Gera: We must stick together

Sunday’s 4-1 home hammering by Manchester City leaves the Cottagers

clinging to safety only thanks to a superior goal difference over

Wigan. As Christmas approaches, with all the negative statistics

that come with it for the teams at the bottom, Gera knows

improvement needs to come swiftly. Yet such is the nature of this

bizarre season that a couple of wins can push Mark Hughes’ men up

towards the European places. And that is what Gera has his eyes on,

not the scrap further down. “I am sure we will not panic,” said the

31-year-old. “If we do that it is not good for the team. “We need

to stick together. The league is so tight at the moment, we still

have time to pick points up and get out of this zone. “I am

confident. We know we can do much better and we will do much better

in the next two games.” It does seem bizarre that Fulham should be

looking anxiously over their shoulders even though they have only

lost four matches, the same number as Chelsea and Arsenal, who

remain in the top three. Fulham’s problem is their large percentage

of drawn games, caused by a paltry tally of just 14 goals in as

many Premier League games. Bobby Zamora’s injury is clearly a major

factor in the downturn from last season, although Gera does not

feel it tells the whole story. “I don’t know why we have struggled

so badly,” he admitted. “It is difficult to understand because we

have chances. We are creating them but have not scored enough. “We

need to work on that, then hopefully, this bad luck will turn

round.” In their present situation, Fulham certainly cannot afford

to be conceding early goals, as they did yesterday, although they

do realise they will not meet sides as effective as City were every

week. Nevertheless, it is fairly obvious no-one can be taken for

granted this season, with next weekend’s opponents, Birmingham,

capable of climbing out of the relegation zone themselves by

beating Chelsea on Saturday. “I don’t know why we started so flat,”

said Gera. “The preparation has been exactly the same this season

but sometimes it happens. “We need to forget this game and do

better in the next one, which is going to be very important. “We

must pick up some points to get out of the relegation zone.”