Last Updated: Thu, 15 Mar 2012 13:34
Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer believes the team can still finish in the top ten despite the disappointment of losing to Aston Villa.
The Australian, who is currently enjoying his 13th consecutive season in England's top-flight, is really encouraged by the club's progress under Martin Jol and is predicting a bright future for the Cottagers.
Prior to last weekend's defeat to Villa, Jol's men recorded three back-to-back victories to edge into the right half of the Premier League table.
Schwarzer believes the players are now finally getting to grips with their manager's expectations and can only see even further improvements in the weeks and months ahead.
He told the club's official website: "The last month or so has been very encouraging.
"We've played some fantastic football and deservedly went on a very good run where we won three matches in succession.
"Unfortunately we couldn't keep that run going and last week's defeat at Aston Villa was hugely disappointing. It was a game we shouldn't have lost and with their goal coming so late it was a difficult result to take for me personally.
"A top ten finish was our target at the start of the season and there's no doubt that's where we want to be at the end."
However, Schwarzer is backing the team to bounce back in style at Craven Cottage this weekend despite facing a potential tricky test against Swansea side who last Sunday turned over high-flying Manchester City.
The experienced keeper added: "Saturday is another big game for us. We're at home and it goes without saying that we're looking to pick up as many points as possible at the Cottage.
"Swansea will be a tough opposition as they've had a good campaign so far. They are a very good side and one that plays some fantastic football. Hopefully it will be an exciting game, especially for our fans. Our form at home has been exceptional and we want to keep that going."
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