Sascha Riether admitted Fulham struck lucky in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Everton.
The Whites led 1-0 when Bryan Ruiz’s free-kick went in off the post and Tim Howard, but Everton dominated proceedings thereafter, deservedly drawing level when Marouane Fellaini fired home.
Fellaini then put Everton 2-1 in front, with Mark Schwarzer forced into several fine saves shortly afterwards.
However, Fulham grabbed a somewhat fortunate point late on when Riether’s cross from the right was missed by Dimitar Berbatov but bundled home by substitute Steve Sidwell.
“I saw Dimitar and crossed but then Sidwell knocked it in,” said Riether. "But it didn’t matter who scored. We needed a goal in the last minute so we’re happy. We played against a very good team. We were lucky but that’s football. I’m told Everton had 27 shots which is a lot so we’ll have to work on that. I can understand why Everton are disappointed. They’re the best team we’ve played this season. We had to fight until the end and we did it.”
Sidwell’s last-minute strike went some way to making up for conceding stoppage-time equalisers at Southampton and Reading in Fulham’s last two away games.
“In football you always have to be positive,” stated Riether. “In the last games we’ve conceded goals in the last few minutes but we always know we can score and we’d get a chance because we’ve got quality all over the pitch. It was important that we didn’t lose.”
German international Riether has impressed during his short time at the Club, having arrived on a season-long loan from FC Cologne in the summer.
And the right-back hopes continued good performances may lead to a permanent switch when his current deal comes to an end.
“I enjoy it very much here,” he said. “I am only here for a year so we will see what happens. We’ve had a good start and hopefully we can continue it. It would be nice if I could stay. English football is unbelievable. It’s a great honour to play in the Barclays Premier League.
“We have a lot of interest in the Premier League in Germany as there are many German players over here. Then there are players like Mladen Petrić and Ashkan Dejagah who came over here from the Bundesliga.”