Having been on such a good little run, it was disappointing to go away to Norwich and lose on the final day. But they seemed to want it a bit more – they’re in the Play-Offs so they need to keep their form up to maintain momentum. Hopefully some of our players will have looked at them and thought ‘hold on a minute, I want a bit of that next season’ and took inspiration from what they’ve done and will try and produce it for us next year.
We ended the campaign in 17th place, and from the predicament we were in before Kit took over when we had just one point from seven games, we would have taken anything above the bottom three. But on the whole you’ve got to say it’s a disappointing season. Overall, history shows that the first year after getting relegated can be quite difficult. We’re building our Club again, we’re almost building from scratch, but we’ve got a lot of players that are hungry and eager to prove themselves. Obviously we’re disappointed but next season we’re hoping these players, that have now got that experience in the Championship, will step up to the plate.
Looking back at the season just gone, in the first half of the campaign I’d say Lasse Vigen Christensen was our best player – he was excellent before he got injured. But for me, player of the year has got to be between either Ross McCormack or Marcus Bettinelli, and I think you’d have to give it to Ross. He’s scored a lot of goals in a struggling side, he’s always creative, and when Scotty’s not there he’s the captain, so he’s a big character in the dressing room. He’s our best player.
It was a toss-up, though, because Betts has been brilliant. Some people outside of Fulham might wonder how you could consider giving it to the goalkeeper with the number of goals we’ve conceded, but I think he’s had a really, really positive season and I’ve been nothing but impressed with him. He’s made a couple of mistakes that have been highlighted but if you’d have offered Betts over 40 games and survival in this team, he’d have bitten your hand off.
Kit has said that he’s anticipating changes at the Club over the summer, and I think we should be excited about that. Looking at statistics and stuff like that, to get out of this league you need players that have Championship experience. It’s a tough league, and normally the teams that do have that are the teams that get promoted. If we can get that experience in the core of the side, to get in there with these fantastic young players that the Academy has produced, then we stand a great chance of doing very well next season.
The season might be over but I’m pulling my boots on this month for the annual All Stars game. I’m really looking forward to it, it’s always good to catch up with the old lads. The most important thing is to win, I don’t care what anyone says. We’ve won every year so I’d never go into it to lose. Na, I’m only joking, the main thing is to progress with the Shooting Star Chase charity, and the Foundation. Every year it’s got bigger and bigger, it’s a good atmosphere and a good laugh, and the sun’s usually out, touch wood. It’s for a great cause and we’ve got a lot of players who have represented Fulham over the years who are going to come down and play, so it should be an all-round good day. It’s all about the cause, though, and we’re trying to raise as much money as possible.
After that I’m just like any other fan really over the summer, looking to see who we’re bringing in, who’s going out, the excitement, the build-up, waiting for the fixture list. I’m looking forward to all of the above and hopefully progressing next year.
Looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the Cottage on Saturday 23rd May!