Fulham centre-back Brede Hangeland has called on his team-mates to turn the club’s poor form around against Crystal Palace.
The Cottagers take on the newly promoted Eagles tonight in a clash that could see them move three points clear of the Premier League‘s drop zone.
A poor start to the season – in which Fulham have notched a meagre seven points from seven games – has seen manager Martin Jol’s tenure in West London called into question and some of the club’s summer additions scrutinised.
Hangeland believes that a tough start to the campaign has contributed to their below par results, and has urged the rest of his Fulham’s players to step up to move the club clear of danger.
“I am not particularly pleased [with the points total], that statistic doesn’t impress anyone,” Hangeland told Goal.
“We’ve got work to do – we have had a fairly tough programme, but one point on average per match is worse than we had planned.
“It is still early in the season. We should not get stressed, but we are hoping to get more in the future and advance in the standings.
“I would like us to collect some points in the two upcoming matches [against Crystal Palace and Southampton] before the two difficult matches [against Manchester United and Liverpool].
“It is possible to take points against United and Liverpool. We’ve got a tradition of taking points against the top clubs at times.”
Fulham started the season with a victory against rock-bottom Sunderland, before going on a five match winless run ahead of beating Stoke last time out.
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