Gray's Reaction

Tuesday 29 December 2015 22:30

Stuart Gray was delighted with the quality of Fulham’s attacking play as they claimed a 4-1 win over Rotherham United on Tuesday evening.

It was a fairly even game in terms of chances created, but the Whites were clinical in front of goal, with Cauley Woodrow (2), Alexander Kačaniklić and Ross McCormack all on target.

“As a coach you get satisfaction out of the performance, and the players did everything we asked of them; play quickly, play forward,” Gray said. “And the goals we scored were fantastic but, again, our Achilles heel is we’ve conceded again from a set-play.

“We performed a little bit like that at Bolton and in spells at Derby, so to do it for a longer period of the game is quite rewarding.

“Credit to the boys for the way they converted their chances. Ross McCormack finished well, the boy Kača has probably had several chances – three at Bolton, two at Derby – and he’s got his reward today because he kept getting into the areas, and as for Woodrow who’s come in, he got two great goals.

“I think our problem in the past is getting the first goal. When we do that you can see the quality, the confidence. It was the quality of the play as well – our crisp passing, the timing of our runs, and the finishing was excellent as well.”

Moussa Dembélé was ruled out of the game with a slight hamstring problem, and Gray was pleased to see Woodrow come in and seize his opportunity with both hands. 

“One man’s loss is another man’s gain, and Cauley Woodrow’s come in and given an excellent performance with two great goals,” he said. “He’s had to be patient and he’s done fantastically well tonight.”

The win represented a first in 10, but Gray believes Tuesday’s victory was long overdue.

“You can lack in confidence but I never doubted these players after what I’ve seen in training,” he stressed. “We know we’ve got goals in us, we’ve now got to start getting clean sheets and if we do that we’ll rocket up this league.

“We’ve got a difficult game on Saturday against Sheffield Wednesday who are going well, but I’ve got every confidence we’ll get a good result.

“The pleasing thing is the better feeling in the dressing room with that win. It has been a long time coming, I said that to the players, that it’s a better feeling that we need on a more regular basis.”

New Head Coach Slaviša Jokanović watched from the stands as Gray took charge of the team for the final time, and he expects the two of them to share plenty of expertise as Jokanović looks to take the Club forward.

“I’m looking forward to it,” he said. “I’m sure I’ll learn off him and hopefully he might learn off me. He got Watford promoted, he knows about the Championship and obviously I’ll pass on my knowledge and experience of the Championship as well.

“I’ve only met him briefly. He met the players an hour before kick-off, he came and introduced himself. I had probably about two minutes with him, and we’ll sit down tomorrow and have a chat as well.”

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