Reason for Fulham to be cheerful

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The Premier League season has started and the summer can finally be forgotten, not just for Fulham fans!

With new manager Mark Hughes at the helm, a draw away at Bolton makes for a fine start to the campaign, with the Reebok a notoriously tricky place to travel.

Bobby Zamorra, in fine spirits after winning his first international cap in the win over Hungary, led the line well for the Cottagers but injuries to other key players took their toll.

Mark Schwarzer and Paul Konchelsky failed late fitness tests while Johnson, Senderos and Duff were all missing. It just goes to show that the real impact Hughes will have on our season could well take place in the last two weeks of August.

Can he seal some deals to bring in the two or three players that could strengthen this side for the full campaign?

No European adventures at Craven Cottage this season, but that will probably be something Hughes is pretty glad about.

He can focus on the top ten and hope that the continental excursions of the top seven start to have an effect and give us a chink of a light that a high position is there for the taking.

Getting a result away to Owen Coyle’s much improved Bolton was always going to be difficult, and the fair draw provides good indication that it could be a great year. All in all, every reason to be cheerful, optimistic and excited by what awaits.

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