Fulham midfielder Pajtim Kasami was left frustrated after West Bromwich Albion snatched a late point at Craven Cottage on Saturday.
Steve Sidwell’s goal had seen the Whites lead for the majority of the game, but Gareth McAuley rose highest to head home the equaliser in the second minute of stoppage time, to the dismay of Kasami and his colleagues.
“Of course, everyone in the dressing room was disappointed,” Pajtim told fulhamfc.com. “It was tough to take because we worked so hard. We had three offside goals so I think we were quite unlucky to concede a late goal, but now we must look forward.
“I was on the post [for the equaliser] and maybe we could have prevented it, maybe not, but we don’t have to blame each other. We conceded the goal and it’s hard but we need to focus on the next match now.”
The first opportunity for Fulham to get back to winning ways is in Saturday’s SW6 derby at Stamford Bridge. The Whites haven’t beaten Chelsea in their own backyard since 1979, but Kasami expects his team to embrace the occasion.
“Everyone is looking forward to this game,” he explained. “We’ll talk a lot beforehand and everyone will be positive going into it. We didn’t get the result we wanted [against West Brom] but there are plenty of games this season. We have to work hard this week and we’ll ready for Chelsea on Saturday, for sure.”
The 21-year-old has been a key player for Martin Jol so far this season, with fans seeing his best form since his transfer from Palermo two years ago. He’s featured in all but one of Fulham’s matches in 2013/14, and the playmaker admitted he’s pleased with his personal development.
“I’m happy to be in the team and I’ve worked very hard to get there,” he said. “I’ve been in the national team [Switzerland Under-21s] as well and scored some goals so it was nice to be involved in the Fulham side when I came back from international duty.
“I thank the Manager for that, for trusting me, and I’m trying to pay him back with my performances. I was quite pleased with my performance at the weekend and, like I say, I think we were unlucky not to take three points from the game – that would have made us very happy.”