Finish On A High

Thursday 21 March 2013 10:20

Steve Sidwell wants Fulham to keep the momentum gained from our recent matches going until the end of the campaign.

The combative midfielder has played every minute of our recent four match unbeaten run, and has done a stellar job of protecting his defence with only two goals – one of which was from the penalty spot – conceded during that period.

“I’d say that probably throughout the whole season I’ve been happy with my form and the team’s form in the games that I’ve played,” Steve told fulhamfc.com. “It’s important now as we approach the final run-in that we keep that consistency up and then finish on a high.

“All of our remaining games are very tough. The whole run-in we’ve got between now and the end of the season includes some really tough ones so it’s going to be hard but we’ve hit a bit of form now so hopefully we can continue that and finish the campaign strongly.”

Martin Jol’s current preferred pairing in the middle of the park is Sidwell and 36-year-old Giorgos Karagounis. The industrious duo have impressed alongside one another and our Ginger Iniesta has enjoyed playing with a man of the European Championship winner’s calibre.

“You can always learn from players like Giorgos,” he said. “He’s been around the block, he’s the highest-capped player for Greece, he’s played in big competitions and he’s won big competitions.

“Playing with him has been great, as well as it obviously has been with the other players that we’ve got. We’ve got experience throughout the team and that’s great to learn from.

“Giorgos is playing well. He’s come in and some people probably raised an eyebrow because of his age but obviously his quality’s showed and that’s the most important thing. If you’re doing well on the pitch then you’re going to keep playing, and he’s done that.”

The Whites’ next outing isn’t until Easter Monday (8pm), but it’s a fixture that will have fans champing at the bit as we seek redemption against Queens Park Rangers for the painful 2-1 loss at Loftus Road in December.

Fulham were well below par on that afternoon in West London and Sidwell admits the performance just wasn’t good enough.

“You want revenge because that game, for me, was probably the most disappointing match of the whole season,” he admitted. “It was the manner in which we didn’t turn up and didn’t show enough commitment.

“It’s time, hopefully, to get one back over them but it’s just another game at the end of the day. Obviously it’s important to win for the fans but it’s also important that we put in a good performance and come away with a decent result.”