Fulham captain Michael Brown says the club’s battle against the drop is occupying his every waking minute, but the tenacious midfielder is confident his team-mates are up for the fight.

The Cottagers currently sit just three points above the relegation zone with four games left to play, and are having to adjust to a new manager in Lawrie Sanchez following Chris Coleman’s dismissal.

Blackburn Rovers are the opposition on Saturday and Brown admits the pressure of the survival battle is hard to avoid at present.

However, the skipper feels his colleagues are responding well to Sanchez and will be ready for the tough tests ahead in the next few weeks.

“I had the radio on for when Everton were playing Charlton,” Brown said.

“Make no mistake, at this stage of the season you’re also keeping an eye on all other scores.

“It’s running through your head 24/7, you lie in bed at night seeing that league table and the results. It’s very hard to explain what it’s like.

“We’re all pulling in the right direction and Blackburn is a massive game. The quicker we can get those points on the board, the better.

“The boys are working hard, getting their heads down, listening, learning and getting as organised as we can in order to get the results we need.

“Everybody’s positive and we’re looking forward to the challenges ahead. It’s still all in our own hands and we don’t want to be relying on anybody but us and our fans.

“We’re slightly ahead and it’s up to us to go out against Blackburn and get a result.”