Fulham manager Roy Hodgson has warned his team that their dire away record could come back to haunt them at the end of the season.
The Cottagers have yet to win on their travels so far this season and head to Old Trafford on Wednesday night so things will not get any easier for them.
Most observers feel that Fulham’s home form will be enough to keep them in the Barclays Premier League — but Hodgson is surprisingly edgy about their lack of progress on the road.
The Londoners failed to win at Championship side Swansea in the FA Cup on Saturday — luckily escaping with a 1-1- draw — and they have failed to record a victory in their 12 Premier League away games this season, scoring just three in the process.
‘Our away record will come to haunt us until we start winning,’ said Hodgson. ‘I remember when I was at Halmstads we had two years without winning away. It goes that way. One day, the day will come.
‘But the most important thing is that if you don’t win away from home, you get a result and that is something we have done.
‘If you look, there are a lot of teams in the league who have lost more matches. If you add the fact we are unbeaten in the Cup, three matches, we don’t have a bad record, having lost just seven times in 28 or 29 matches.
‘We have had some draws away from home when we have been expected to lose. The most important thing is that we keep going. I don’t see any magical formula which will see us suddenly change it around.
‘Every away game we play in the Premier League, our opponents expect to beat us. We rarely start as favourites. I don’t think some of the bookies were even making us favourites against Swansea.’