Pajtim Kasami was pleased to see his side’s hard work pay off on Monday evening as Fulham came away from our South London derby against Crystal Palace with a 4-1 win.
The Eagles had taken the lead early on but an equaliser soon arrived through Kasami’s sumptuous volley – it was a strike that the 21-year-old admitted was the best of his career to date.
“Yes, that was the best goal I ever scored,” Pajtim told fulhamfc.com. “I knew that the ball was coming directly onto my chest and all I wanted to do was strike it. I was at quite a tight angle and I knew I had to take it and I’m very happy that it went in.”
As pleased as he was to score a goal of that calibre, the victory was the most important thing for Kasami, who claimed Sky Sports’ official Man of the Match award for his performance.
“It feels very nice to get a win like that,” he said. “We worked very hard and we got the three points and that was massive for us. I think everyone knows that we have fantastic players and we just have to be patient. I think on Monday we showed that we have quality and that if you keep at it then your hard work will pay off.”
Fulham took the lead on the stroke of half-time through another special goal, this time from Steve Sidwell, before a Dimitar Berbatov header gave the Whites a cushion.
The fourth came from the unlikely source of Philippe Senderos when the centre-back executed a deft scissor kick to notch his second goal for the Club, and Pajtim was delighted to see his compatriot get on the scoresheet.
“I’m very happy for Phil,” Kasami stated. “He always works hard and we work together now in the national team and he did a great game over there as well and I’m very pleased for him that he scored against Crystal Palace.”
Kasami’s dazzling display against the Eagles is the latest of several this season for the former Palermo man, whose form recently earned him a call-up to the full Switzerland national side for the first time.
Ottmar Hitzfeld’s men secured their place at Brazil 2014 with a game to spare, and Kasami was handed a debut in theirfinal match against Slovenia. It certainly whet the youngster’s appetite and he confessed it would be a landmark moment if he was selected to compete at next year’s competition.
“Obviously I’m still young but to reach a World Cup is a goal for every player,” he said. “It’s a big dream of mine and I’m very pleased that we qualified. I just look forward to playing football and to enjoy it.”
Six points won from the last two outings have put Fulham in a much healthier position in the Barclays Premier Leaguetable. Indeed, victory over Southampton at the weekend would move Martin Jol’s men to within two points of the Saints, who currently occupy sixth spot.
“I’m so pleased that we won on Monday,” Kasami said. “It gives me and it gives the whole team a lot of confidence. I think that win gives everyone a boost and, as I said before, we have fantastic players and we just have to be patient and we will get to where we want to be. Winning our last two matches gives us good momentum going into the Southampton match and I think we will be ready for them on Saturday.”