Paul Williams takes his Nottingham Forest side, still in search of his first win, to face Slavisa Jokanovic’s Fulham, at Craven Cottage.
Paul Williams gave his pre match thought’s to the club’s official site:
‘Fulham have two really good strikers who have scored goals for them this season, so that`s an area we need to be looking at.
“The rest of it is going to be about how we approach the game.
We are doing a lot better in my opinion – creating chances. Hopefully they will start going in and we can win the game.
First and foremost we need to get a win for the fans, and secondly for ourselves.
As players and staff we have to perform on Saturday and make sure the fans go home knowing the lads have given it their all.”
Fulham Team News:
Slavisa Jokanovic has a largely fit squad to choose from, although Emerson Hyndman may face a late fitness test to see if he has recovered from an illness.
The only other injury doubt surrounds Michael Madl as Tom Cairney has recovered from a dead leg.
Player to watch: Ross McCormack
The 29 year old Glaswegian striker has scored 23 goals so far this season, 21 in the league in just 42 matches – which is a formidable record – much like his partnership with Moussa Dembele.
Forest’s defence will certainly have another busy afternoon!
Nottingham Forest Team News:
Britt Assombalonga’s 10 minute cameo after being out for 14 months is the only positive injury news.
The injured list remains extensive – Andy Reid, Matty Fryatt, Daniel Pinillos, Nelson Oliveira, Jack Hobbs, Kelvin Wilson, Michael Mancienne and Jamie Ward.
With such limited resources, Williams is unlikely to make many changes – although, Chris Cohen and David Vaughan would be hoping for a starting berth.
Player to watch: Danny Fox
After spending most of the season frozen out of the first team, Danny Fox has returned to fill the void at centre half created by Forest’s injury problems. A clean sheet and goal would be appreciated Danny – no pressure!!
Match Facts & Stats
Paul Williams has been in charge of Forest for 7 games and has failed to win any, losing 4 and drawing 3 – including the last 2 games.
Forest & Fulham each have 48 points from 43 games, with only goal difference keeping Forest keeping the reds 1 place ahead of Fulham in 18th.
Fulham are consistently inconsistent, scoring 64 league goals, compared to Forest’s 37 but they have conceded 73 goals (Forest 44).
This weekend’s referee is Rob Lewis, in charge for the 26th time this season – none of them involving Forest. The previous 25 games have yielded 82 yellows and 4 red cards.
Mr Lewis will be ably assisted by Christopher Pollard and David Avent, with the Fourth Official, Brendan Malone.
Although both sides are not mathematically safe, a point would do the job.
Fulham can’t defend but are understandably the bookies favourites, Forest can’t win under Williams – so a point (1-1?) would do nicely.
Forest take on Wolves in their final home game of the season on Saturday, 30th April – with a 3pm kick off.