Chris Coleman has left his players in doubt that he expects a reaction when Fulham travel to Blackburn Rovers this weekend after being knocked out of the League Cup at Wigan Athletic in midweek.

The Fulham manager was bitterly disappointed with the below par performance of several of his squad players at the JJB Stadium and is contemplating further alterations at Ewood Park. Alain Goma appears certain to start in central defence but the identity of his partner at the back remains to be seen. Martin Djetou and Andy Melville didn’t impress against the Division One leaders and Zat Knight could be the beneficiary of their poor performances.

Sylvain Legwinski will miss out through suspension after his sending off at Birmingham City and the game comes too soon for Sean Davis, even though the midfielder is back in training. Fulham feel that the 23 year-old could be available for a return to match action by early October.

There is better news regarding striker Barry Hayles, who has recovered from the injury sustained on international duty with Jamaica, and his participation against Blackburn will be the subject of a late fitness test.