Philippe Senderos was pleased Fulham brought a halt to their run of games without a clean sheet at the weekend – and he insists there are plenty of pluses to take from the match at Norwich City.
The goalless draw with the Canaries on Saturday was the first time since our trip to Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge back in November that the Whites have managed to keep the opposition out.
And our Swiss centre-back was clearly delighted with the overdue shutout, telling fulhamfc.com: “As a defender, I’m definitely happy that we didn’t concede.
“It’s been a while since we’ve had a clean sheet and it feels good to know we can rely on our defensive stability and, hopefully, we can do that in the next game and push on and score some goals.
“We have to take the positives from the game. I think a draw away from home – especially with a clean sheet – is a positive thing. We kept it tight at the back and we were hoping we could create a few more chances in the second half but, unfortunately, the goal didn’t come. But we stayed strong and it’s important that we keep a good stability and build on from the point.”
After causing Manchester United all manner of problems in our last outing, the shot count wasn’t as impressive at Carrow Road. A solitary effort by Steve Sidwell proved to be our only shot on target, and Philippe admitted that a cutting edge was lacking somewhat.
“It was important to be strong at the back and not give them any chances and then try and push on forward,” he explained. “As soon as we got behind their midfield it was quite difficult and we needed to turn the screw a bit more and make sure we play that last pass, but we gave them time to get back into position.
“It didn’t quite happen for us but the point is the important thing and we moved forward in the table with that.”
Senderos has been selected at the heart of the Fulham defence for the last three matches – a run which has seen only two goals shipped – and the 27-year-old is happy with his recent game time.
“I’m really pleased to be back in the side and bringing my qualities to the Team,” Philippe said. “Hopefully I can give good performances and keep my place.
“We’ve got a little while until our next match now so we’ll regroup and recover – it’s been a busy period and now we have a weekend off so it’s time to focus. We’re at home [in the next game] so it’s an especially good opportunity to move forward.”