Baird Relaxed For Gunners

Friday 9 November 2012 10:00

Chris Baird believes there will be 'no pressure' on Fulham when they head to Arsenal on Saturday (3pm).

By their own high standards, Arsenal have endured a disappointing start to the new season and are only above Fulham on goal difference.

The Whites have never won at the home of the Gunners, yet Baird feels this can work in Fulham’s favour this weekend.

“You’re not expected to go to these teams and win but over the last few seasons we’ve gone there and done well,” said Baird. “Last season, we got a 1-1 draw so we don’t see why we can’t go there and get another result.

“We know it’s going to be difficult, they’ve lost their last few games. They’ve had another game in midweek so we don’t know if their legs might be tired but it’s still a tough game for us.

“There’s no pressure on us, it’s all on Arsenal. We can go there, try and play our football and see what happens. They’re struggling a bit but they’re still a top-quality side.”

The Whites may have just one away win for their troubles so far this term, but Baird feels Martin Jol’s side have definitely improved on the road this season, having been seconds away from earning victories at Southampton and Reading.

“The quality in the side [is the difference],” stated Baird. “With the likes of Dimitar Berbatov and Hugo Rodallega, we’re creating a lot more chances and taking them. It’s about time, because certainly over the last three or four seasons since I’ve been here, we’ve been terrible away from home.”

Fulham will go into the Arsenal game off the back of Saturday’s 2-2 home draw against Everton, when the below-par Whites snatched a late point through substitute Steve Sidwell’s effort.

“It was a poor performance and not up to our usual standards,” reflected Baird. “We were disappointed with how we played but it shows if you go to the final whistle, you can get a result. We’ve talked about it through the week as we’re away to Arsenal which is another hard game for us.

“You have to give credit to Everton - they didn’t let us play our football. It just wasn’t our day but thankfully in the end we got a point out of it.

“We’ve still got the quality in the Team and if we get chances, we’ll take them. We’ll move on and we take some positives from the game.”