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Fulham defender Stephen Kelly insists Fulham are on the edge of their first away win of the season following their display at Newcastle.

Mark Hughes’ side held the Magpies to a goalless Premier League draw at St James’ Park on Saturday after an impressive performance, which saw star striker Andy Carroll denied on several occasions.

Kelly says the Cottagers should feel encouraged by the result, and believes his side are closing in on their maiden three points on the road this term.

“We had chances to win, and I do think we are getting closer – I don’t think it’s too far away,” Kelly said.

“We’re certainly not negative in our approach away from the Cottage, we are creating opportunities and taking the game to teams.

“I think it was a very well organised performance from us and we never really let them play. They did have chances of their own, but that is to be expected when you play away from home.”

The Cottagers have lost just two of their seven away league games this season, with their stalemate on Tyneside marking their fifth on the road.

But while happy with their point on Saturday, Kelly admits he would like Hughes’ side to get a few more victories under their belt.

“Of course, it would be nice to turn a few of those draws into wins,” he added.

“On another day we could well have stolen the points against Newcastle. Three points would have been great, but we have to be happy with the point that we did take.

“As always, we were extremely competitive and positive in the way that we approached the game. If we keep on like that, the signs suggest that it will only be a matter of time.”

Fulham now head into two home games, against Manchester City on Sunday and Birmingham the following weekend, and Kelly views the Craven Cottage encounters as opportunities to make up some crucial points.

“It’s a good chance to pick up more points and get ourselves back in the top half of the table,” said Kelly.

“Manchester City are a good side, and it will be a test for us because they have some fantastic players. But at Craven Cottage we are capable of beating teams of any calibre.

“We’ll take the positives from the game at Newcastle, get our heads down and work hard in training. As always we will be prepared, and we will go out Sunday and show what we can do. Hopefully, it will be a case of all guns blazing for us.” .