Pushes to start for Cot­tagers

Woodrow

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Katie Falkingham

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

EY Ful­ham

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