Aaron Hughes admits back-to-back wins in the league for the first time since September would be a huge boost for Fulham as the Whites prepare to host Wigan Athletic on Saturday (3pm).
Fulham began 2013 with victory at West Bromwich Albion in the league but stuttered to a 1-1 draw against Blackpool in the Third Round of the FA Cup with Budweiser last weekend.
But the Whites return to the bread and butter of the Barclays Premier League when Roberto Martinez’s struggling Latics arrive in SW6.
And experienced defender Hughes is targeting all three points as the Whites bid to continue their climb up the table.
“We got off to a reasonable start to the year,” said Hughes. “We got a good win at West Brom last week. It would have been nice to have beaten Blackpool in the FA Cup but at least we’re still in it and we can go up there for Tuesday’s Replay with a chance of going through.
“To get another win in the league would be a good boost. We had a period where things just weren’t happening for us so this would be a nice way to bounce back from that.”
Wigan currently sit in the bottom three of the table, but continue to earn plaudits for the brand of football played under Martinez.
“They’re a good footballing side, everyone knows that,” stated Hughes. “Their manager gets them to play a certain style and they do a good job.”
The Whites will be out to do the double over Wigan on Saturday, having recorded the Club’s first away win of the campaign when Hugo Rodallega and Damien Duff struck in a 2-1 victory at the DW Stadium in September.
Hughes recalled: “When we won up there they had spells where they had a lot of possession and had a few chances so we’re in for a very difficult game.
“We’ll need to be at our best on Saturday. They’re technically very good on the ball and they do their individual jobs very well which makes them very solid. It will be difficult but at the same time we’re at home and if we can produce the form over the last few years that’s made the Cottage such a hard place to come to, then it gives us a good chance of getting something from the game.”
Victory on Saturday would also be a welcome fillip for Fulham ahead of the daunting trip to current league champions Manchester City next weekend.