Fortress Craven Cottage will give Fulham the edge

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Ninety minutes is all that stands between Fulham and a Europa League play-off spot, as the Cottagers prepare for tomorrow's third qualifying round second leg tie with RNK Split at Craven Cottage.

Martin Jol's side go into tomorrow's west London encounter off the back of a 0-0 first leg draw in Croatia, and with the game tentatively poised, Andrew Johnson is hoping he can help fire Fulham into the next round.

"It's going to be hard for us to break them down," he admitted. "They'll probably do to us what we did to them in the first leg.

"It's a bit of chess game at the moment but the advantage is all ours now, we've been scoring a lot of goals at home and it would be good to continue that on Thursday."

Johnson stressed that despite failing to score in last week's encounter, the result has to be taken as a positive against a very impressive and well-organised RNK Split side.

"They're a good team, they work well as a unit with good rotation and I think we found it difficult to cope with - but those places are always difficult to go to,” insisted Johnson. "They've got good players, they get brought up with good techniques and they're obviously quite comfortable on the ball.

"We were away from home and were a bit more concerned about conceding, but knew if we kept a clean sheet, we've always got a chance at our place."

Fulham's home form proved to be the catalyst in the club's run to the Europa League final in 2010 under former boss Roy Hodgson, and Johnson is hopeful the players can replicate that in order to progress this time around.

"It's a totally different kettle of fish at our place, with our fans behind us and with the surface we've got. It's a fortress and hopefully we'll be able to maintain that home form and progress to the next round.

"We're looking forward to the task ahead on Thursday and we're confident that we can get a result."

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