It’s been a little while since we last saw Fulham in action, but what a very good game it was; probably the most entertaining one we’ve had all season, and against a good outfit in Huddersfield. Anyone who listened to the commentary will have heard me going a bit crazy celebrating the goals, but they were three great strikes for the fans to celebrate. I was glad to see Ross McCormack score a goal because I think his all-round play is so good. He’s such an unselfish player so it was good to see him on the scoresheet, and what a fantastic strike that was. And again, that partnership between him and Hugo Rodallega continues to blossom.
After leading for so long it was frustrating to see us concede, but credit to the lads for not letting their heads drop and recovering well. To be fair, Huddersfield started the second half very well. They were always a threat and you could tell why they’d gone on a good run. They’d lost their last game to Derby but they’ve been in good form under the new manager, but we showed a lot of character and it was perfect timing. They always say that once you score a goal you’re always vulnerable straight after and we capitalised on that. It was a great individual goal by someone who I think has probably been one of our most consistent and outstanding players this season; Lasse Vigen Christensen.
He’s been playing really well. I think he works well with Scotty Parker because obviously Scott’s very experienced, he wins loads of tackles, he gives a lot of energy and I think those two complement each other nicely. Lasse has got a great work rate but he’s started adding goals to his game now and long may that continue. He’s been a revelation really. I spoke to Kit about him – he’s had him all through the ranks so he knows what he’s capable of and that little bit of faith that Kit’s given him has inspired him to go on and produce consistent performances over the last month or so.
Next up for the Whites is one of our most eagerly anticipated fixtures; Brentford away. It’s obviously a London derby so it will be a great atmosphere down there. We went there earlier on in the season and won 1-0 and hopefully we can repeat that. We’re in good form at the moment, we’re scoring goals. If we can go there and defend well, no silly errors, then we should be fine because we’re always a threat on the break with the players we’ve got up front.
Friday nights are always a good game – we did well in our other Friday night game this year when we beat Charlton, but this is going to be a tougher test. It’ll be nice for the players to get back to league football after the international break. We’ll have a good couple of days to work on the gameplan and what we’re going to do, set-pieces, defending, and stuff like that. Kit’s got some time now to get his points across and hopefully the lads will go there and do the job.
Some people might be surprised to see Brentford up in the Play-Off places, but they’ve deserved it on recent form. After a slow start this year they’ve bounced back and they’re winning games. It’s going to be a tough game, especially because it’s a London derby – London derbies, you have to be up for them, you have to win the battles first, win the tackles, win the second balls. Do the basics right and then hopefully our talent in the squad can do some damage. But it is important to go there and be strong defensively. We want to try and keep the crowd quiet for the first 20 minutes and then hopefully that will give us a good pathway into the game.
A lot of the travelling Fulham faithful will be standing in the terraces on Friday, and that builds the atmosphere up. It’s a good ground to go to, and not just because it’s got a pub on each corner! It should be a good atmosphere, I’m definitely a fan of terraces. It’s an old school ground as well so the fans are quite close to the pitch, unlike some of these new stadiums which are all very nice but sometimes lose a bit of the atmosphere, so the atmosphere should be fantastic.
I’m upset I’m not doing the commentary really because I haven’t seen Gentleman Jim in a long time and I would love to see his moustache because it was a rascal! We’ve got to get a picture of it before he shaves it off because the next home game is on the 5th of December so I won’t get to see it otherwise! And I’m sure all the fans would like to see Gentleman Jim’s rascal tache. To be honest, if we keep winning I think he should keep it. It’s been a bit of a good luck charm so far as we haven’t lost since he started growing it. I’m sure if we keep winning then Jim will definitely be happy to keep it.