Ryan Tunnicliffe is eager to sign off in style and ‘give the fans a performance they deserve’ when the curtain comes down on 2015/16 this Saturday (12.30pm).
An underwhelming campaign sees Fulham sitting just one place above the relegation spots ahead of our meeting with bottom-of-the-table Bolton Wanderers, and Tunnicliffe is keen to at least end on a positive note.
Speaking to the official website, he stated: “It’s been a difficult season but we put the run of results together to get ourselves safe and hopefully we can finish on a high on Saturday and get a good win behind us.
“It’s an early kick-off and it should be nice weather so hopefully we can get a big crowd and give them something to shout about, and hopefully give ourselves a bit of momentum going into next year.”
The Whites go into the season finale on the back of a 3-0 defeat at local rivals Brentford, a result that Tunnicliffe made no excuses for.
“Our first-half performance wasn’t good enough, by any stretch of the imagination, and we all know that,” he admitted. “I think in the second half we did a lot better but when it’s 3-0 at half-time it’s always a mountain to climb.
“It wasn’t what the fans deserved because they travelled in good numbers and were loud, so that’s on us.
“We’ve played well in patches [this season] but I think up until the run that got us safe, consistency’s been difficult for us, for one reason or another.
“The pressure’s off us a bit now, we don’t have to worry about going down, so we can come out and play with a bit of freedom and give the fans a performance they deserve.”
A terrible campaign for Bolton on and off the pitch will see them finish 24th in the Sky Bet Championship, but Tunnicliffe pointed to form which has seen them take four points from their last three games as to why nothing should be taken for granted on Saturday.
“I think it’s about pride for them now,” he said. “Obviously they got relegated a few weeks back but if you look at their recent results, they beat Hull so they’ve not just thrown the towel in and we know it’s going to be a difficult game.
“But it’s the same for us, we’ve got pride at stake, we don’t want to get beat again, so we’ll all be trying our hardest and we’ll be going for the win.”
Tickets for Saturday's game are still available to buy, with junior fans able to attend for just £1 in all areas of the ground, and adult prices starting from £25. Tickets can also be bought on the gate: adult prices increase to from £30, but our Kids for a Quid offer remains available!