Malone: Keep It Going

Friday 26 August 2016 10:15

Seven games unbeaten and 11 Championship points are Scott Malone’s targets going into the international break.

A win over Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park on Saturday would see that come to fruition, but the left-back is taking nothing for granted, despite our opponents’ struggles this season.

“Everyone in this league has got quality,” he stated. “It’s away from home as well and anything can happen when you’re away in the Championship.

“We’ve just got to be compact and solid, like we always are, and try and use our quality up front and in midfield to win the game.

“It would be good to end the month with a win. If we get three points on Saturday and are undefeated in seven going into the international break, that’s 11 points out of 15.

“That’s a good return and I think if someone had said that to us at the start of the season that we’d be undefeated with 11 points going into the break, then you’d have snapped their hands off.”

Malone is in good form going into the Blackburn fixture, having created both goals in the EFL Cup win over Middlesbrough.

His performance at Craven Cottage saw him named Man of the Match by the Fulham fans, news that went down well with the 25-year-old.

“It’s my first one so it’s pleasing,” he said. “It was a cup game but I said in the programme for that match that there’s competition for places now.

“If you don’t perform when you get the shirt then you can’t expect to play. So it’s pleasing to get Man of the Match.”

After his shot was diverted in by Boro’s Julien de Sart, Malone delivered a fine cross in extra-time for the winning goal, and he revealed that some advice from Richard Stearman played a big part in the assist.

“First half I tried to dink one back post that went over everyone,” he explained. “Stears said at half-time, ‘look, hard and low gets you goals,’ and as soon as it came to me I just thought of Stears and put it across, and luckily this one found the target.

“For the first goal, I didn’t expect it to come to me to be honest, I thought Tunners was going to hit it. It wasn’t as in front of me as I would have liked but I saw the defender coming across and knew I had to hit it.

“I think it hit him twice, hit the floor, gone over the ‘keeper, but it went in and that was the main thing. I did try to claim it but we won the game and that’s all that matters.”

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