Moussa Hails Strike Partner

Wednesday 6 April 2016 09:28

Fulham’s matchwinner at Deepdale praised his partnership with Ross McCormack, after the pair’s goals helped secure a consecutive 2-1 win.

After his heroics against Milton Keynes Dons, Moussa Dembélé had the final say again three days later as he pounced to secure a smash-and-grab victory at in-form Preston North End.

The pair have now scored a combined 39 goals in 2015/16, and Dembélé was full of praise for their on-the-field relationship.  

“Ross is a good player,” he said. “He understands my position well and when I make a run he knows where I’m going and gives me the ball.

“It’s the same for me; when I see his run I try to put the ball in the best position to score. We have a good partnership and hopefully we’ll keep doing well for the team.

“As a striker my first job is to score. I’m a goalscorer, I like to score, and I’ve managed to do that when I’ve had the chance. It’s all for the team and all for the Club.”

Fulham more than matched their mid-table opponents in the first half, and nobody could say they didn’t deserve their lead that McCormack had given them early on.

But Preston were the dominant force in the second half, deservedly equalising through Marnick Vermijl before Dembélé’s suckerpunch.

“It was a hard match,” the 19-year-old admitted. “Preston is a tough team to play and they were at home so it was even harder, but we showed some resilience and managed to score two goals away from home which won the game, so we’re happy.

“It was an important win for us. We won Saturday and again at Preston which were two massive games for us, and now we go onto the next one on Saturday.”

Victory against Cardiff City at the Cottage at the weekend would likely put even more daylight between Fulham and the bottom three.

That gap currently stands at seven points, and when asked if he thinks the Club are probably safe now, Dembélé replied: “I’ve always been confident of this.

“When I’m in training and when I’m in games I can see the quality of the team, there’s no doubt about and I’m 100 per cent sure we’ll stay in the league.

“As I said last week, every game is a final for us. We have to go out on Saturday and show everybody what we can do. We must fight 100 per cent for the Club, and I think that’s what will happen Saturday.”

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