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THE INSIDE TRACK: FULHAM

16 October 2016

Our guide to the Cottagers

NORWICH City head to Fulham on Tuesday, October 18 (7:45pm) in the Sky Bet Championship. 

Here we take a look at what City will come up against at Craven Cottage.

IN THE DUGOUT
Slavisa Jokanovic is currently in his first full term at the helm of Fulham, having been appointed last December following the departure of Kit Symons.

He joined the London side following a six-month stint at Israeli outfit Maccabi Tel Aviv, who he notably led into the Champions League group stages for the first time. 

Jokanovic had previously spent the 2014-15 campaign in charge at Watford, leading them to promotion to the Premier League ahead of leaving the club at the season's conclusion.


A wide-ranging coaching career has seen Serbian - a former Yugoslavia international - take on managerial challenges in his homeland, Thailand, Bulgaria, Spain and England.

Fulham remained largely in the same position following his arrival, eventually finishing 20th at the end of 2015-16, but Jokanovic has overseen a more promising start this time around.

However, despite currently sitting tenth in the Sky Bet Championship, the Cottagers are without a home league win since the first game of the season when they defeated Newcastle United. 

IN THE PRESS
Fulham must start putting together a string of results at home in order to be challenging at the right end of the Sky Bet Championship table, according to manager Slavisa Jokanovic.

A dozen of the Cottagers' 17 points accumulated so far this season have been collected on the road, with their solitary league success in front of their own supporters coming at the start of August.


Speaking after his side recorded a 4-2 win at Barnsley on Saturday, Jokanovic told fulhamfc.co.uk: "We need to recover and be ready for a new game on Tuesday night.

"The target now is to improve at home. For some reason we play under pressure at Craven Cottage and are not comfortable with the ball like when we are away.

"We have offered good things to fans who see us away but to be fighting for more important things we need to improve at home. The new test for us is going to be Tuesday."

ONE TO WATCH
Tom Cairney has proven to be an astute signing by Fulham, having been snapped up from Blackburn Rovers ahead of last season.

A record of just approximately one goal every four league games since then represents an impressive strike-mate from midfield, with Cairney having already netted three times this term.

Among those goals this campaign was one at Ewood Park, against his former employers, which ultimately proved the difference in a 1-0 away win for the Whites.


Originally graduating from Hull's Academy, he was named as the Club's 2008-09 Young Player of the Year despite having not made a senior appearance at that point.

His first team debut came in August 2009, before making his Premier League bow the following January, gradually establishing himself to make a total of 80 appearances for the Tigers.

Moving on loan to Blackburn in the early stages of the 2013-14 season, he went on to sign permanently with the Lancashire side; spending a further year with them then joining Fulham.

THE SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Marcus Bettinelli, David Button, Jesse Joronen.

Defenders: Ryan Fredericks, Scott Malone, Denis Odoi, Tim Ream, Michael Madl, Ragnar Sigurdsson, Thomas Kalas.

Midfielders: Kevin McDonald, Neeskens Kabano, Scott Parker (c), Tom Cairney, Stefan Johansen, Ryan Tunnicliffe, Lasse Vigen Christensen, Jozabed, Sean Kavanagh.

Forwards: Matt Smith, Floyd Ayite, Cauley Woodrow, Lucas Piazon, Sone Aluko, Chris Martin.



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