Hughes hopeful on seventh

Fulham boss Mark Hughes has not given up hope of leapfrogging Everton into seventh place.

Boss not giving up the chase after comfortable win at Birmingham

Fulham boss Mark Hughes has not given up hope of leapfrogging Everton into seventh place in the final Premier League standings. Hughes watched his side comfortably defeat Birmingham 2-0 on Sunday, moving the Cottagers to within reach of the Toffees ahead of the final day of the season. Three points separate the sides but Fulham, who travel to Arsenal next week, boast a greater goal difference than Everton, who host Chelsea on the same day. Hughes was delighted with the victory at St Andrews and believes it shows a great desire from his squad to finish as strongly as possible. "It was about showing everybody that we're not on the beach, we've got targets that we intend to achieve," he told Sky Sports. "We're improving our away form and that's important because I don't think it's happened many times in Fulham's recent history. "We've got Arsenal next week and, who knows, if results go our way we might even be seventh and that would feel like winning our own league."

Domination

Hughes admits his strikers were not in clinical form against the Blues, but declared himself satisfied having dominated proceedings. He said: "We created some chances today and I thought we started with a really positive attitude in the first period and we were quite comfortable all afternoon. "I thought we were really accomplished in our defending and we created chances and on another day it could have been more comprehensive." Centre-half Brede Hangeland netted either side of half-time, leading the type of response Hughes wanted from his side having been demolished 5-2 by Liverpool last time out. "Brede has been excellent all season," said Hughes. "It was difficult on Monday night but we had a situation where we were 3-0 down and we had to chase the game. "We needed a response and he, along with everyone else, showed real intent about getting the job done today."

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