Nottingham Forest were bottom of the Championship when Cooper arrived a month ago, but they have taken 13 points from a possible 15 under the former Swansea City boss.
The Tricky Trees staged a sensational late comeback to beat Bristol City 2-1 on Tuesday evening as Lyle Taylor scored twice in 90 seconds in second half stoppage time.
It was a fourth successive win for Forest and means that they head into the weekend just four points behind the playoff positions.
Forest’s credentials to fight for a place in the top six will certainly be tested over the next week, as after facing Fulham they travel to fifth-place Queens Park Rangers.
However, no team has picked up fewer points at home in the Championship this season than Forest (four); a 2-1 win over Blackpool last weekend was their first league victory at the City Ground this season..
They host a Fulham side who have just one win in their last four away matches and lost 4-1 to Coventry City in their last game on the road.
The Cottagers are the Championship’s top scorers though with 29 goals to their name, meaning an Aleksandar Mitrovic-led attack will fancy their chances against Forest’s defence who have kept just two clean sheets in 13 games.
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It was goals from Mitrovic and Tom Cairney that secured a 2-0 victory over Cardiff City on Wednesday, which was Fulham’s third win in four games.
The result lifted Marco Silva’s side into the top two, but they remain five points behind leaders Bournemouth with a crucial clash against third-place West Bromwich Albion to come next weekend.
Fulham have won four of their previous five games against Nottingham Forest, winning 1-0 at the City Ground the last time the teams met in July 2020