IAN Holloway has said Fulham face a "baptism of fire" in the Championship ahead of Millwall's visit to Craven Cottage this weekend.
The Cottagers suffered a 2-1 defeat at Ipswich Town on the opening day of the season.
Speaking ahead of the west Londoners' first home game back in the second tier, Holloway has claimed that Fulham's top-flight pedigree "means nothing now".
He said: "I know they were very unfortunate to lose against Ipswich because they got one back in the last ten minutes and could easily have scored another couple of goals.
"I want six points out of our first two games, but we'll have to work really hard to earn that because they're an ex-Premier League side.
"But that means nothing now – so welcome to the real world of the Championship."
Fulham boss Felix Magath has vowed to give youth a chance this season.
But Holloway said: "All the best of with that sort of transition.
"When you're spending zillions and zillions your owners want you to stay up, and they will want them to go back up.
"I have had it at Blackpool – the best players get stolen. Are the young players ready? It is a baptism of fire in this division.
"But the young lad that came on at Ipswich, Patrick Roberts, looked fantastic. If that's what's going to happen, and that sort of player comes on, they're going to be a better team.
"Craven Cottage is a wonderful place to go to – I've been there before as a pundit – and I can't wait to take my squad there."