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Last Updated: Monday, 8 October 2007, 09:01 GMT 10:01 UK
Sanchez calm despite Fulham slide
Fulham manager Lawrie Sanchez
Sanchez has been backed in the transfer market at Fulham
Fulham boss Lawrie Sanchez says he is not worried about slipping into the Premier League relegation zone.

The Cottagers lost 2-0 to Portsmouth on Sunday to drop into the bottom three - but Sanchez says the true test will come in the club's next three games.

"We have played a lot of tough matches recently," said Sanchez. "Now we have an important sequence coming up.

"We play Derby, Sunderland and Reading - teams we should be looking to beat - and it will show if we're good enough."

He added: "Every manager is under pressure but it is early days yet.

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"I hate being in the bottom three but it is no extra pressure until you come to the last third of the season."

Fulham have won only once in the league all season - against Bolton in August - and were beaten at home by Bolton in the Carling Cup in September.

But Sanchez, who spent 20m revamping the Fulham squad in the summer, says draws with Tottenham, Manchester City and Chelsea shows the Cottagers are a good side.

He said: "We lost 2-1 to both Arsenal and Aston Villa in our first four games and then played at Chelsea last week and got a point - and we were never out of any of those matches.

"We did well against Spurs and Man City too and on Sunday Portsmouth showed they are a top side, there is no doubt about that.

"They are definitely among the European-chasers this season - they are a big, athletic side.

"Once they were ahead they were able to sit back and soak us up."

Barclays Premier League Table
01 February 2010 22:00
    P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 23 38 54
2 Man Utd 24 36 53
3 Arsenal 24 32 49
4 Tottenham 24 20 42

5 Liverpool 24 16 41

6 Man City 22 14 41
7 Aston Villa 23 13 40
8 Birmingham 23 -1 34
9 Everton 23 -1 32
10 Blackburn 24 -15 28
11 Fulham 23 -2 27
12 Stoke 22 -7 26
13 Sunderland 23 -10 24
14 Wigan 22 -23 22
15 West Ham 23 -9 21
16 Bolton 22 -15 21
17 Wolverhampton 23 -21 21

18 Burnley 23 -23 20
19 Hull 23 -26 20
20 Portsmouth 22 -16 15

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