Aluko: Convincing Win

Monday 17 October 2016 15:30

Sone Aluko looked back on Saturday’s win at Barnsley with a deserved sense of satisfaction.

The forward scored the second goal as Fulham twice came from behind to triumph at Oakwell, bringing a welcome end to the recent run of games without a victory.

“It was a good result, and a convincing one in the end to be fair,” Aluko stated. “There’s complaints that we don’t score enough goals so to get four is great. They’re like buses, they come all at once!

“I thought the goals we gave away were really sloppy, so at half-time that was the big frustration. We showed character to get back into the game straight away.

“We always looked a threat going forward, it was just a case of keeping it tight at the back and then we knew we’d win the game so, all in all, we’re happy.

“We’ve got a lot of good footballers in our team and the Manager’s got us playing a very good, very attractive way. Everyone’s comfortable on the ball, and when it clicks we go and score four goals.

“Even when we don’t win we still play good football, so that’s never been our problem, it’s been a case of keeping clean sheets and converting chances.”

Slaviša Jokanović reiterated in his pre-match press conference that his side need to improve when not in possession of the ball – a sentiment echoed by Aluko.

“When you play such good football and you’re good with the ball and you have the ball for long periods, you can get a bit sloppy or lose concentration without the ball,” he explained.

“With the ball I don’t think there’s a team that’s outplayed us all season, even Newcastle. Every game we’ve played we’ve always dominated.

“Without the ball, we’re not a top-six team, that’s the difference right now. With the ball we’re as good as anybody, without it there’s a lot for us to work on.”

The Whites will be looking to carry on the feel-good factor when Norwich City head to the Cottage on Tuesday night.

Currently top of the Sky Bet Championship, the Canaries will no doubt represent a stern test, but Aluko is keen for his side to carry on where they left off at Oakwell.

“Our home form is going to be massive,” he said. “It has to be massive in this league if you want challenge at the top, you need to be solid at home.

“They’re a tough team so we need to regroup and get familiar with what they do. With us, we need to stick to our strengths, no matter who we play we’re going to dominate, keep the ball well and be comfortable on the ball.

“It’s the off the ball things that we need to work on, and if we play like we did in the second half on Saturday, we will be able to compete with most teams in this league.”

Tickets for Tuesday's game are available to buy on General Sale priced from £25 for adults and £15 for juniors, with a £5 increase on matchday.

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