Date: 20th January 2017 at 4:12pm
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On the eve of a West London derby, the managers of the two teams have both held their respective pre-match press conferences.

With the anticipation levels growing that the encounter, at Loftus Road, this Saturday lunch-time could be an entertaining affair, here`s the gist of what Ian Holloway and Slavisa Jokanovic had to say.

Starting with Ian Holloway, back at Loftus Road for another managerial stint, with the likeable Holloway remarking ahead of the game,

‘Losing so many games in a row forced my hand to be as brutal as I have been with transfers.

‘It is sometimes about clearing out things to get a freshness. The atmosphere here is one of optimism and the young players have helped with that.

‘Our pitch is small and tight and Fulham are a fantastic test for us. We need to get around them and in their faces and try and carry on our momentum.

‘Slavisa Jokanovic seemed to get no credit for what he did at Watford and no appreciation from them. Fulham’s wage bill has gone backwards yet he has managed to hold it all together and play some wonderful football.’

A lovely last line there from one of the most respected people in football.

Continuing with our very own Slavisa Jokanovic,

‘We played well against QPR last time, created many opportunities and missed two penalties.

‘At this moment we play with more confidence and have improved ourselves. We know how important it is for our fans.

‘I have to be happy because we have created an identity. We are more solid but in football it is important to win the game.

‘We want to play these kinds of games and, although it is not my first derby around the world, I am excited like our supporters.’

Excited but nervous but also expectant I`d say.