Lasse Looking Up

Thursday 25 September 2014 10:30

Lasse Vigen Christensen wants Fulham to kick on from their Capital One Cup success when they travel to Birmingham City at the weekend.

A slick first-half display from the Whites on Tuesday saw them lead Doncaster Rovers by two goals, and while the visitors asked questions after the restart, a 2-1 win proved enough to take Kit Symons’ men into the Fourth Round.

“First half we enjoyed it, we started really well on the front foot,” Christensen told fulhamfc.com. “The combinations were just flowing and we were playing quickly with few touches, as the gaffer wants.

“We made it a bit hard for ourselves in the second half – we always knew they were going to come out and give it another go.

“I think we responded okay, but we didn’t hold onto the ball as well as we could when we were a little bit under pressure. But a win’s a win, and that’s what we’re going to take from it.”

Extra-time looked like a serious possibility with just over 10 minutes remaining when Rovers were awarded a penalty, but Marcus Bettinelli preserved his side’s lead with an excellent low stop – much to the delight of his fellow Academy graduate.

“It was great for Marcus,” Christensen said. “It was great for the team, and that’s one of the biggest contributions he could have made so I’m delighted for him, and relieved also.

“We wanted to come out and show the fans, like we did at the weekend, that the performance and the effort are there. Obviously it’s trying to get into that mindset of every player having confidence, and that’s what the Doncaster game will give us going into Saturday.”

Of all the players Symons has at his disposal as Caretaker Manager, Christensen is arguably the one he knows best.

In charge of the Under-18s when the Dane first joined the Club as a 17-year-old back in January 2012, Symons later made him captain of the Under-21s, before handing him back-to-back starts for the first time in the senior side.

“We all want to do well for him,” the Denmark youth international stated. “I think we all really enjoy having Kit as a manager and we want to do well for him, but also for ourselves and for the team.

“It’s all positive when we win a game and I’m really happy for Kit. I’ve had him at three teams now with this Club and I really enjoy working with him and I’m so happy that he’s here now in this new role.”

Having made his debut for the Whites at the start of the calendar year, Christensen made a couple of appearances in 2014/15, but since Symons took the reins he’s played every minute.

“I’ve been fighting for a place since we started pre-season and I’ve been eager to show what I can do,” he said. “It seems like now is a good chance for that – I’m just happy with anything I can get.

“I’m still learning with every game, but a performance like Tuesday can only be good experience for a young player like me.”

Attentions return to league matters on Saturday when we travel to St Andrew’s to take on Birmingham, and Christensen is adamant his side have what it takes to begin climbing the Sky Bet Championship table.

“As a team we’ve always known that we’ve got enough quality in the team and we’ve got enough will to do well,” he stressed. “I don’t think we’re really lacking anything, except we just got into a bad run.

“We have to work really hard to get the points in this league, but you could see on Tuesday that – in terms of technical ability and keeping the ball – we’re a very good team.

“In this league, there’s always another game in a few days. When you win one you go into the next one on a high and then you can go on a run of suddenly winning three games.

“We’re eager to get that first win out of the way – it would obviously be a big relief for all of us. But we’ll crack on, it’s a long season so there will be ups and downs and hopefully we’ve started on a down and it’s only up from here.”

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