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Fulham defender John Arne Riise believes fellow full-back Sascha Riether has settled in well at Craven Cottage.

Riether grabbed his first goal for Fulham in the 2-2 draw at Sunderland last time out and Riise was delighted to see his team-mate hit the target.

The Norwegian defender feels both he and Riether cause problems for the opposition and is pleased with the understanding he has with his defensive partner.

“Both me and him like to get on the counter attack from opposition corners and free-kicks,” Riise said. “If the goalkeeper gets the ball, we’re quick to get forward as we can smell the chance of an attack on the other goal. Sascha did well to get down the left-hand side and tap it in and I almost did the same in the second half.

As a team, we have two very offensive full-backs and I’ve been impressed by Sascha. He doesn’t make many mistakes and gives 100 per cent in every game.

Riise is yet to score for Fulham since he joined the club in the summer of 2011 but the former Liverpool and Roma defender hopes he won’t have to wait too much longer to break his duck.

He added: “I don’t think I can get any closer than I have in the last year and a half. But I’m feeling good and I think once I get that first goal, I’ll get a few more quickly after that. I just need that first one and I’ve had a friendly bet with a few of the boys that I will score before the end of the season.”