Hughes eyes Pompey repeat

Fulham defender in confident mood

Hughes: Staying positive

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Aaron Hughes is confident that Fulham can once again emerge triumphant at Fratton Park.

Danny Murphy's late goal gave Fulham a 1-0 victory over Portsmouth on the final day of last season as Roy Hodgson's men completed a remarkable escape from the relegation zone.

The Cottagers are in need of three points again this weekend as they have slipped to 17th place in the Premier League table after an encouraging start to the campaign.

Hughes nevertheless insists that Fulham are in the right frame of mind to spring a surprise against Pompey.

"Everyone's got good memories of Fratton Park and we'll be going there with confidence," the Northern Ireland international told the club's official website.

"It may be the same pitch but it's a different day altogether and we won't be dwelling on that.

"If we can take three points it would be great. In the Premier League it's always hard to win away and for any team an away win is a good day."

Belief

Hughes does not believe that Fulham have had much luck this season but expects results to improve if the players continue to work hard.

"If we keep playing the way we have been it will come at some stage," he said.

"We don't want to be where we were last season as we said that right at the start.

"The league gets harder every year. Every team poses a threat whether they're playing home or away and we've got to keep working hard and keep doing what we're doing.

"It's important we believe in ourselves and I see belief amongst the lads in what we're doing."