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THE INSIDE TRACK: FULHAM

12 April 2017

Our guide to The Cottagers

NORWICH City host Fulham on Good Friday (3pm) in the Sky Bet Championship. 

Here we take a look at what City will come up at the start of the Easter weekend.

IN THE PRESS
Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic has urged his side to 'find another gear' for their closing games of the regular Sky Bet Championship season ahead of travelling to Carrow Road on Friday.

Speaking before their Easter double-header, the 48-year-old told fulhamfc.co.uk: "
It’s two important games in front of us.

"We’re confident, we’re in a good mental moment. We believe we can win the games that are in front of us.


"
We’ve played 41 games, now it’s a crucial moment of the competition. We need to find extra motivation and extra power and extra desire to try and find our best performance in these five games in front of us.

"Five games are left but really what we want is eight games still to play this season, and we’re going to push hard for this target."


PREVIOUS MEETING
It proved to be a game of two halves when Norwich City travelled to Craven Cottage back in October.

The visitors were handed the chance to go in front just 17 minutes in, when Jacob Murphy was brought down in the box by Fulham defender Scott Malone.

Graham Dorrans stepped up to convert the resultant spot-kick, and did so again with the interval looming when Malone fouled Cameron Jerome in the box.


That gave the away side a 2-0 lead at the break but the hosts quickly stepped things up and pulled a goal back on 55 minutes when Stefan Johansen deflected the ball home.

Midway through the second period, Fulham were level; former Canary Chris Martin ensuring a share of the spoils with a smart solo finish.

COTTAGERS TRIVIA
Fulham were initially formed in 1879 as Fulham St Andrew's Church Sunday School Football Club.

Their lengthy existence means they are notably the longest-established London football team to have participated in the Premier League.

In total they have spent 25 seasons in the top tier of the English game, famously climbing there from the Fourth Division under the ownership of Mohamed Al-Fayed during the late 1990s.


Although they have never won a major honour, they have reached two major finals; the 1975 FA Cup Final and a remarkable run to the 2010 UEFA Europa League Final where they lost to Atletico Madrid after extra-time.

Fulham have played their home games at Craven Cottage since 1896, the iconic 'cottage' still housing the changing rooms in a corner of the stadium. 

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

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

Midfielders: Kevin McDonald, Neeskens Kabano, Scott Parker (c), Tom Cairney, Stefan Johansen, Thanos Petsos.

Forwards: Gohi Bi Zoro Cyriac, Floyd Ayite, Lucas Piazon, Sone Aluko, Chris Martin.



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