More woe for Fulham?

There are no more winless wonders in the Premier League

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Fulham boss Jokanovic 'retains full backing of the players'

Fulham captain Tom Cairney insists under-fire manager Slaviša Jokanović has the full backing of the squad.

The Cottagers slumped to their sixth straight defeat in all competitions on Monday night against Huddersfield - who sat bottom of the Premier League ahead of kick-off having failed to score a single goal at home.

Defeat at the John Smith's Stadium saw Jokanović's side replace them at the foot of the table with pressure growing on the Serbian.

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How is the relegation battle going?

By Joe Harker

Huddersfield Town's 1-0 win against Fulham put the newly promoted club bottom of the league and ensured every team in the Premier League won at least one game. The winless wonders are no more, meaning other clubs are facing a very real danger of relegation if they don't get their act together. They can no longer rely on three teams being worse than them, it's up to each team to do their utmost to guarantee safety. Still with five clubs having won just one game in the first 11 it's too close to call.

The defeat is particularly disappointing for Fulham, who will have been looking at the Huddersfield match as one they desperately needed to win. Not only would it have provided them with a crucial three points to move up the table and restore confidence, losing the game has given one of their direct relegation battle rivals has gained points at their expense.

Fulham spent over £100 million on new players in the summer but many of their signings either don't seem to fit the team or look disinterested. There was much furore over the club signing the likes of Jean-Michael Seri, who was previously linked with Barcelona, but pretty much all of their signings have fallen short of expectations in some way.

Huddersfield are no longer bottom of the table but they are certainly not safe either. Still in the relegation zone on goal difference, they must build on their victory and pick up more points in their upcoming games to start pulling clear of the drop zone. The win will give them confidence but they are still the team with the fewest goals scored in the Premier League. If the win ends up being a one off rather than the start of improvement then the Terriers will fall behind once again.

Another team that finally broke their winless duck was Newcastle United, who must also show their own 1-0 win was the start of improvement rather than a one off result. Toon manager Rafa Benitez said the win against Watford showed everyone what his players can do, he will be hoping they repay that praise with another worthy performance.

Perspecs News recently covered the perils Southampton are facing. A lackluster Saints side may only be spared the drop if three other Premier League teams are so abjectly bad that it spares everyone else the drop.

As for Cardiff City, they too are failing to impress and their poor performances suggest they are not ready for the Premier League. Manager Neil Warnock seems to know that his side aren't good enough to stay up too, his comments on the team's prospects are hardly stellar examples of motivation.

In truth the bottom five clubs in the Premier League may be in a worse state than the top five clubs in the Championship. However, only three teams get to trade places at the end of the season so two will be spared to once again face the test of whether they are good enough next year. One win in 11 would suggest none of them currently are.

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