Great Team Spirit

Tuesday 2 April 2013 13:00

Philippe Senderos described Monday’s West London derby defeat of Queens Park Rangers as a ‘game of two contrasting halves.’

Fulham took a three-goal advantage with Dimitar Berbatov netting two before Clint Hill’s 41st-minute own goal. Moments later, Adel Taarabt offered the visitors hope when he fired in on the stroke of half-time.

Having dominated the first period, the Whites were under the cosh for parts of the second, with Loic Remy making amends for an earlier penalty miss by smashing the ball beyond the reach of Mark Schwarzer.

“It was a strange match in many ways,” said Philippe to fulhamfc.com. “It was a game of two contrasting halves really. In the first-half we really dominated them; we pressed high up the pitch and forced them to make errors.

“It was going to plan, and at 3-0 things were relatively smooth. But we allowed them back into the match, and I think their goal just before half-time gave them a belief that they could take something.

“They came out fighting in the second-half, and created chances for themselves. Perhaps they feel a little unlucky not to have taken a point but, largely, I think we deserved the win. There were a few nervous moments, but we showed great mental strength and team spirit to pull through.

“It was difficult at times, and even more so when Steve Sidwell was sent off. But we kept our shape and remained resolute right until the end. We did what we needed to do, and with the fans behind us throughout, we pulled through.

“It might not have been as pleasing on the eye as it was in the first-half, but at the end of the day, though, it’s all about the points – and three very important points.”

Victory took Martin Jol’s side to 39 points and further strengthened our ambitions of finishing in the top half of the table. At present, the Team sits in 10th spot – a point behind Swansea City and five behind West Bromwich Albion who are ninth and eighth respectively.

“We’re on a good run at the moment,” Senderos added. “And the win against QPR follows the victory at Tottenham Hotspur, and makes things look very positive. We have great solidity at this Club and I think that has been evident of late.

“With eight games to go, there is still plenty to play for. Of course, we want to finish as high as we can and I think, with the quality that we have, that we can finish the season strongly.

“We want to continue to do well and want to be looking up rather than down. Having missed a few weeks of action last month, it’s good to be back, and hopefully we can keep up the good form.”