Dembélé Reflects

Monday 31 March 2014 13:00

Moussa Dembélé was understandably downbeat after his full debut for the Club ended in defeat against Everton, but the teenager promised the team will give all they can to preserve their top-flight status.

Fulham were on top for large spells against a strong Everton outfit on Sunday afternoon, but after Ashkan Dejagah had cancelled out a massively unfortunate own goal from David Stockdale, the Toffees secured a 3-1 win through Kevin Mirallas and Steven Naismith.

“It’s hard to take the loss but we have to keep going,” Dembélé told fulhamfc.com. “We have keep our heads up and make sure we’re ready for the next game.

“Of course, it was an unlucky defeat but we have to keep going and keep fighting for the next matches because there are still six games to go.

“We played very well against Everton and that gives us confidence because we know we have the quality and the potential to stay in the Premier League, and I believe we will.”

The 17-year-old led the Whites line with admirable conviction and didn’t look at all out of place on his first start. Indeed, he almost put his side in front on the stroke of half-time when he escaped the attentions of Seamus Coleman to meet Lewis Holtby’s cross, but Tim Howard was equal to his header.

“If I had scored it could have been a different game,” he admitted. “But I didn’t so we had to try to keep our heads up and give it another go. I’m not pleased with my performance because we lost the game and it’s always good to win.

“But, of course, to play was good for me. I was feeling a bit nervous before the match but it’s a game of football so I just tried to enjoy myself and work hard for the team and for the Club.”

After Dejagah’s breathtaking equaliser, Fulham had chances to take the lead but Howard was equal to efforts from John Heitinga and Pajtim Kasami.

And while Dembélé admitted the result may have been more favourable if one of those chances had been taken, he’s keen to move on ahead of Saturday’s clash away to Aston Villa.

“It could be different but the game is finished now,” he stated. “Yes, it was unlucky for us but we have to move on and keep our head up for the next game.

“It is a big one at Villa and we have to make sure that we’re ready for this game.”

Fulham will be roared on by a capacity away support of almost 3,000 in the Midlands at the weekend, and Dembélé is keen for more of the same following an electric atmosphere at the Cottage against Everton.

“The fans were very good,” the Frenchman admitted. “They supported us throughout the 90 minutes, even when we were losing. That’s why this is such a good Club; the fans are right behind the boys and it’s good for us to hear that.”