Easing The Pain

Monday 20 May 2013 09:30

Fulham winger Alexander Kačaniklić admitted that Sunday’s 3-0 victory over Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium eased the pain of finishing outside the top half of the Barclays Premier League.

The victory saw the Whites rise in the rankings to 12th – just three points behind West Ham United in 10th – but the young Sweden international believes his side are capable of better.

“In the past two months we haven’t been at our best and that put us in a position that we didn’t want to be in,” he told fulhamfc.com. “It was the last game of the season at Swansea and it was a great team performance. It was very much needed and so it was an enjoyable win.

“It’s great to end the season really well and it’s meant we’ve climbed a couple of places in the league table too which is good because Fulham is a top-10 club in my eyes. People look at Fulham and they know we want to be in the top 10 so we’re not too far away with where we ended up but we want to be highe.

“That said, though, I think we should be relatively pleased to finish as highly as we did considering our run in the previous seven matches. Like I said, in that period we didn’t do well - only picking up four points from those games, which isn’t good enough. But to finish with a game like that against Swansea was perfect.”

Martin Jol’s men were under the cosh for heavy chunks of Sunday’s match, especially in the second half, but a disciplined performance and some excellent counter-attacking football saw the boys end the campaign with one of their most impressive scorelines of the season.

Kačaniklić got the ball rolling with a composed finish in the first half before he went on to hit the woodwork twice, and Dimitar Berbatov and Urby Emanuelson both netted to secure an eye-catching away result for the Whites.

“Swansea came out for the second period and the game was played in our half for most of the time,” Alex admitted. “We defended really well – not only the back four but the midfield and the strikers too.

“I scored a good goal but I also had the shot that hit the post and the one that hit the crossbar so I’m happy with my goal but obviously I wanted a few more!”

The 21-year-old has enjoyed a season of progress down Fulham’s left wing, with a loan spell at Burnley sandwiched in the middle, and he is keen to make that wide spot his own come 2013/14.

“I want to kick on next season at Fulham,” he said. “I was never happy to go out on loan because I wanted to fight for my place at the Club. I think I’ve performed quite well when I’ve played this season and, hopefully, next term I can cement my place in the starting XI.”