Claus Jensen feels Fulham must concentrate on securing their own fate rather than worry what other teams may or may not do over the final two matches of the season.
The Cottagers remain deep in trouble at the wrong end of the Barclays Premiership following yesterday’s 3-1 defeat at Arsenal.
However, with a one-point margin on the drop zone and slightly better goal difference than the sides below them, destiny remains very much in their own hands.
Victory from either the visit of Liverpool on Saturday or at Middlesbrough on the final day of the campaign could well be enough to retain top-flight status for next season.
“Other people can debate about what is needed to stay up – for us as a team we just have to go out and give as good a performance as we can against Liverpool,” said Jensen, who yesterday was back in the starting XI for the first time since the end of January.
“We have to not think about the other things. Obviously we will hope for good results around us, but it is up to us to do the right things and give some good performances.
“We have got to look at ourselves in the last two games.
“It is always about what Fulham do, we cannot influence what the other teams will do.
“We are all confident we can get the result needed against Liverpool on Saturday, and we are certain we will give a good performance.”
Jensen, 30, added: “Everyone at the club is now trying really hard, and we know that when you are down there you need a little bit of luck now and again.
“We fought hard at Arsenal and got back into the game, then we were on top before they scored again. That is what we have to keep doing because you have to fight for the small margins you can get.”
Jensen has endured a frustrating few months when he has struggled to make an impact on the side.
The tough-tackling Dane was recalled by caretaker boss Lawrie Sanchez for the visit to Emirates Stadium, where he played as part of a five-man midfield.
“I was dying to get involved again,” he added. “Earlier in the season I had been playing well, and then got a little injury in December and then when I came back, other players had come in and done well. That is what football is like.
“It has been four months, so hopefully I am going to be able to use this hour for much better things over the next couple of games.
“But it is now all about Fulham staying up, it is not about individuals.”