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Match preview: Fulham (A)

14 February 2017

Nottingham Forest travel to Craven Cottage to take on Fulham in the Sky Bet Championship on Tuesday 14 February (kick-off 7.45pm).


Saturday's defeat against Norwich was a blow for Gary Brazil's side after a strong run of results. The 5-1 defeat proved to be a reminder of how far Forest have to go to improve and climb up the table, but it was just the second defeat in the last six games and Brazil will be hoping to rekindle that loving feeling on Valentine's Day against Fulham.

The Cottagers are in the chasing pack of teams behind the play-off spots and will be hoping to add some consistency to their game to be in with a shout of the top six come May. Slavisa Jokanovic's side pulled off a late comeback to beat Wigan 3-2 on Saturday and they will be hoping for similarly good character on Tuesday night.

Eric Lichaj will miss the trip to West London after being sent off in the defeat against Norwich on Saturday, while Stephen Henderson will miss the rest of the season after picking up a serious-looking Achilles injury. Vladimir Stojkovic, Jordan Smith and Dimitar Evtimov are battling to deputise in goal and Ross McCormack will be pushing for a starting berth after his goalscoring debut from the bench. Michael Mancienne will also be targeting a timely return to the side after missing the trip to Norwich through injury.

With Ryan Fredericks serving the second of a three-game ban following his red card against Birmingham, Dennis Odoi is likely to deputise again at right back after scoring the equaliser against Wigan on Saturday and Tomas Kalas is also a doubt with a hip injury.


Nottingham Forest

Birmingham (A) - Drew 0-0
Bristol City (H) - Won 1-0
Leeds (A) - Lost 2-0
Rotherham (H) - Won 2-0
Aston Villa (H) - Won 2-1
Norwich (A) - Lost 5-1

Fulham

QPR (A) - Drew 1-1
Reading (A) - Lost 1-0
Hull (H - FA Cup) - Won 4-1
Burton (A) - Won 2-0
Birmingham (A) - Lost 1-0
Wigan (H) - Won 3-2


Tom Cairney

Scottish playmaker Tom Cairney is likely to be the man to create something for Fulham against Forest on Tuesday night. The 26-year-old has chipped in with five goals and six assists this season and his technical ability can cause problems for defences. 

After bursting onto the scene with Hull City, Cairney moved to Blackburn and made the move to Fulham at the start of last season. Now in his peak years, Cairney will be hoping to kick on and push Fulham towards the play-off spots.

Head coach Slavisa Jokanovic said he was disappointed with his team despite the win over Wigan on Saturday. Speaking after the match, he said: “I can be proud of my team’s desire to score the goals to win the game, but from another side I was really disappointed with some parts of the game.

“We weren’t solid enough, we didn’t show a good enough attitude or desire to defend, or when we were playing without the ball, and this is an important part of football, too.

“It’s not important that we have 73 per cent possession of the ball if you cannot fix the problem without the ball. This kind of present we gave them today is simply not acceptable. If we don’t improve this part of the game we cannot be successful.

“I expect I’m going to find something different on Tuesday night [against Nottingham Forest] and we’re going to be still better in some parts of the game. At the end we scored the third goal and we go home satisfied with the points, but I’m not satisfied with what we offered today.”

Tickets are on general sale and are priced as follows:

Adults - £25
Seniors (65 years of age and above) - £20
Young Adults (aged 18-21 years) - £20
Juniors (aged 17 and under) - £15

Tickets can be purchased in-person at the ticket office, online at tickets.nottinghamforest.co.uk or by calling 0115 982 4388.

Live audio commentary of the game will be available on Forest Player HD from 7pm while there will also be live text commentary available on the Forest Wall and on the club's Twitter page from 7.30pm. Forest Player HD will also have extended match highlights from 12pm on Wednesday, as well as all the reaction from the Forest camp after the game.

To win:

Fulham - 4/7
Nottingham Forest - 9/2
Draw - 16/5

To score first:

Chris Martin - 7/2
Lucas Piazon - 5/1
Britt Assombalonga - 6/1
Ross McCormack - 17/2

Fixtures to be played at 7.45pm on Tuesday unless otherwise stated.

Aston Villa v Barnsley
Brighton v Ipswich
Derby v Cardiff
Leeds v Bristol City
Norwich v Newcastle
Preston v Birmingham
Rotherham v Huddersfield
Sheffield Wednesday v Blackburn
Wolves v Wigan
Reading v Brentford (kick-off 8pm)

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