DANNY MURPHY has ruled out the possibility of Fulham challenging for a UEFA Cup spot despite the club spending the best part of £20m on new players.
It was Murph's header on the last day of the season that rescued Fulham from the dreaded drop at Portsmouth.
But the midfielder is too canny after spending 11 years in the top flight to be lulled into a false sense of security.
He said: "You have to be careful not to be too silly with your expectations. I would take mid-table mediocrity because that would be a big improvement.
"To say we're going to push on for UEFA places is a little bit naïve.
"I remember being at Charlton. We played Sunderland and Wigan in our first two games and won both, and went on a five or six winning game run. "We were top five for the first two or three months. It gives you great confidence. Hull away is going to be a tough game, but it's one we can win. I think it's better to play teams who've just been promoted early on."