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Fulham striker Andrew Johnson believes he is on the brink of "great things" with his new club.

The 27-year-old is looking to get off the mark for Fulham after arriving from Everton and could get the chance on Tuesday against Burnley in the Carling Cup, a competition Roy Hodgson's men may feel they could challenge for.

"I see Fulham as a massive club," Johnson said. "One that can achieve great things. They have been in the Premier League for a long time now."

He added: "The club are established at this level and there's real quality here, great footballers like Jimmy Bullard, Simon Davies and Danny Murphy. The gaffer has bought in top players like Bobby Zamora and Zoltan Gera and we've already beaten Arsenal this season.

"For the last couple of seasons the club have been looking behind them at the relegation places - but I really think we can look in the opposite direction this season."

Hodgson is set to decide whether to play Bullard after the midfielder was on the receiving end of two heavy challenges at the weekend.

Blackburn duo Keith Andrews and Brett Emerton were booked at Ewood Park on Saturday for tackles on Bullard, with the hosts accused of targeting the player who received a surprise England call-up during the last international break.

Hodgson has the option of utilising his squad men for the clash at Turf Moor or field his strongest possible line-up for the competition in which Fulham have never got further than the quarter-finals, the last time being three years ago when they were knocked out by neighbours Chelsea.

They go into the match on the back of a defeat at Blackburn that ended their run of three wins in a row, with Hodgson impressed with the progress made this season.

"I can't really criticise the players for the performance. It's a big disappointment but we're going to have disappointments, we're not going to steam our way forward to the top of the table, we've just got to pick ourselves up, keep playing the right football and getting as many points as we can," said Hodgson.

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Jimmy Bullard
Brett Emerton
Arsenal
Keith Andrews
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Internationals
Bobby Zamora
Football
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Chelsea
Simon Davies
Everton
Barnsley
Andrew Johnson
Zoltan Gera

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