Fulham are in contention for a European place, as they currently sit in the last Europa League slot with 50 points in seventh, but should they miss out on continental competition there’s still the very achievable possibility of beating the ninth place finish recorded by Chris Coleman’s side in 2003-04.
Hughes says the transformation in the team’s performance since last season’s titantic struggle against relegation is massive.
The difference between last season and this season is massive so I think it would be good for everyone if we could do it [record the club’s highest ever league finish]. Looking back on the course of the season and how we’ve played, we’ve stabilised ourselves. There are very few games that we can pick out and say we didn’t really play well.
Even in the games where we haven’t won or got a bad result we have given a good account of ourselves. I think where we finish in the league will be what we deserve.
Hughes has had an excellent season and is probably the definition of an unsung hero. Having started his career at Newcastle, Saturday is bound to be a big game for him. Let’s hope he can deliver the kind of solid, no-nonsense performance that we’ve become used to do this season.