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16 October 2014

Essential reading on this weekend's opponents


Nickname: The Cottagers
Manager: Kit Symons (caretaker)
2013/14: 19th (Premier League)
Ground: Craven Cottage
Fastest road route from Carrow Road: 125 miles (2 hours 33 minutes)

After suffering relegation alongside the Canaries and languishing at the bottom of the Sky Bet Championship a month ago, Fulham have started their recovery in recent weeks.

Their 2-0 defeat at Middlesbrough before the international break halted a run of three consecutive wins in all competitions under caretaker boss Kit Symons.

That included a 4-0 demolition of Bolton Wanderers in their last outing at Craven Cottage, but they continue to occupy the relegation spots in the division with seven points from 11 games.

That’s largely due to a dreadful start to life to the second tier – a televised loss to Ipswich Town on the opening day was the first of four on the spin, their maiden league triumph not coming until they visited Birmingham City on September 27.

That was after Felix Magath had been sacked following an ill-fated reign, during which time he oversaw the club’s demotion and a raft of player changes in the summer.

Since 1986, they haven’t been defeated by Norwich City and lead the overall head-to-head record between the two clubs with 21 wins to the Canaries’ 11.

They have two former City players in their squad: midfielders Scott Parker (2000) and Mark Fotheringham (2007-09).

Many supporters, commentators and former players have all called for Kit Symons to be appointed as permanent manager after the club’s upturn in fortunes since he was given caretaker duties a month ago.

“No one understands the fabric of this football club better than me,” he said boldly after taking up the role following Felix Magath’s departure.

“It’s a big job but I’m really excited and very confident that we can start moving up the table very, very soon.”

He soon elevated them off the foot of the Sky Bet Championship with consecutive wins over Birmingham City and Bolton Wanderers, quickly staking his claim for the full-time job.

The 43-year-old has been made to wait, however, with Cottagers owner Shahid Khan creating a ‘managerial search committee’ to advise him on his next move.

Symons earned his coaching stripes as manager of Fulham’s successful Under-21s side and in a part-time role assisting Chris Coleman with the Wales national team.

As a player, he made over 100 league appearances for the club after similarly successful stints at Portsmouth and Manchester City.

Goalkeepers: Gabor Kiraly, Marcus Bettinelli, Jesse Joronen.

Defenders: Tim Hoogland, Kostas Stafylidis, Shaun Hutchinson, Fernando Amorebieta, Nikolay Bodurov, Elsad Zverotic, Kay Voser, Tiago Casasola, Sean Kavanagh, Dan Burn, Cameron Burgess.

Midfielders: Thomas Eisfeld, Scott Parker (c), Lasse Vigen Christensen, Dino Fazlic, Mark Fotheringham, Emerson Hyndman, Chris David, Adil Chihi,

Forwards: Matt Smith, Bryan Ruiz, Patrick Robers, Cauley Woodrow, Adam Taggert, Hugo Rodallega, Moussa Dembele, George Williams, Ross McCormack.

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