Last Updated: Thu, 29 Mar 2012 16:57
John Arne Riise says he is unconcerned by Fulham's recent three match losing streak as the team is heading into the right direction.
The Norwegian defender pinpoints their display against Manchester United as a sure sign of the progress being made by the Cottagers under Martin Jol's management.
Riise was disappointed with the outcome at Old Trafford but felt their overall performance in the 1-0 reversal was very encouraging.
He could have been talking about a 1-1 draw as well, had referee Michael Oliver not missed a blatant foul on Danny Murphy inside the area in the last few minutes.
He is now predicting a better result against Norwich City if they can turn in a showing of a similar standard this coming weekend.
The former Liverpool star told Fulham's official website: "I think after the last two games, Aston Villa where we lost in the last minute and Swansea where we didn't play anywhere near our top level, it was a step forward.
"We played compact when we needed to against Manchester United but also had some good play and really showed some character, as we always try to do, in fighting until the end so it was a good team performance.
"We gave United a scare, we had a few chances, we played quite good football, especially in the first half, and we had a few chances in the second half so we left there with the feeling that we played some good stuff but still gutted that we lost the game because we don't like to lose.
"It was vital we put in a strong performance against United because, as I said, the last game we played badly at home against Swansea so we really wanted to play a good game on Monday, especially ahead of the game against Norwich."
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