Fulham manager Mark Hughes: I am not under pressure ahead of West Ham clash

We will remain positive against other teams, says Welshman
Mark Hughes insists that he does not fear for his job at Fulham.

The Cottagers are currently just above the dreaded drop zone, having accumulated only 16 points from 17 games this season. And with only two league victories to date, questions have been raised as to whether the former Manchester City boss is the right man for the job.

"I haven't spoken to the chairman this week. It hasn't been discussed with me," Hughes told reporters. "We have no apprehension about the games ahead of us.

"There will be speculation - there always is. There is nothing I can do about it. I don't particularly feel under pressure. I've been through this before.

"People at the club understand the difficulties we have had this year and that the work we do is good work. At some point in the future we will turn our results into positive results and begin moving up the table.

"All I can do is make sure the team is in the best possible shape to take on top-quality opposition."

The London club have also had trouble up front, as Bobby Zamora's absence has been telling in the number of goals they have scored. Currently at 16 goals from 17 games, only Wigan Athletic have hit the back of the net fewer times this season.

"It's very obvious where we are and the issues we have within the team," added the ex-Blackburn Rovers boss.

"We aren't scoring enough goals due to the personnel missing. It's about making sure we are still working hard and doing the right things and wait for something to change.

"That has been the case in recent weeks where we needed a break to get our noses in front."

However, Fulham have lost only five games, with their position in the standings being reflected in the number of draws they have had. Currently at 10 one-point outings, Fulham remain the side with the highest number of draws in the top-flight.

"In terms of how we are playing, if you look at our record, we have been beaten five times, but four of those games were against teams in the top five," Hughes said.

"We are very competitive against the rest of the teams and on our day we can beat the top teams as well."

Hughes' side with lock horns with rock bottom West Ham United on Boxing Day, with both teams looking to resurrect a season that has been slipping away.

He said: "We will remain positive. We are looking for a positive result against West Ham as that is important for us.

"A good starting point would be to win our game against West Ham, which we feel we are very capable of, and then that would kick us onto a run."

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