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Fulham midfielder Simon Davies has called for a vast improvement in Fulham’s away form as Roy Hodgson’s side close in on a pivotal stage in their bid to avoid Premier League relegation.

Last Saturday’s 1-0 triumph over Everton at Craven Cottage did much to boost Fulham’s bid for survival, with six points currently separating Hodgson’s men, who sit 19th, and 14th placed Newcastle United.

Five of Fulham’s eight remaining league fixtures are away from home, the first coming at Newcastle on Saturday.

And Davies has urged his team-mates to claim back-to-back wins by securing their first away success in over a year-and-a-half – their last came at St James’ Park in September 2006.

“We are trying not to think about the away record too much,” he said in The Times.

“Newcastle are struggling and if we can go there and perform well and they feel the pressure from their crowd then we might have a chance, but every game is going to be difficult from now on.

“If we can come away with something from Newcastle, then we can take some momentum into the next few games, including Sunderland at home.

“The manager said last week that if we can go undefeated in the last 10 games, or as near as possible, then we have a good chance, and that is now a win and a draw with eight more left.

“But we do not want to get too far ahead of ourselves because we have a massive game against Newcastle. We have had 11 draws this season, so we need wins. We have to dig in and hopefully the strikers can go on a run of scoring goals.”