As delighted as he was with Saturday’s win at Queens Park Rangers, Ryan Fredericks knows Fulham must now quickly switch attentions to Tuesday’s trip to Blackburn Rovers.
The Whites turned in an emphatic display to run out 3-1 winners at Loftus Road and Fredericks is eyeing a repeat performance against a Rovers side one place and one point below Fulham in the table.
“It was terrific on Saturday,” he told the official website. “It was a massive game, the fans got behind us and it was a match we had to win.
“Hopefully that will give us a kick up the backside and get us into gear. We know we can play, we’ve done that twice against them now, but it’s up to us to pull that out every week.
“As soon as we got back in the changing room, no-one was celebrating wildly. We just said, ‘that’s how we’ve got to play every week.’ We’ve got a big game on Tuesday, another must-win match and we want to continue picking up points and moving up the table.”
Fredericks was recalled to Fulham’s starting XI at Rangers as Slaviša Jokanović sprung a tactical surprise with a 3-5-2 formation. Named at right wing-back, Fredericks caused former Fulham man Paul Konchesky plenty of problems.
“We went 3-5-2 just so we could have the extra man in midfield, hit them on the counter and get a bit more balance,” said Fredericks. “We created a lot of chances through the middle and out wide. It gives the opposition something to think about as well as we’re not just playing straight through the middle for 90 minutes.
“In attack, we were ruthless. The goals seemed like our first big chances but we’ve got the boys up top who can do that. That final pass is probably what we’ve been missing these last few weeks when the games have been tight. But we know we’ve got quality up front and if we get chances we’ll put them away.
“I tired a bit towards the end as you’re going to do; I hadn’t played for four weeks or so. But I’ve been trying to keep fit in training and doing extra work and overall I was happy with my display.”
Whilst Fulham’s attackers took the plaudits as they overwhelmed Rangers, the Whites’ defence and Andrew Lonergan also played a key role. The three centre-backs, including debutant Michael Madl, all impressed, while Lonergan made two fine saves late on, before eventually being beaten in injury time.
“Madl was class,” added Fredericks. “He was always talking, always in my ear, like he’d been in the team for months.
“Lonners made some good saves. I think we switched off at the end for their goal and luckily it wasn’t costly… that’s something we have to cut out of our game, it’s happened a few times and that’s one of the reasons we’re down where we are. But on the whole, we have to be happy with that performance.”