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Key to the Cottage

Posted on 14 November 2008  - 12:00

Few people know Fulham as well as Paul Stalteri - the defender played his part in helping Roy Hodgson's side escape relegation during a loan spell at Craven Cottage last season.

Key to the Cottage

Few people know Fulham as well as Paul Stalteri - the defender played his part in helping Roy Hodgson's side escape relegation during a loan spell at Craven Cottage last season.

The Canadian international played in Fulham's last 13 league games as they beat the drop on goal difference from Reading after winning their final three matches.

Home form remains the key for the Cottagers and last weekend's 2-1 win against Newcastle United by the Thames lifted them up to 10th in the Premier League.

"I said last season that once they got out of trouble, I didn't think they would be back in it again but this season there aren't just four teams in it, there are 10 teams in it," reasoned Paul at Spurs Lodge.

"One game makes all the difference - Fulham beat Newcastle and they jumped up to 10th.

"They defend well as a team and don't concede many goals. The way Roy sets his team up is not a defensive team, it's a compact, well organised team that is tough to break down.

"However, he always wants his team to play football and they'll do that on Saturday.

"Their home record is what has kept them in the Premier League. Their away record isn't the best but they are a different side at Craven Cottage, difficult to beat and it's a tight stadium, tough to play in."

It was pointed out that the lads look like they believe they can beat anyone at the moment. "Three-quarters of football is about confidence, the rest is quality," he said. "If you have that you are riding high and will believe you can beat anyone on any given day.

"It will be tough at Fulham but it's certainly a game we can take something from."