Chris Hughton feels Fulham's struggles so far this season have been magnified due to their setting of high standards.
Chris Coleman's side have registered just two wins in the Premiership up to now - the last coming over a month ago - but they will be boosted by a midweek Carling Cup victory away at Birmingham.
Chris was present at their 2-0 reverse against Aston Villa last week and feels that a number of injuries have taken their toll.
"If you look at what they have achieved in the last three or four years, by their own standards they are having a little bit of a difficult time," pondered Chris.
"They have had a few injuries and have found it difficult to get into their stride./ I saw them at the weekend and the first half wasn't the best from either side. In the second you saw some of the quality Fulham have shown in the last few years.
"Malbranque is important to them, he has missed a few games, and he played very well in the second half."
Of course, Coleman has had to contend with the loss of two key players since January - Louis Saha's defection to Manchester United and Sean Davis' switch to the Lane.
"When you lose influential players it takes time to get back to where you were. If you look at their team man for man, they still have quality players. I've no doubts they will get back to where they were again."