Fulham Under-21s got back to winning ways on Friday evening with a 2-1 win over Norwich City in the Barclays U21 Premier League.
Ange-Freddy Plumain proved to be the matchwinner on the night with two cool finishes, and the Frenchman says it was a big result for the Whites.
Speaking to fulhamfc.com, he said: “Mentally it was strong for us because Norwich got back into the game after we conceded a silly goal, so we had to be strong mentally and see the game out. It was a team effort and a good victory.”
Playing in the forward role that he’s occupied on several occasions this season, the 20-year-old was pleased with his goals and says playing at Craven Cottage was a motivation for the team.
“The two goals give me a lot of confidence but there was a chance before the two goals which I could have scored,” he stated. “I don’t care what position I play in, wide, on the left, the main thing is the team won.
“We must play the same in two weeks against Liverpool and win. Craven Cottage is nice, the pitch is good and we can play good football. It’s a motivation because you play on the pitch of the First Team.”
It was also a big night for right-back Ryheem Sheckleford who was making his first start for the Under-21s, impressing throughout, and the 17-year-old was delighted to make his debut at the Cottage.
“I’ve had a few training sessions here and there but this was my first start,” he said. “It was good to make my debut at the Cottage, our home ground. I had family here to come and watch, so it’s pleasing.”
Making the step up from the U18s, Ryheem noticed some differences between the two levels but has his sights on making more regular appearances for the older age group before the 2014/15 campaign is out.
“The tempo of the game is higher and it’s a lot more physical and intense too,” he explained. “My aim is to nail down a starting place in the U21s, play regularly even if it’s not starting, and being more involved in the squad.”