FULHAM boss Martin Jol has targeted victory at Aston Villa to make certain of Premier League survival.
The Whites sit in mid-table and are just one point short of the magical 40-point mark as the season reaches its climax.
That total is often seen as the benchmark for safety and Jol is keen to reach the milestone sooner rather than later.
A win at Villa this weekend would see Fulham pass that marker and allow Jol to watch the remaining fixtures more comfortably.
“We tend to tell each other that we are okay because it will be quite negative if we were to say that we have to look down the table every day,” Jol said. “I feel that we need another win because you never know.
“Realistically we are fine, but if everyone were to start winning in the last six or seven matches then you could end up with a problem. But hopefully we will get a couple of results in the next week or so.
“Overall we have done well away from home – maybe too many draws but, on the other hand, even at Newcastle United I think we could have done a bit better. To concede a goal in the 93rd minute is disappointing.”
His opposite number, Paul Lambert, has bigger relegation fears but Jol is not taking this weekend’s opponents lightly.
“If you see Villa’s results, they have got quality,” he added. “They have got Christian Benteke, Andreas Weimann, Gabriel Agbonlahor, even Darren Bent on the bench.
“People keep telling me that they are young but I think they changed their system as well. They’ve had some fantastic results - if you think about Liverpool away from home a couple of months ago, for example.”
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