Sheffield Wednesday: Giles Coke wants Owls to frustrate Fulham support

Giles Coke
Giles Coke

Giles Coke says the Owls must start strongly at Fulham – with the main goal of getting the Craven Cottage crowd on the backs of the home team.

The midfielder thinks if Wednesday get on top early, the Cottagers’ support will quickly become frustrated as high expectations and inconsistent performances come head to head.

After an initial burst of good results when Kit Symons took the reins from the controversial Felix Magath, Fulham have lacked consistency which has slowed their rise up the Championship table.

And Coke – who will miss the trip due to his continued Achilles problem – believes the Owls can use any discontent to their advantage.

“If we can start the game well and hopefully get their fans on their case, it might make them a bit shaky and hopefully we can capitalise on that,” Coke said.

The 28-year-old admits he is surprised Fulham’s star-laded squad are struggling.

Prior to winning their last two on the road, the Cottagers’ away form was woeful and they have struggled on home soil as well, losing as many as they have won.

Symons’ switch from Academy coach to the top job at Craven Cottage has seen a steadying of the ship with just five defeats in his 16 games in charge over both his caretaker and permanent spells.

“I’m surprised they are not higher up,” Coke said.

“It is always hard when you get relegated to bounce straight back.

“They’ve got a lot of pressure on them.

“It is a bit strange to see them down there but in this league anyone can beat anyone. It’s an exciting league so anything can happen.”

After the Owls’ winning resurgence was halted by Wolves last weekend, Coke has backed his team mates to respond well at Fulham.

He said: “We can definitely bounce back. We have been playing well. Even though we were down, we were still happy with how we played.

“Our away record is very good so we will go to Fulham looking for the win.”

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