The Orchestrator

Tuesday 15 December 2015 10:00

For obvious reasons, Fulham don’t feature too often on Match of the Day these days. But the BBC’s flagship Saturday night football programme recently flashed up a graphic of the highest goalscorers of 2015 across the top four divisions. At the time of broadcast, Watford’s Odion Ighalo was first with 25, Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane was second with 24 and Fulham’s own Ross McCormack was third on 22, with Blackburn Rovers’ Jordan Rhodes and Cambridge United’s Barry Corr both on 21.

“Aye, that’s not bad, especially as I get a bit of stick saying I should be scoring more goals!” McCormack told the official matchday programme. “It’s nice to look at those things but it’s about how your team are doing and at the moment we’ve not been consistent enough.”

While McCormack and company have been scoring goals for fun this season - the Whites have been conceding them at almost the same rate.

“It’s frustrating for everyone,” said Ross. “But it’s not just the back four and the goalkeepers, it’s the midfielders and strikers as well that sometimes switch off and allow runners to get away. It’s a collective effort.

“We’re a good team to play in because we’re very attacking, but at the same time I’d like to curb that attacking instinct a little bit and get some more clean sheets.”

This summer, the aim within the Fulham ranks was promotion. With a steady income of new players with Championship know-how, the Whites were looking to return to the top tier of English football at the second time of asking. Things haven’t gone to plan so far and with the search for a new Head Coach ongoing, the Whites currently find themselves residing in mid-table. And, while there’s still plenty to play for, McCormack wants Fulham to stop thinking too far ahead.

“That talk about promotion has to stop now,” he said. “Anytime anyone mentions promotion or the Play-Offs we get beat. We need to put that to bed now and take each game as it comes. When we win two games in a row, people think we’re going to win the league. When we lose two in a row, people think we’re going to get relegated. We’d be better off staying level headed and taking it game by game.

“Promotion was the aim at the start of the season but there are 16 or 17 clubs with the same goal and only three can go up. It’s very hard to get out of this league, but we’ll keep fighting.”

To read the full interview with McCormack, pick up a copy of Tuesday’s matchday programme.

Other highlights in the only matchday magazine that matters - which is also available to download digitally from 12pm on Tuesday - are:

  • Senior Coach Stuart Gray looks back on the Brentford game
  • Captain Scott Parker predicts a tricky test against a well-organised Ipswich Town side
  • Ryan Fredericks answers some random questions in the Name Game
  • Darts star Kevin 'The Artist' Painter discusses following Ipswich down the years
  • Paul Moody recalls his eventful spell in SW6
  • Les Strong pens his latest column and we also hear from author and Fulham fan John O'Farrell
  • Plus, we continue to take a walk down memory lane to the 1998/99 promotion-winning season

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