Fulham defender unsure of European hopes

Fulham defender Sascha RietherFulham’s Sascha Riether has warned his team-mates that the club’s defensive displays must improve if they’re to qualify for Europe next season.

The on-loan full-back believes that securing a spot in the 2013/14 Europa League is possible, but only if they can cut out silly mistakes.

The Cottagers dropped two points last weekend against Reading, as Hal Robson-Kanu bundled home from a set piece in the closing moments of play.

Riether believes that the Londoners must maintain their concentration if they are to qualify for continental football:

“If we win games like this, then getting into Europe is possible, but at the moment we are not, so we have to work on it.” He told the Chronicle.

“We are very close to pushing for the Europa League maybe, but if we are a good team, we win these games – that’s what makes the difference.

“It’s only a bit more we need to win these kind of games. I don’t know what it is we need, but it’s something that is missing.

“Like against Southampton and Man City, we gave away a goal in the last minutes and that’s very disappointing.

“We have to defend free-kicks and corners much better, and we have to train harder to find a way to do better. That must be our work ethic now.”

Fulham face another tough encounter on Saturday as they host play host to Everton.