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Wales midfielder believes the Cottagers will benefit from FA Cup and Europa League exits, and can gain a top-half finish as they play several teams below them in the table

Fulham midfielder Simon Davies believes the Cottagers can kick on and push for a top-10 Premier League finish this season.

The 32-year-old is hoping that their 2-1 victory against Stoke City last weekend will prove to be the start of a good run for the west London side, who currently sit 12th in the Premier League table.

Fulham now face key fixtures in the coming weeks against Queens Park Rangers, Wolves, Aston Villa and Swansea.

"The manager did point it out to us that going into these games on the back of a win would give us that little bit of extra confidence," the Wales midfielder told The Independent.

"We want to push on and get into the top half of the table with another couple of good results.

"We all know it'll be very hard still because they're all fighting for survival down the bottom, but they're games that we have got to be looking to go and take the initiative in.

"We're obviously above them [QPR, Wolves and Aston Villa] in the table on merit, so we've got to go and impose ourselves in those games.”

Fulham have a free weekend after their FA Cup exit at Everton and, after going out of the Europa League as well, they can concentrate on climbing up the table; something Davies believes will help their cause.

"It's always good to get a break," he added.

"Not just for me but for the lads coming off the back of the European games as well; they've had such a tough six months.

"We've trained well this week but we'll have a couple of days off and, hopefully, recharge the batteries and finish the season strongly on the back of it."

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