Nottingham Forest manager Steve Cooper was full of praise for the quality Fulham possess ahead of Saturday’s clash with their fellow promoted side at Craven Cottage.
Fulham have consistently punched above their weight this season after gaining promotion from the Championship.
The Cottagers are currently eighth in the Premier League and are on course to secure a European qualification should their decent form continue.
After back-to-back 1-0 defeats to top-four hopefuls Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur, Marco Silva’s side held Chelsea to a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge.
They will enter the game against Forest on the back of an enthralling 3-2 win over Championship side Sunderland in the FA Cup fourth round.
Cooper has heaped praise on Fulham but also backed his impressive Reds to ‘do well’ against their former lower-league foes.
“One game at a time,” Cooper told reporters (via Football Daily).
“I think they’ve [Fulham] been excellent this season, and credit to them for that and the points that they have and their league position.
“They’ve really seemed to carry on with the momentum that they had last year in the championship. It’s not easy to get promoted, but it was a fairly comfortable thing, it seemed, for them, and they’ve continued with that.
“They’re a team with good cohesion that have played a similar way now for a good while, and that can have its benefits, so it’s a game that’s gonna be a tough one, particularly away from home.
“It’s a tough game, but it’s one that we’ve gotta go there with the belief that we can do well, and if we have that, then we give ourselves a chance of doing well. So it’s a game that we’re gonna be ready for, for sure.”
The Tricky Trees have turned a corner after an abysmal start to the season, and they are now on a decent run of form leading up to this weekend’s crunch tie.
Brennan Johnson’s first-haJohnson’s was enough for them to beat Leeds United 1-0 last time out, and they will be looking to follow up at Craven Cottage.
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