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Fulham V Reading at Craven Cottage : Match Preview

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Updated 03 May 2013 16:01:18

Fulham V Reading at Craven Cottage : Match Preview

Fulham V Reading - view commentary, squad, and statistics of the game live.


Petric out for Cottagers

Fulham forward Mladen Petric is out of the Barclays Premier League clash with relegated Reading due to a hamstring injury.

Steve Sidwell is still suspended following his red card against Arsenal, but Dimitar Berbatov is available despite going off against Everton with a calf problem.

Defender Sascha Riether (ankle) is also fit for selection, but midfielders Mahamadou Diarra (knee), Ashkan Dejagah (ankle) and Simon Davies (hip) remain out.

Reading striker Pavel Pogrebnyak had a half-season spell at Craven Cottage and boss Martin Jol praised the forward, who may yet play in the npower Championship next season.

Jol said: "When he was here he was a very good professional. From the first training session he showed he wanted to play for us. He scored six goals in his first five matches and he helped us big time."

Fulham last won against relegated QPR and Jol hopes to end the five-match winless streak to finish the season with a flourish.

"We want to end the season on a very good note and have another nine points," Jol said.

"We have to start tomorrow and get back to winning ways for the last two matches of the season, against Liverpool and Swansea."

Reading midfielder Hope Akpan could return.

Akpan has returned from ankle problem may figure, while goalkeeper Adam Federici could return from his ankle injury.

Jimmy Kebe (groin) and Jason Roberts (hip) are still missing.

Manager Nigel Adkins said: "The players are very focussed.

"The mentality is that we've got to go away to Fulham. Can we build on the clean sheets that we've had? And more importantly, can we get a win?

"Anyone who knows me will tell you I want to win every game of football that we play in. The players have worked hard on the training ground, we've got over last week and there's a hunger and desire to keep improving.

"We've got three games left in this campaign and we've got to do everything we can to give ourselves an opportunity to get that winning feeling again.

"You've got to keep moving forward and evolve all the time.

"And you've always got to build on your successes - so when you're successful, that's the most important time to keep building, not just standing still.

"We want to adapt the way we play throughout the football club. We want to get the ball and move the ball but also play effective, winning football."


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