Pushes to start for Cottagers
CAULEY WOODROW admits he is ready to muscle his way into Kit Symons’ first-team plans after a confidence-boosting couple of weeks.
The 20-year-old striker, who is fresh from international duty with the England Under-21s, twice came off the bench to score for the Cottagers in August, including a late equaliser against Huddersfield to claim a point.
And after starting both of the Under-21s’ games against the USA and Norway earlier this month,Woodrow is keen to feature in Symons’ starting XI as Fulham host Blackburn on Sunday.
“I’d like to think I’ve given the manager a bit of a selection headache now,” said Woodrow, who also sealed Fulham’s win over Rotherham last time out with another late goal.
“Getting two was nice after coming off the bench, so that gives the manager something to think about.
“Rotherham was a great win for us just before the international break, and another win against Blackburn would give us confidence.”
Fulham are favourites to win against a Rovers side who have made a lacklustre start.
Gary Bowyer’s men have taken just three points from their first five games, and are keen to kick-start their season with a win away from home this weekend.
Midfielder Danny Guthrie has admitted Rovers need to get three points at the Cottage after a less than impressive start. But the 28-year-old, who enjoyed a short loan spell at Craven Cottage last season, knows his old club will be tough to beat.
“I spent three months at Fulham on loan at the end of last season and I really enjoyed it. It’s a lovely club with good players, so it will be a good game,” Guthrie said.“Championship games are so tight and it is small things that affect the game.
“We do need to get the points on the board sooner rather than later though, and this game would be a great time to do just that.
“I’m fit and raring to go and looking forward to playing some games.”
KEY MAN TOM CAIRN