Fulham manager Lawrie Sanchez is aware that after a record of just two away victories in the past two seasons, he needs to turn around Fulham’s fortunes on the road.
He admitted: “One win on the road per season is not enough. We need to improve – and we will.
“I don’t know what the reason is for our record but perhaps the Arsenal game, when we were beaten at the death, showed a bit about our belief of getting a result.”
One man who has the opportunity to change Fulham’s fortunes away from home is another summer signing, Diomansy Kamara.
Sanchez worked hard to sign him from West Brom before the start of the season, but he has not yet made a start for the Cottagers.
A knee injury to Brian McBride gives Kamara the opportunity of a full debut this weekend.
And Sanchez added: “Kamara is desperate to play. His wife is having a baby this week so congratulations to him.
“Hopefully goals will come off the back of that.
“He has been close a couple of times, and goals will come. He has not been 100% fit, but probably not playing this week for Senegal has given him the chance to be ready. Let’s see what he can do.”
David Healy will partner Kamara, and after his impressive start to the season Fulham can be excited about the future.
He has scored twice in his three games since completing a £1m move from Leeds – and also had a legitimate goal ruled out against Middlesbrough last weekend.
He also scored two for Northern Ireland in midweek, and Sanchez said: “I didn’t see the Northern Ireland game, but once I heard they won 3-1 it was a question of asking how many he scored.
“I was disappointed he got two – I thought he’d have got a hat-trick!”
“For £1m he has already proven good value. I think from what people have seen so far he has shown he can already do it at the top level.
“He’s got two goals for us, and should have three, and could be in contention for Player of the Month.
“He has got a chance here and is taking it with both hands – and both feet.”