Fulham forward Andrew Cole has pleaded with the club’s boo boys to get behind the team – as the Whites look to avoid being dragged into the relegation dogfight.

Fulham’s narrow defeat at Old Trafford combined with weekend wins for Southampton and West Bromwich Albion has seen things tightened dramatically at the bottom of the table and has transformed Fulham’s next fixture, at home to Portsmouth, into a must-win encounter.

Cole, who mounted a staunch defence of manager Chris Coleman in the media over the weekend, issued a plea for togetherness as the squad battles to beat the drop. He told the club’s official website:

“If the fans are not happy with the formation they are entitled to their opinion. They pay their money and if they don’t see Fulham playing attacking football, or if they see us struggling, then obviously they are going to complain. But they should forget the booing. Just get behind the team.

You might not be happy with the system or with the way we are playing but get behind the team. Every time we go out we give one hundred per cent – we don’t shirk our responsibilities. We can get out of this, but we’ve got to work together.”