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Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen is sure the Cottagers can move up the table if they apply themselves as they did in the Boxing Day win at Norwich.

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Fulham fell behind to a deflected Gary Hooper strike, but goals from Pajtim Kasami and a late stunner from Scott Parker sealed a 2-1 win.

Meulensteen said: "It was a big statement. We've worked so hard, but to start this block of four games over the Christmas period with a win was very important.

"The goal we conceded was early in the match and got deflected off Aaron (Hughes) and looped over the keeper. But we responded well and it was a great free-kick from Kasami and the second half we built on that.

"I cannot fault the players for resilience. We're looking for clean sheets, but obviously we conceded today, but I said make sure we keep a clean sheet in the second half and then if you score again you win the game.

"We're still in the bottom three and there's where we don't want to be, but we'll keep looking forward and looking up and keep the performances going and I think we'll steadily climb up the table."

Speaking about injured keeper Maarten Stekelenburg, Meulensteen added: "The X-ray showed there is nothing wrong with the bones so hopefully he won't be out for too long. It's ligament damage so we'll assess that."

Parker capped an all-action display with the winning goal, but he admitted he and his Fulham colleagues had to "dig deep".

Parker said: "It was a massive win for us. We're coming into this period of four games and we had to get some points on the board. Today we were first class, we were resilient and we showed we can play a bit too and thankfully we got a win.

"We've got to carry on now, it's a busy period, but it's an important period and we can really make a break.

"We had to dig very deep. We started the game very well but got hit with a sucker-punch, with a deflected goal that was a bit harsh. In the second half we looked a threat and nullified them, kept them quiet and fully deserved the win.

"Confidence-wise we've turned a bit of a corner and we need to keep going and not rest on our laurels."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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