Fulham midfielder Jonathan Greening has warned his team-mates they need to start picking up results to avoid being involved in a relegation battle.

The Cottagers dropped into the bottom three following Saturday’s results ahead of Sunday’s trip to London rivals West Ham.

Greening, who suffered relegation with West Brom last term, admits there is plenty of time for Fulham to climb the table, but would like to see them do it sooner rather than later.

“We need to get going in the league because we are in the bottom half,” said Greening.

“When I was at West Brom we were always near the bottom. It’s not nice to get sucked down towards the bottom of the league so our main aim is to get out of there as quick as possible because if you get dragged into the bottom four, five, or six, confidence can get low and people start panicking.

“There’s no cause for panic but we just want to put in a good performance and get some results and push up the league because we know that the squad we have is capable of getting up the league quickly.”

Greening, who joined Fulham just before the close of the transfer window, admits he is playing catch-up with the rest of the side regards his fitness with West Brom rejecting several bids for his services before they finally allowed him to leave on a season-long loan.

“It was going on for about 10 weeks in the end I think so it would have been nice to have come at the start of pre-season and had a full pre-season but it wasn’t to be,” added Greening.

“I only came here a week before the start so I have been catching up a bit.

“I do want to stay here, definitely.

“I just have to keep working hard and try to get into the team. I will hopefully get a run of games because everyone needs a few games to get up and running.”

Greening believes Fulham can go into the match against West Ham full of confidence after an impressive showing against Arsenal last weekend.

“I thought we did quite well against Arsenal and against Basle we put in a strong performance,” noted Greening. “We had a lot of the ball and kept our shape and we want to take that into the derby at West Ham and get a good result.”