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MATCH PREVIEW | FULHAM V TOWN

7 April 2017

Blues defender, Jordan looks ahead to Town's trip to the capital

Jordan Spence refuses to believe that Fulham are the side that will take the burden of pressure this weekend, and that Town still have just as much to play for.

The Blues travel to Craven Cottage to face Slavisa Jokanovic's Play-Off chasing Whites, but Jordan has his own targets he wants to achieve.

"We know what they're chasing after, but they have no more incentive than we do to go out there and put a performance in," he told Ipswich Player HD.

"Hopefully we can go and get a positive result, but they're a good side.

"You recognise some of their players but I'm not too much of a respecter of persons when it comes to football, we'll just go out there and put our best foot forward.

"I don't think the pressure is more on Fulham, and I don't think it should be. The incentive is there for everyone, particularly us, given it could be the first time we record back-to-back wins this season.

"If you want to keep a winning mentality, you can't be content with saying the other team is under more pressure than you.

"The greatest pressure you can put on yourself should be from yourself individually and not from outside sources.

"Their fans will expect them to beat us, but we certainly won't be helping that effort."


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Team News

Town

The Blues will be without Cole Skuse for the trip to London with the midfielder still sidelined due to the concussion he suffered against Birmingham last weekend. Jonas Knudsen will also be out with a shoulder injury that he suffered in training and will miss the remainder of the season. Steven Taylor is also expected to miss a chunk of the final month of the campaign with a recurrence of his hamstring injury. Tom Lawrence is fit again following a groin injury and should be part of the travelling squad, but Adam Webster [ankle] Luke Hyam [ankle] and Giles Coke [knee] remain out.


Fulham

Striker Chris Martin will be available for selection again having missed the midweek defeat at Derby under the terms of his loan agreement, and Lucas Piazon could also play a part having returned to action at the iPro Stadium having recovered from a broken jaw. Scott Parker remains doubtful, however, as Fulham have a relatively full squad to choose from.

Where They Stand

Town: 17th
Fulham 7th

Last Time They Met

The Whites took all three points with a convincing display on Boxing Day when the sides last faced each other. Chris Martin put Fulham into the lead with a free-kick midway through the first-half before Icelandic defender Ragnar Sigurdsson doubled the lead and secured the win with little over ten minutes to play. In truth, it could have been more on the day, but 2-0 was how it ended.


Key Players

Freddie Sears

The front-man has started Town's last two matches having had a spell on the bench, and he certainly made his mark on Tuesday. The striker bagged two in the 3-0 win over Wigan at Portman Road, and was a constant nuisance to the Latics' defenders. With Tom Lawrence now pushing for his place back in the team, Freddie's goals have come at the perfect time for him as he looks to stay in the starting XI, and up front with David McGoldrick.


Tom Cairney

Despite having strong performers such as Chris Martin, Sone Aluko, Stefan Johansen and Ryan Sessegnon in their side, Tom Cairney has still perhaps been Fulham's, or even the Championship's, Player of the Season. He has scored nine and assisted nine goals so far this campaign, and he has often been the Whites' match-winner, scoring some vital goals. He is also a danger from set-pieces, and will be the one to watch at Craven Cottage.

Sky Bet Odds

Town: 5/1
Draw: 16/5
Fulham: 8/15

Match Officials

Referee: Geoff Eltringham
Assistant Referees: Mark Pottage & John Flynn
Fourth Official: Akil Howson


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