Harley hopeful of avoiding drop
By Peter O`Rourke. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
FULHAM defender Jon Harley believes Fulham may have to sacrifice their football principles to make sure they avoid relegation.
The former Chelsea ace feels that the club may have to scrap their pretty passing style and get results at any cost.
The West London side are sitting perilously close to the drop-zone having lost seven of their last eight games and they face a difficult run-in starting with Newcastle next Monday.
They are just three points clear of the bottom three and coach Jean Tigana feels they must win three of their remaining five games to stay up
"From now until the end of the season we have to focus on getting results - and it doesn't matter how we get them," said Harley.
"What we have to do is just nick a win from somewhere.
"We've been saying in the dressing room, that we've been playing good football but getting nothing out of it.
"Things aren't going for us at the moment.
"Everyone's frustrated but it's important we all pull together and somehow grind out a couple of results."
"Confidence is a big factor at the moment and if a goal goes in you can see people thinking, 'oh no here we go again.' "But the boys are strong enough to pull it round."
Harley, who has failed to hold down a regular place in Fulham's side this season, is confident that the club can avoid making a quick return to the First Division.
"I don't think we will go down," said Harley. "The whole team are confident that we'll stay up, but it's important to take that confidence on to the pitch and show what we can do.
"We're certain we'll pull things our way. We're a Premiership team and everyone is determined that's where we are going to stay."