Dembélé: Stay Focused

Monday 7 March 2016 11:45

Moussa Dembélé insists Fulham will not fear top-of-the-table Burnley when the Clarets arrive at the Cottage on Tuesday night (7.45pm).

The Lancashire side are unbeaten in the Sky Bet Championship in 2016 and sit a point clear at the top of the table.

But, after hitting his 13th goal of the season in Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Reading, Dembélé is ready to kick-start an important week for the Whites in style.

“We have to approach it as a normal game,” he said. “They may be top but we need to stay focused and try and do our best. If we play like we’re capable of, we can definitely win this game.”

Dembélé put Fulham in front at Madejski Stadium at the weekend, but the Whites conceded two preventable goals to fall behind. A Ross McCormack penalty in the second half saw the visitors return to SW6 with a point.

“I saw the corner going to the far post so I put myself in the centre of the goal as I knew the ball would come back,” said Dembélé of his opener. “But then we gave two silly goals away.

“We made a mistake, which is part of football, but we had to keep our head up and get on with the game. The boss said at half-time that we’d started the game well but we’d lost our momentum. He said he wanted to see more desire and I think he got that. We got a spot-kick and Ross is so cool when he takes a penalty so it was never in doubt that he would score.

“Where we are in the league, you take any point. We all wanted to win but it didn’t come so we take a draw and move on to Burnley.

“We then face Bristol City and that’s a must-win game. They’re having a good run so we’ll have to work hard and really push ourselves.”

Tickets for Tuesday's meeting with Burnley are still available to buy, priced from just £20 for adults and £10 for juniors. Furthermore, Season Ticket Holders can purchase two additional tickets for just £10 (£5 each). 

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