Duffer's Aim

Friday 15 February 2013 12:05

Damien Duff wants Fulham to finish the season with a flourish as the business end of the campaign approaches.

After a barnstorming start to 2012/13, wins have become less frequent in recent months and Duffer admits it’s something he and his teammates are keen to address.

“We got off to a great start but then had that mid-season where we struggled to pick up points, which was very disappointing,” he told fulhamfc.com. “Over the past couple of years we’ve usually started slow and finished strong.

“There are 12 games left, I think, so we’ll be looking to put in a similar finish to what we’ve done in previous seasons. It has been disappointing but we’re looking to put it right.”

Results have been a mixed bag for the Whites of late, with our last three outings composing of a win, a loss and a draw.

Victory over West Ham United was followed by a spirited display in defeat by Manchester United, with Saturday’s draw at Carrow Road yielding a 29th point of our campaign.

“You can always take positives,” Duff said of our recent performances. “Norwich was a clean sheet and I can’t remember the last time we had a clean sheet.

“It’s a tough place to go, to be fair. They’ve beaten Manchester United and a few other teams this season there, even Arsenal if my memory serves me correctly. So it’s a tough place to go and we were happy with the point coming away from there.

“Against United it was disappointing, but West Ham was a great win and much needed so there are positives to take.”

Stoke City are next up for the Whites when Tony Pulis’ side visit SW6 on Saturday 23rd February and Duff is looking to make home advantage count against the Staffordshire outfit.

“Any game, home or away, you’re looking to get three points,” he explained. “I suppose maybe more so at home.

“I like to think over the past few years – especially since I’ve been here anyway – I’ve always thought of Craven Cottage as a fortress. It’s a special place and we’ll be looking to get three points against Stoke there.”