Nottingham Forest defender Matt Mills has enjoyed building a partnership with Danny Fox in recent matches.
Fox has been playing at centre back in the continued absence of injured trio Michael Mancienne, Jack Hobbs and Kelvin Wilson.
And, while it may not be Fox’s natural position, Mills says his team-mate’s defensive instincts are coming to the fore.
Mills told Forest Player HD: “He’s an aggressive defender so I think he’s enjoying the battle with the striker. Also, he’s got a great leap on him and times his jumps well - that’s obviously important when balls are coming into the box, like at Rotherham.
“He’s a talker and he listens, which is always important, and I feel we’ve formed quite a good partnership in the short space of time we’ve played together.
“We’ve got some really strong defensive players and Foxy’s had to be patient. He’s kept himself really fit and, having not played many games, the energy levels he’s brought have been fantastic.
“That energy and enthusiasm flows throughout the team and, speaking to him, I don’t think he wants the season to end – he’s really enjoying his football right now.”
Mills and Fox are likely to resume their partnership at Fulham’s Craven Cottage tomorrow.
And Mills says it will be a balancing act for the team as they seek out victory in the capital.
He said: “Fulham are a strange team. They can win 4-0 and lose 4-0 it seems, so we need to get our balance right in terms of nullifying the obvious threat of McCormack and Dembele, and on the flip side really hurting them offensively.
“In recent weeks there has been quite a bit of pressure in terms of getting results. I think the shackles can come off a little bit in that sense and maybe that will produce better football.
“Hopefully it’s a lovely day, the fans can have a few beers on the water before the game and enjoy their team winning.”