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Premier League

Dickson Etuhu targets top-half finish for Fulham

Dickson Etuhu has targeted maximum points from Fulham's next two Barclays Premier League games as they attempt to secure the top-half finish demanded by manager Mark Hughes.

The Cottagers host Bolton tomorrow night before travelling to Sunderland on Saturday ahead of their final three matches of the season.

Victory tomorrow would catapult them from 13th to ninth in the table, while a rare away win at the Stadium of Light would give them every chance of ending a topsy-turvy campaign in the top 10.

Six points in the coming days could even see them challenge eighth-placed Bolton, who currently hold a seven-point advantage over the west Londoners.

But midfielder Etuhu told his club's official website, www.fulhamfc.com: "We're not thinking about Bolton - we're thinking about us.

"Respect to Bolton because they've done really well this season. We played at their place earlier on in the season and we got a draw in what was a tough game.

"Their manager, Owen Coyle, has done really well but when they come to our patch, it's not going to be easy for them.

"We're playing at home and everyone knows Fulham are a good team at home.

"The manager has a way he wants us to play and we're working hard on that - we believe we can win every game.

"We go into every game believing that we can win it and that's the case with the games we've got coming up this week.

"We're going to go out there and approach the game in the right manner but we believe we've got enough to win these games."

Fulham's home record in 2011 has been the key to their resurgence from relegation contenders to top-half hopefuls.

They have dropped just two of the last 18 points on offer at Craven Cottage and also won two FA Cup ties there in emphatic fashion.

Their only defeat since the turn of the year came against Bolton in the fifth round of the cup two months ago.

Etuhu's fellow midfielder Simon Davies said: "That was a frustrating day, they scored an early goal and we were trying to break them down but we couldn't do it.

"We've got five games left, it's a shame we've had too many draws which has held us back, but with five games to go we'll be looking to pick up at least a couple of wins.

"They'll be looking to come and give a good account of themselves. We're going to have to be on our game and take the game to them."

Hughes must decide whether to recall star striker Bobby Zamora, who was restricted to a late cameo in Saturday's 1-1 draw at Wolves after tweaking his back and hip in training.

The 30-year-old is not yet 100% fit after spending six months out with a broken leg and Hughes will not take any chances with him.

He said: "Bobby had a problem after training on Thursday with his back and his hip flexors.

"He didn't train on Friday and we had to work on him all day and Friday night, then he had more treatment on Saturday morning.

"He said he was okay - put his hand up and he wanted to play - but we have got a busy week this week, so it is important that we protect him.

"Obviously, he has had a long-term injury so we are very careful with him.

"I didn't think he was right to start but obviously he has made an impact after coming on."