Fulham head to Teeside on the back of two straight league victories, with caretaker manager Kit Symons overseeing a 2-1 win at Birmingham, before leading the West Londoners to their first home win of the season by defeating Bolton 4-0.
They travel to face Middlesbrough, who themselves have enjoyed a solid month, remaining unbeaten since the last international break, although they are on a run of two successive draws. A win for Aitor Karanka’s men could see the side atop the table come the end of the weekend, whilst Fulham could leave the relegation places for the first time this season with three points.
Despite Fulham’s poor start to the season under former head coach Felix Magath, Boro’s England Under-21 international defender Ben Gibson is not surprised that the Cottagers have finally found form, with their squad still one of the strongest in the division.
Speaking to the official Middlesbrough website, Gibson said: “That was always going to happen.
“You would expect Fulham to go on a run at some point. They have a strong squad, and they have Premier League players.
“We’ll try and deploy the tactics the gaffer wants, press them high and hopefully get some goals.”
Despite Boro’s impressive month, they head into the game having only managed a 1-1 at home to as-of-yet winless Blackpool. The result saw the Reds drop out of the play-off places, and Gibson has urged his teammates to focus upon every game as it comes, and to not take a run of good form fro granted.
“You can’t enjoy being in a good moment too much because a smack around the face is just around the corner, and that came on Tuesday for us.”
Fulham boss Symons is fighting for a chance to take over the club on a permanent basis, and he too should heed the advice given by Gibson, with Fulham’s good run of form likely to come crashing down at any moment.