In line with the calm reassurance theme being pushed by the contributors of this site this week, Danny Murphy says he’s not worried by Fulham’s early season form, despite the London club sitting just above the relegation zone as we head into October.
I’ve seen the press citing the fact that Fulham have lost three games in a row a few times in recent days but, of course, that statistic is flawed as it includes an extra time defeat for a largely experimental side at big-spending Manchester City in the League Cup. In any event, Murphy doesn’t seem unduly worried and thinks Fulham can bounce back quickly.
Losing three on the run is not nice and it’s not good for confidence, but you have to put things into perspective. One of those games was against Manchester City in the Carling Cup, a game we had no right to win given the money they’ve spent. We gave them a good match too.
The other defeat was against Arsenal who always finish in the top four. They’re potentially two of the best teams in Europe.
You can’t get too despondent, even though I don’t like the stat. Sometimes you have to look a bit deeper. The lads are happy after their performance on Saturday and it’s given us a platform to build on.
It’s early in the season and we’re not at that point where we’re thinking ‘Oh my God’. The performance against Arsenal gave everyone that bit of belief and enabled us to put the poor performance against Wolves to bed quite quickly. If you perform well consistently then the wins will come.
Murphy is also very confident that Fulham can reach the knockout stages of the Europa League.
I believe very strongly that we can qualify from this group. Then it’s a bit of luck because of the draw with the teams coming in from the Champions League. Then it’s bit of a lottery.
But getting through this group would be a good achievement and would be realistic.