Fulham’s Simon Davies has admitted the time for talking is over and the team must finally perform to have any hope of Premier League survival.
Wales international midfielder Davies reckons second-bottom Fulham must win four of their remaining five games to stay up – starting away on Saturday to fellow strugglers Reading, one of the few teams they have already beaten at Craven Cottage this season.
Davies, whose early strike sparked that 3-1 success in November, says he was bitterly disappointed by the poor quality of the display in last Saturday’s 3-1 home defeat by Sunderland and insisted: “We keep saying that every game is a must-win at the minute but we’ve got to improve on the performance.
“Against Sunderland it obviously wasn’t good enough all-round. We keep saying the right things, but we’re still losing on the pitch. So all the talking has to stop and we have to start delivering.
“We are doing the right things every day in training but we just haven’t been able to take them onto the match. It’s disappointing because we believe we’re good enough to stay up.
“There are still enough points to play for but with five games to go we’ve probably got to win four out of those. If we can get that first win away from home I think it will be a massive boost to everyone.”
Despite their own troubles, however, Davies knows Reading a tough side at home where they have taken seven points out of the last nine available before last week’s 3-0 crash at Newcastle.
He said: “Reading is a hard place to go to, but we’ve just got to go there and win no matter what. We can all talk, but at the end of the day it comes down to performing.”