What’s the general mood in the Fulham camp on how the season has gone so far?
It’s one of disappointment; everyone thought that Fulham would be challenging for automatic promotion after getting to the Play-Offs last season, but it hasn’t turned out that way. The football isn’t as fluid and there have been poor losses and late goals conceded - that’s all combined to leave an air of disappointment around the Cottage. The 5-4 win against Sheffield United – which is probably the craziest game I’ve ever seen in my life – has added some optimism as, before that, the team would get into the final third, become devoid of ideas and then not be able to produce meaningful chances.
Slavisa Jokanovic’s men ended a six-game winless run in that nine-goal thriller at Bramall Lane– do you think that will be a turning point in the season?
I think so and I think Jokanovic could sense that it was going to be a turning point as well; that was the most animated I’ve ever seen him on the touchline. Now they’ve got the confidence they can score again, along with a fully-fit Tom Cairney, it could be a turning point.
What should Dean Smith’s men expect in terms of how Fulham set up?
They always set up with three in the middle; Kevin McDonald playing the anchor role, allowing either Stefan Johansen or Ollie Norwood and Tom Cairney to dictate the pace of the game. Fulham like to have a lot of the ball, the same way Brentford do, so it’ll be interesting to see who lets off a little bit. The Whites tend to dominate the ball and commit men forward very quickly.
If you could bring one Brentford player to Craven Cottage, who would it be?
Ryan Woods; he’s one of the best players in the division. He’s similar to Ollie Norwood, but I think he’s a better player with a ridiculous passing range. I’d also look at Ollie Watkins - Fulham were lacking something of an attacking threat and he’s been brilliant for Brentford despite having only played in League Two previously.
What’s your score prediction?
I think it’ll be a draw, so I’m going to sit on the fence and go for 2-2.
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