Fulham goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg believes Fulham have turned the corner defensively – despite Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Arsenal.

The Whites were a shambles against Sunderland a week ago, but the return of Brede Hangeland and the assurance of Premier League debutant Dan Burn makes the Dutch stopper confident the side can start climbing the table.

“If you analyse all our goals, we conceded too many and we have to do better there, but we are on the way,” Stekelenburg said.

“I think you could see from the performance [at Arsenal], that we’re making progress, although we have to start taking points.

“I was a long time injured, and Brede’s just come back, so I didn’t play with him a lot. But I think we were solid and the overall performance was quite good.

“Dan played very well also in the last game against Norwich, so we have to built on this. This week we conceded two goals, next we need clean sheets, then we will win games.”

Looking back on an encouraging display at Emirates Stadium, the Fulham keeper said: “It was a difficult game against Arsenal because we know they have the quality to score out of the blue and they did.

“We played very well in the first half, with good possession and got some chances also. But you have to finish those chances because you don’t get a lot against them.”