Fulham manager Marco Silva has heaped praise on the work done by Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper since he arrived in September. The Reds are right at the top of the Championship with the Cottagers when it comes to points collected since the head coach arrived.

Tonight’s incentives are slightly different for each team. If Fulham win they will be crowned champions, with Forest guaranteed a play-off place if they can claim a point at Craven Cottage against Silva’s team.

Forest defeated Peterborough 1-0 on Saturday to send the home side back down to League One. Sam Surridge’s goal put the Reds on the cusp of securing a play-off place with a well-taken header just prior to half-time.

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The Reds have now won seven of their last eight games. Even Fulham don’t go into tonight’s game with that sort of record and it promises to be an intriguing night of second-tier football in West London.

Silva is under no illusions about what will be in waiting tonight. Ahead of the clash, he’s heaped praise on Cooper for the work he has done with Forest.

He told the club’s official website: “Steve Cooper is doing fantastic, they’re fighting for something really important.

“At the Cottage, it will be tough for them, 100% sure, but we’ll have to play to our maximum.”

Silva right to laud Forest man but Reds have nothing to lose

Naturally, if the Reds have hopes of nicking second place away from Bournemouth, they’ll need to win at Fulham this evening.

That said, securing a play-off place would still make for a remarkable season, given where Forest were when Cooper arrived at the club.

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Under Chris Hughton, the Reds had hit rock bottom. In a matter of months, Cooper’s team had started to climb the table but few would have expected such a remarkable transformation.

Now, the Reds can go to Fulham and relax. If they play their normal game then they might just upset a few Londoners during this evening’s contest.

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