Captain Brede Hangeland admits there is room for improvement for Fulham next season and thinks the Club can target a place in Europe.
The Whites started the 2012/13 term in fine form, but suffered a blip over Christmas. Things picked up towards the end of January, with one defeat in six games lifting Martin Jol’s men into the top half of the table.
But the Club then ended the campaign in 12th place after an end-of-season slump saw them lose five Barclays Premier League games on the trot before a 3-0 win at Swansea City on the last day of the campaign.
And, as he reflected on the season, Hangeland confessed that the Whites’ talented squad can aim higher next season if they can add some more consistency.
He told the official website: “It’s been a bit of a roller-coaster ride. We started really well, then had a bad time before Christmas, but then had a good period again where we beat a lot of teams and showed what a good side we can be.
“As we all know, though, the end of the season was disappointing with a poor run of results and form. But we stayed in the league and we’ll get to play the big teams again next year.”
There were still plenty of highlights for the Whites to savour, however, with Fulham’s 1-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur a game that will live long in Hangeland’s memory banks.
“Beating Spurs is the game that stands out for me,” he stated. “We hadn’t beaten them at White Hart Lane for as long as I’ve been here so that was a great moment and one I really enjoyed.
“But we’ve also had some poor results. Losing 3-0 at home to Chelsea was hard to take as we didn’t play that badly that evening.”
Turning his attentions to next term, Hangeland, who signed a new contract with the Whites earlier this year, believes Fulham should be aiming high.
“As long as I’ve been here the aim, first and foremost, has been to stay in the league,” he said. “We’d like to do a bit better than that next season and try and finish in the top 10 and possibly get back in Europe. It wasn’t too many years ago that we did that and I’d love to experience it again.