Mladen Petrić is expecting a vastly different game against Norwich City on Saturday to the one that took place at Craven Cottage on the opening day of the season.
That sunny August afternoon in SW6, Petrić scored twice on his Whites debut as Martin Jol’s men thumped the Canaries 5-0 to make the perfect start to the 2012/13 campaign.
Fast forward to the present and the two sides sit level on points in the Barclays Premier League table, making the weekend fixture at Carrow Road an important game for both teams.
Petrić said: “We will see what sort of game it is. It’s always different with home games and away games. Of course, I hope we can play like we did in the first game against them.”
Fulham ended their recent slump with a 3-1 win over West Ham United last Wednesday, with Petrić having a major hand in the final goal of the game which saw Joey O’Brien turn the ball over his own line.
The spirited Whites then went down to an unlucky 1-0 defeat to Manchester United on Saturday.
“We still need some points,” said Petrić. “The game against West Ham United was very important for us.”
Petrić again stepped off the substitutes’ bench in the clash with United but, having recovered from a recent thigh injury, is desperate to be involved from the start on Saturday.
The summer signing from Hamburg, who scored as Croatia defeated Korea Republic 4-0 in a friendly at the Cottage on Wednesday, said: "From the beginning of the season I was hoping to play more but I didn't, so we will see. I always try to give my best when I come in and, in the end, the gaffer is the man who decides so we will see what happens.”