Tom Cairney says Fulham’s confidence is sky high following seven straight wins – and believes Marco Silva’s side could be on track to be the best Fulham team he has played in.

The captain told the club’s official website this morning:

“I’ve played in some very good Fulham sides, and the thing about this team is we’re scoring a lot of goals. We’ve hit three or four a few times this season, which is not easy to do, so when you do that and you believe you can do that going into games, it fills you with a lot of confidence. And we’ve got a striker who’s on 21 goals in November, which is a bit crazy, and he would have had another if he wasn’t so unselfish.

It’s stupid, it’s a little bit silly. I know the Championship record is 31, hopefully he can keep this form up. He’s on course to have a very, very special season. When you’re going into games with that in your armoury, it fills you with confidence.”

Cairney knows that Derby will represent another stern test tomorrow night after beating Bournemouth at the weekend. He is full of sympathy for the Rams’ plight following their points deductions.

“I’ve not been a player in that position so I can’t imagine what it’s like, but I’m sure it’s hard. You’re fighting an uphill battle after having points taken off you. It’s tough being at the bottom of the league and obviously there’s a big gap now, so as a professional player I do have sympathy for them, but we’ve got to do our professional job and go out there and try and beat them. If they get out of it then I think it’s one of the best escapes in Championship history. We’ve seen crazy things in football before so we can’t rule them out, but it’s a massive uphill climb.”