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Behind Enemy Lines: Fulham

by Daniel Alston @efc_danalston

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Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham have all experienced the might of Everton's home performances in recent months, but Fulham know about the Goodison effect more than most.

In their 23 league visits to the Blue half of Merseyside, the Cottagers have never recorded victory.

In fact, the Cottagers have failed to pick up a single point in any of their last 18 league games at Goodison Park.

To find out more about the London side and their chances of finally leaving with a win on Saturday, evertonfc.com spoke to supporter Frankie Taylor and Jacob Murtagh, Fulham reporter for Trinity Mirror.

TRICKY TOFFEES

Everton are two points ahead of Fulham and Murtagh reckons that should provide sufficient motivation for Martin Jol's men to end their woeful run. Taylor isn't convinced though.

“Everton always - and I mean always - seem to beat us," says Taylor.

"I expect it will be a good competitive game as ever, but you should get the three points. I would be very, very happy otherwise. I'd take a point now.”

 "It's a big game in terms of league positions," Murtagh continued. "Fulham can leapfrog Everton with victory on Merseyside.

"However, David Moyes' men are a force to be reckoned with, and will be buoyed after last weekend's stunning comeback at Old Trafford.”

A GAME OF TWO HALVES

That 4-4 draw against the champions was yet another highlight in a superb second half of the season for the Blues.

But Murtagh insists comparisons can be drawn to the Cottagers’ transformation since the turn of the year.

"It's been a mixed season for Fulham,” he says. “They started the campaign almost two months earlier than most of their Premier League rivals due to Europa League qualifiers, which hasn't helped.

“Fulham's early league form struggled as a result, but results have picked up notably since they were eliminated from Europe in December.

“Jol has also injected Fulham's ageing squad with youth, and added some more attacking flair to their play. On their day they are a match for anyone, as wins against Arsenal and Newcastle show."

HOMESICKNESS?

Fulham's indifferent away form isn't confined solely to Goodison. Whilst Jol's charges have bagged nine league victories at home this season, that has been matched by just three on the road.

"Craven Cottage has been a fortress for Fulham over the years," explains Murtagh. "But they've always struggled away from home.

"However, they were unlucky to lose at Manchester United recently and recorded an emphatic 3-0 win at Bolton in their last outing.”

Supporter Taylor adds: "I think it's seven away wins in the last 60 or something silly like that now.

"It may improve with continuity of management and playing style. We've definitely got the players to challenge with Everton to try and break into the top six.

“Improving our away form is definitely the most vocal way of going about it.”

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