Hughes hopes form holds up
Aaron Hughes is hoping the momentum built up by Fulham will help to carry them through to the New Year.
By Chris Burton
Last Updated: 07/12/09 1:09pm
Aaron Hughes is hoping the momentum built up by Fulham of late will help to carry them through to the New Year.
With the busy festive period approaching, the fixtures are set to come thick and fast for clubs up and down the country.
The Cottagers are no different, with December promising to be something of a make-or-break month for Roy Hodgson's men.
They started positively enough, with a 1-0 win over Sunderland on Saturday, but have high-flying Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham still to come.
Few clubs will envy Fulham's run of games heading into 2010, but Hughes insists the challenges which lie ahead hold no fear for those set to be involved.
"December is an important month for every club, it always is," the Northern Ireland international said in the Evening Standard.
"At the minute Chelsea, United and Tottenham are in the top four teams, so we have some tough fixtures. But we don't have anything to fear though, because we've shown in the past that we can match these teams.
"We want a good run over this period and to pick up as many points as we can, which will allow us to start the New Year with a lot of confidence.
"I feel we can keep doing what we have been doing, so I don't think we'll be looking over our shoulders for too long."
Fulham have been forced to contend with injuries to a number of key men of late, but Hughes insists the strength in depth which now exists at Craven Cottage has allowed them to safely negotiate would could have been a tricky time for the club.
He added: "We've had to manage. It's difficult when you have key players missing but you have to react accordingly.
"From the outside people think we lack depth as a squad but I don't think that is the case at all.
"This squad has a lot of strength in depth. We've shown that because despite having players out, we've got some decent results.
"The manager is very meticulous and he makes sure that every player knows what is expected and what needs to be done."