Fulham stopper Mark Schwarzer has been delighted with the progress made at Craven Cottage this season.
Mark Hughes' side are in their tenth consecutive season at the top of English football, plying their trade in the Barclays Premier League since promotion back in the 2000/2001 campaign.
The Australian international has been with the club since joining from Middlesbrough in 2008, and notes how crucial their home form has been since his arrival. With a sprinkling of away victories similar to that of the weekend, a top ten finish is now potentially in their sights.
“In the time that I have been at the club we have been very, very strong at home and we have done very well at Craven Cottage which has become a bit of a fortress for us at times. We want to try and maintain that strength, while securing results like we did at Sunderland on our travels," the goalkeeper told the official Fulham website.
“If we can do that – then we could see a big difference. The second half of the season has been very good and we’re now ninth in the table and we want to keep ourselves in the top 10 and end the campaign in a strong, positive position.
“Had we managed to turn some of those draws we’ve had this season into wins – we could well have been talking about an even higher finish come the end. But it’s been a season of progression for us and next year could be another interesting one for us.”
A tough looking run-in that includes fixtures against Arsenal, Birmingham and Liverpool means it will be far from easy, but if Fulham can build on their second-half performance at the Stadium of Light then Schwarzer is confident they will have a chance.
“Saturday was a good win and a good performance from the team. We responded well after a nice goal from Gael Kakuta and a few strong words from the manager at half-time. He wanted us to improve on that first 45 minutes and we did – which was important," he continued.
“The second-half was very professional and the effort from the players was rewarded with two more goals. It was nice to get that away win, as everyone knows we haven’t picked up as many points as we hoped or should have away from home.
"But this was a performance that shows the progress that we are making and that’s good to see."