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Fulham boss Chris Coleman insists he does not expect his side to be involved in the battle to avoid relegation this season.

The Cottagers have made a stuttering start to the season having won just one of their opening seven league games.

The Londoners currently sit just one place above the relegation places, but Coleman is not panicking.

The Welshman expects to turn things around soon, but concedes it will not prove easy.

“It’s difficult to say, but I don’t think we’re going to struggle,” he told Sky Sports News.

“I don’t think it’s going to be any easier than last season as every season is difficult whether you’re in the top half or bottom, it’s always difficult.

“But we don’t look past the next game and you can’t look past the next game because you start getting carried away and you have to concentrate on the little details.

“The most important game of the season is the next one, and after that one it’s the next one after that – so we don’t look beyond that and I make sure the players don’t look beyond that.”