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Zat Knight believes Fulham can challenge for a European place this season.

The Cottagers were outstanding at home last term but their abysmal away record confined them to a mid-table finish.

They have performed much better on their travels in the early stages of the current campaign, with a battling 1-1 draw at Aston Villa on Saturday underlining how much Fulham have improved.

"The boys have done really well this season. For some reason we have got this fighting spirit and we showed it again against Villa," said Knight, who captained the side at Villa Park.

"We got a lot of stick last season, especially with our away form, and we are trying to prove people wrong because every season Fulham are written off and people say 'We are going to get relegated.'

"We have got standards for ourselves and we want to finish in the top nine. And then hopefully if Europe comes, it will be an added bonus."

Fulham boss Chris Coleman attempted to shed some light on how his side have managed to overcome their problems.

"We have changed a lot in terms of our preparation for away games," he explained. "We try to travel on the day of the match as much as we can. We travelled up to Villa on the morning of the game.

"We try to give the guys as much time as home as we can with their children and families. This season it was easier to improve our away form than it was to emulate our home form.

"I've been involved in professional football for 20 years and you go away from home and everything is regimental. You get on the bus and travel for four hours, but now we fly a lot.

"Anyone could have come in and looked at what we did last year and said 'That's not working, we have got to change it' and it's worked so far."