Hugo Feeling Confident

Thursday 5 February 2015 12:15
Hugo Rodallega has spoken about his relief in scoring against Sunderland in the FA Cup Fourth Round Replay on Tuesday night, but was frustrated with the final result and says that the team need to put that behind them to ensure they are 100 per cent focused when they take on Birmingham City on Saturday (3pm).

“It was an unlucky game against Sunderland,” Rodallega told “We were winning at the end of the first half and our confidence was really up. Kit told us in the dressing room that we had a really good opportunity.

“But we didn’t keep our concentration,” he stated. “Unfortunately Marcus made a mistake. It’s nothing to worry about, it was his first mistake and everyone makes mistakes – but the game changed. Our mentality went down and we lost focus.”

Despite the loss, Rodallega believes the Whites will go into the home game against Birmingham with confidence – not least, himself.

Whilst the Colombian forward has scored 10 goals already this season, the last time he found the back of the net prior to the Sunderland game was on 13th December 2014 in the 1-0 win against Leeds.

“After about five games where I wasn’t scoring I spoke to Kit and some of the team about it,” said Rodallega. “They tried to keep me motivated. They were telling me not to worry or get frustrated because I had scored nine goals already. They were saying to just keep going, work hard in training and wait and the opportunity would come again. I said back to them, ‘yeah, but I have been waiting for five games!’

“I had a few assists, which is good. But I prefer to score. I definitely felt ‘phew, finally!’ when I scored against Sunderland. All the guys were coming up to me to say congratulations and ‘I told you so!’ Now my mentality is different.”

Rodallega is close to his season’s best goal scoring tally since playing in the UK, when he scored 10 League goals with Wigan in the 2009/10 season, but he is careful not to set himself any targets.

“I am a striker and it’s only normal that a striker is thinking about getting goals… always. It feels really good to be on 9 League goals so far this season and we have 18 more games so I will just try to score a lot more goals. I am not going to say a number, it puts on too much pressure for me. I am just happy if I score goals and if Fulham win.”

He is hoping to bring this momentum into the match against Birmingham City at Craven Cottage on Saturday.

“Birmingham is a great opportunity for us," said Rodallega. "They are a really good team. They have a good combination of experienced and young players. But we have to win. We have to put the focus on ourselves. We need to work together, help each other and then on Saturday we need to be 100 per cent and take our chances when we have them.

“This season has been up and down, up and down, and we really want to keep things level - on an upwards curve of course.”

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