Fulham manager Chris Coleman has revealed the club’s start to the season has come as a shock to him.

A brace from French striker Louis Saha gave Fulham a 2-0 win over Portsmouth and propelled Fulham to fifth place in the Premiership.

“At the start of the season, if you’d said to me that at the end of November we would be fifth I would have bitten off your hand,” said Coleman.

“We were expected to struggle and I was expected to be sacked by now.

“The lads have always put the work in in training but when it came to matchdays we were missing something.

“Now we’ve put that right.”

Saha has now scored eight goals this season – his highest Premiership goal tally with November not yet over.

Coleman said: “When Louis arrived at this club three or four years ago he was very exciting and had lots of potential and in the First Division he was superb.

“He had a few injuries and went off the boil but he has always had the ability and now he has the belief.

“If he can stay clear of injury he can fulfil his potential – he is an outstanding player and is beginning to show that.”

Coleman added he would have money to strengthen the squad in the January transfer window.

“We have earmarked two or three players and if we can get them we can march on,” said the Fulham manager.