45pm)
Craven Cottage

Pre-match brief

Fresh from their thrilling 2-1 victory over local rivals Derby County on Saturday, Nottingham Forest are on the road once again tomorrow night as they head to the capital to take on Kit Symons and his Fulham side.

The last-gasp win at the iPro Stadium has injected new life into Forest's stuttering season and Stuart Pearce's men will make the journey to Craven Cottage looking to record back-to-back wins for the first time since mid-November.

Fulham will be high on confidence themselves after they notched an injury-time winner to defeat Reading at the weekend meaning that the gap between Forest and the Cottagers stays at just three points.

Team news

Forest manager Stuart Pearce may be tempted to stick with the side that beat Derby on Saturday with no new injury concerns or suspensions to The Reds' squad following the game at the iPro Stadium.

The trip to Craven Cottage tomorrow may come too soon for Michael Mancienne and Matty Fryatt as the pair recover from their respective injuries while Chris Cohen, Andy Reid and Dexter Blackstock remain in the treatment room.

Fulham defender Sean Kavanagh missed the weekend win over Reading with a cut knee but could return in time for tomorrow night's game while midfielder Lasse Vigen Christensen may be fit after recovering from a hamstring strain. 

Cottagers boss Kit Symons will be without the services of defenders Tim Hoogland (hernia) and Fernando Amorebieta (knee) while Australian striker Adam Taggart is a long-term absentee with a groin injury sustained in pre-season.

View from the Red corner 

Stuart Pearce: "They’ve got two youngsters, Dembele and Woodrow, who have come through the academy set-up with Steve Wigley, and Patrick Roberts on the bench. They’ve got a good squad situation and it’s going to be a tough game for us, there’s no doubt. 

"They’re certainly picking up after a horrific start to the season, but it should be a game we go in to with our tails up, saying ‘We need to build from the weekend. Can we get a positive result to keep the momentum going now?’"

Click here to read more of Pearce's thoughts ahead of the match against Fulham.

What's the form guide?

Nottingham Forest recorded their first win in nine matches on Saturday as Ben Osborn's thunderous last-minute strike earned them all three points at the home of near neighbours Derby County in a 2-1 win.

Victory at the iPro Stadium moved Forest back into the top half of the Sky Bet Championship table and another win at Craven Cottage tomorrow night would see The Reds leapfrog three teams and move up to ninth.


Fulham recorded their first league win in five attempts on Saturday as Bryan Ruiz's 93rd-minute strike was enough to see off Reading 2-1 at Craven Cottage and move the Cottagers up to 15th in the Sky Bet Championship table.

Kit Symons' men have been in inconsistent form on their own turf in recent weeks having suffered defeats to Watford (5-0) and Brighton (2-0) either side of a crushing 4-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday.

Haven't we met before?

The two teams last met back in September at The City Ground as Britt Assombalonga's excellent hat-trick was enough to guide Forest to a thrilling 5-3 win in a game which spelled the end of former Fulham boss Felix Magath's reign.

February 2001 was the last time the two sides met at Craven Cottage as Louis Saha's 20th-minute goal separated the teams with The Reds fielding a team which included Dave Beasant, David Johnson and Ben Olsen.

 

Are tickets available?

Around 800 tickets remain for Nottingham Forest's trip to Fulham on Wednesday night. For more details and a list of prices, please click here.

How do I get there?

At the end of the M1, turn right (west) onto the A406 (North Circular) and follow it towards Harrow for nearly 4.5 miles. Turn left (east) onto the A40 heading into London (passing close to Loftus Road) and after a little over four miles turn right (west) onto the A402 for just about 350 yards.

Turn left (south) along the A219 for a little over half a mile. This brings you into Hammersmith where you turn right onto the A315 and then after just 130 yards or so turn left (south) back onto the A219. Follow this road for a little over a mile, and the stadium is located down the side streets off to your right. 

The closest station to Craven Cottage is Putney Bridge which is approximately a 10-20 minute walk from the stadium. Exit the station and walk through the underpass into Bishops Park. Follow the path through Bishops Park, along the river until you reach the stadium. 

What if I can't make the game?

Live audio commentary will be available on Forest Player, as well as free live text commentary on www.nottinghamforest.co.uk and via @Official_NFFC on Twitter.

Forest Player will also have extended match highlights from 12pm on Thursday, as well as all the reaction from the Forest camp.

What are the odds?

Nottingham Forest are the slight 2/1 outsiders to make it two wins on the spin at Craven Cottage tomorrow night with the draw priced at 12/5 and a home win at 13/10.

Ben Osborn struck a stunning winning goal at Derby on Saturday and supporters can back the midfielder at 5/1 to find the back of the net once again in West London tomorrow night.

Unsurprisingly a repeat of Forest's 5-3 win back in September is a long shot at 250/1 while a potentially more realistic 2-0 win for The Reds has odds of 14/1.

Please visit www.skybet.com/forest for all the latest odds for Fulham v Forest.

Who is in charge?

Referee: Andy Haines
Assistant Referees: John Busby and Andrew Laver
Fourth Official: Darren Blunden

Who else is playing?

Leeds v Bournemouth (Tuesday, kick-off 7.45pm)
Middlesbrough v Cardiff (Tuesday, kick-off 7.45pm)
Brighton v Ipswich (Wednesday, kick-off 7.45pm)


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