Rene Meulensteen is adamant Fulham can climb out of the drop zone after securing a late Christmas present with three points against Norwich on Boxing Day.

Scott Parker thundered home a second-half winner at Carrow Road after Patjim Kasami’s free-kick had cancelled out Gary Hooper’s opener for the hosts.

Fulham remain in the bottom three after Crystal Palace dramatically won at Aston Villa, however Meulensteen reckons it will only be a matter of time before they move up the table.

He said: "We're still in the bottom three and there's where we don't want to be, but we'll keep looking forward and looking up and keep the performances going and I think we'll steadily climb up the table.

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"We have been working so hard since I took over. It was so important we got something today. I have worked with the players for a month, so I have a good idea of what they are capable of. Scott Parker's first touch was excellent, and he struck it so quickly. He typifies the character of the team.

Meulensteen also welcomed Alan Curbishley to the club after the former Charlton Athletic manager arrived at Craven Cottage as technical director this week.

He added: "Alan Curbishley's appointment has been discussed even before I came here. It’s a fantastic appointment for us. I want to have that sort of senior person here who can have a different look at things. We travel up to Hull [for Saturday's game] in good confidence.”

Meulensteen also confirmed he will assess the fitness of Maarten Stekelenberg and Dimitar Berbatov tomorrow (Friday) before settling on his squad for the trip to Yorkshire.