Fulham forward Bryan Ruiz is pleased that his side are beginning to earn the points their performances deserve in the Barclays Premier League following Sunday’s excellent 1-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.
The last four outings for the Whites have yielded an impressive eight points, with just two goals conceded in the process, and Ruiz hopes that the foundations are now in place for a strong end to the campaign.
“After this victory we can look forward to making sure we stay in the top 10 places,” he said. “That’s what we’ve wanted since the beginning of the season. We had a bad period but now we are back in business so we will try to finish in the top 10.
“We’ve been playing good football already for a while and sometimes we didn’t get the points we deserved, but I think we’ve changed our mentality and we’re playing with confidence. We’re working very hard on the field and defending well and we have quality up front also.”
Dimitar Berbatov took his tally for the season to 11 at the weekend and Bryan – who has been playing in the hole behind the Bulgarian – praised the contribution of the striker, but insisted the upturn in form is the result of a collective team effort.
“It was a really good team goal,” Ruiz admitted. “We worked it well down the right side, put the ball into space and it was a great finish.
“It’s good to play with Dimitar but it’s teamwork and we showed that on Sunday. We defended very well. It’s down to all 11 players who played to do a great defensive job, which we did.
“We did well when we had the ball too and that’s when we can use the quality that Berbatov has. People talk a lot about Dimitar and we agree that he’s a good player but it’s about teamwork. He’s doing well, but all the team is doing well.”