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Fulham have a tough run of fixtures coming up, with the Cottagers set to go up against Stoke, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle in their next four games, but manager Martin Jol insists his side is only concentrating on beating Sunderland when the two sides meet at Craven Cottage.

Jol's men are currently on a five-game unbeaten run and the Cottagers currently find themselves ninth in the table, but despite their good form, the Dutchman is not taking anything for granted and claims Sunderland will give his team a real test.

"They [Sunderland] have six draws - four draws away from home in six games - so it is not an easy one," Jol said.

"They conceded less goals probably than any other team in the league so they are well organised and they've got the likes of James McClean and Steven Fletcher.

"Stephane Sessegnon had a great season last year and Adam Johnson won't have been cheap. He's one of the bigger talents in England. Up front they've got quality so it won't be a walkover.

"We have to be aware of the fact they can hurt any other team, especially away from home because they didn't pick up the points but four draws out of six games is not great but is not bad either."


Starting XIs - Fulham vs Sunderland

Fulham: Schwarzer; Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, Riise; Duff, Karagounis, Sidwell, Kacaniklic; Ruiz, Berbatov 

Sunderland: Mignolet, O'Shea, Cuellar, Bardsley, Rose, Larsson, Cattermole, Colback, Sessegnon, Johnson, Fletcher 


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Although Jol will be missing a number of key players, including the likes of Simon Davies and Chris Baird, to injury, the 56-year-old reveals he is unperturbed and claims he is counting on promising left winger Alex Kacaniklic to make a difference.

Jol said: "[Hugo] Rodallega of course is here and can play on the left but with Kaca after one or two good games they selected him for Sweden so that was helpful for him, not for us.

"I saw his game with Zlatan [Ibrahimovic] up front with him on the left against England and I have to say he is developing in a very typical left-sided player. I am happy he is here."

Meanwhile, Sunderland winger Adam Johnson has expressed his belief that Black Cats midfielder Lee Cattermole will be key to a successful season for the club.

Johnson, 25, said with a smile: "He [Cattermole] was always once of those players since we were about 15, to be honest.

"He was always hot-headed and got the lads going. As a young lad, he was probably even crazier than he is now on the pitch.

"But that was because he was young, he was so enthusiastic and he went in for tackles. But now, and especially this season, you have really seen a different side to his game.

"I know he gets a lot of bad press for being sent off a lot, but if you watch him when he actually is playing, he's a massive help to the team.

"It's not just all about getting the team going, he can play. He passes it, he is always looking to get on the ball.

"This season since I came in, I have seen a massive difference from when I used to know him.

"I know I have played with him in the [England] Under-21s, but he has matured loads now and he's definitely worthy of the captaincy because he is a great leader."

Sunderland head for Craven Cottage having won just one of their last 18 league games, but Johnson claims his side will hit their stride sooner rather than later.

Johnson said: "It's only a matter of time. It [Everton] was definitely the best we have played for a few weeks and we can look at the positives.

"Hopefully there are going to be a few wins in the next couple of weeks."


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