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CITY v FULHAM: OPPOSITION VIEW

29 April 2015

Essential reading on this weekend's opponents

FULHAM

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

THE LOWDOWN
Fulham’s fortunes took a turn for the worse on Good Friday with a 4-1 home defeat to west London rivals Brentford – but an unbeaten run since has seen them secure Sky Bet Championship football for next season.

Their position became mathematically secure when Millwall lost at Blackburn three days after Kit Symons’ men had crucially edged out Blackpool on April 18.


With the pressure shackles removed, they beat Norwich’s play-off rivals Middlesbrough in a seven-goal thriller on home turf last time out, and reporter Paul Warburton says they merit survival.

“The over-riding suspicion now turned to fact is there are three worse Championship teams (at least),” he told City’s official matchday programme, ‘OTBC’.

“The club were very worried but it was never really felt among fans.”

Since 1986, they haven’t been defeated by City and lead the overall head-to-head record between the two clubs with 22 wins to the Canaries’ 11.

They have one former City player in their squad: midfielder Scott Parker (2000), while Michael Turner is currently on loan at Craven Cottage but won’t be eligible to face his parent club on Saturday.
 



THE BOSS

Kit Symons was promoted to First Team Manager at the end of October.

The 44-year-old had been serving as caretaker following Felix Magath’s dismissal over a month before, during which time he guided the London club through an upturn in form.

Assessing his time at the helm, Warburton added: “The man himself called it a 'rollercoaster.' He had an immediate impact before the side's form dipped over the last two months, and now they're unbeaten in five.


“Fans have booed and cheered him during the same minute at recent games, but there is no doubt he saved the club from relegation.”

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.


THE SQUAD

Goalkeepers: Gabor Kiraly, Richard Lee, Marcus Bettinelli, Jesse Joronen.

Defenders: Tim Hoogland, Konstantinos Stafylidis, Shaun Hutchinson, Nikolay Bodurov, Kay Voser, Michael Turner, Tiago Casasola, James Husband, Jazz Richards, Sean Kavanagh, Dan Burn, Jack Grimmer.

Midfielders: Scott Parker (c), Alexander Kacaniklic, Seko Fofana, Danny Guthrie, Ryan Tunnicliffe, Lasse Vigen Christensen, Emerson Hyndman, Adil Chihi, Ryan Williams.

Forwards: Matt Smith, Bryan Ruiz, Patrick Roberts, Cauley Woodrow, Adam Taggart, Hugo Rodallega, Moussa Dembele, Ross McCormack.

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