'That run-up to Christmas is starting to feel season-defining'

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Drew Heatley, Fulhamish

Well, that was a miserable Premier League run between international breaks.

Sunday’s loss at Aston Villa means we picked up a grand total of one point from four (admittedly tough) games. That puts us 19th in the form table for that period, above only Burnley - who picked up zero.

The main issue is, of course, goals. We scored just two times in the league in these games - one fewer than we scored in one night at Portman Road in the Carabao Cup the other week. Our failure to replace Aleksandar Mitrovic will be the defining story of our season unless we get the chequebook out in January, or bag a striker on loan who is looking for a shop window pre-Euros.

If you’re grasping for a shred of optimism, Fulham fans, here’s one for you: Raul Jimenez finally scored a Premier League goal after 20 months and 32 games. That’s quite the monkey off the striker’s back, just in time for his former club Wolves to arrive at Craven Cottage in a little less than two weeks.

A win for Gary O’Neil’s side at the weekend, as well as victories for Bournemouth and Everton, means we’re now firmly looking down the table.

However, our next half-dozen matches feature four home fixtures, including games against Nottingham Forest, West Ham, and Burnley. That run-up to Christmas is starting to feel season-defining.

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