Kača Praises Character

Monday 12 November 2012 09:00

Fulham’s super-sub Alexander Kačaniklić was delighted with the character shown by his side as we played our part in an enthralling London derby with Arsenal on Saturday afternoon.

Goals from Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski had put the home side in control at the Emirates, but the Whites went in level at half-time courtesy of headers from Dimitar Berbatov and the young Swede.

With the momentum swinging in Fulham’s favour, we capitalised when Mikel Arteta felled the mercurial Bryan Ruiz in the area, with Berbatov nonchalantly tucking away the subsequent penalty. 

Giroud equalised moments later before both sides had chances to secure all three points, most notably when Arteta’s penalty kick at the death was spectacularly beaten away by Mark Schwarzer.

"It was a good game to be involved in that's for sure,” Alexander told fulhamfc.com. “There was plenty of drama. It was up and down for 90 minutes. Both teams had chances and it could have gone either way really.

"I was actually standing on the sidelines waiting to come on when Arsenal scored their second. To come on when your team is 2-0 down is difficult, but what followed was a demonstration of the Team's character and attacking threat.”

Standing at less than six foot, Kačaniklić is hardly known for his aerial prowess but the winger showed great technique when he sprang to meet Berbatov’s inch perfect delivery in the 40th minute.

"I can't remember the last time I scored a header,” Alexander confessed. “It had been a while. I like to think I took the chance well, but the build up play and cross was absolutely fantastic. It was a really great move.

"It doesn't matter who scored the goal, but of course, it was nice to play my part. The third goal of the game was crucial, because had Arsenal added another I'm not sure how things would have gone so when Dimitar's goal went in it gave us a real belief to push on and get another. 

"To be fair, even at 2-0 down I thought we had caused them problems and it was important to take from that - which we did. 

"To then go in front against Arsenal, and at the Emirates too, showed what this Team is all about. We unsettled them, and deserved to go in front following some clever play from Bryan to win the penalty and, as we know, Berba's finish from the spot was quality.” 

It looked as though all the Whites' good work was set to go unrewarded however, when Sascha Riether was harshly adjudged to have handled Andrey Arshavin's cross deep into stoppage time. But a world-class save down to his left by our Australian custodian sent the travelling supporters into raptures and ensured we left North London with a richly deserved point. 

"They had a great chance to win the game with the last kick,” Alexander said. “But Mark Schwarzer made an incredible stop to keep out Arteta's penalty. I think we could have considered ourselves extremely unlucky had Arsenal taken all three points. 

"We have one of the best 'keepers around though, and that's what he is all about - making important stops. You could say that he saved the day.” 

"Considering what happened earlier on in the game, a point was great. But, that said, we were disappointed not to have left with more. 

"I think this performance bodes well for the future. We came to a difficult ground against a top team, but played our way and really made it our game.”