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We need results, says Meulensteen

23 December 2013 17:49

Rene Meulensteen is hopeful Fulham can boost their survival hopes with victories over the teams around them.

Fulham sit second from bottom in the Premier League going into the busy festive period in the English top flight, having taken just one win in their last nine league games.

Meulensteen - appointed earlier this month after Martin Jol was dismissed by the London club - has been impressed with recent performances against the likes of Tottenham, Everton and Manchester City, but knows Fulham's efforts will count for nothing if positive results do not arrive soon.

The Craven Cottage outfit face fellow strugglers Norwich City and West Ham either side of a meeting with Hull City, and Meulensteen is keen for them to take advantage of a more favourable fixture list.

"Taking over somewhere just before halfway in the season is difficult enough itself," he said. "And then you end up playing Spurs, (Aston) Villa, Everton and City where three of those four teams are pushing for something.

"We knew they were difficult ones but what we are disappointed about is, on the back of the performances, we had, is that we didn't get more points out of those games.

"Now we have another block of games with different opponents - Norwich and Hull to start and then West Ham and Sunderland.

"That is now where we need to look back to these previous games and those performances and turn them into results."

The Dutchman is poised to bolster his squad with the return of Clint Dempsey, who is in talks over a January loan move from MLS side Seattle Sounders.

"I can confirm the medical and paperwork is still ongoing," Meulensteen added.

"That is as far as what I know. We'd like to have him here and he would like to come."

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Competition
Premier League
Date
26 December 2013
Game week
18
Kick-off
16:00
Half-time
1 - 1
Full-time
1 - 2
Venue
Carrow Road (Norwich, Norfolk)
Attendance
26811

Goals

G. Hooper 13'
(assist by J. Elmander) 
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Lineups

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
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24
3
10
23
39
40

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Championship table

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15 24 -5 29
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