McDonald: Fully Deserved

Wednesday 19 April 2017 11:30

Kevin McDonald took pride in the professional nature of Fulham’s performance on Easter Monday.

The Whites saw off Aston Villa 3-1 at Craven Cottage to make it maximum points from the long weekend, and the anchor man was satisfied with how his team went about it.

“Without being amazing I thought we were really professional,” he told fulhamfc.com. “We didn’t force things, we kept the ball when we needed to, we attacked when we needed to, and I thought it was all in all a good performance.

“To get six points out of our last two games, we’ve done so well and fully deserved the six points. We’ll go again come Saturday in what’s another really tough game, probably one of the toughest to play, but we’re on a really good spell and we’ll be fully confident going into that.”

Whereas Fulham had a man sent off in the first half on Good Friday, it was the other way round three days later when Villa’s Jonathan Kodjia was dismissed.

“I think we realised what a great chance we had when they went down to 10 men,” McDonald stated. “They’re obviously a good team and they’ll be strong next season, but it was such a good chance for us.

“Even 11-v-11 we fancied ourselves massively, but 11-v-10 we fancied ourselves even more. Our heads could have dropped when they equalised but we know what’s on the line and I thought we were really professional.

“We put ourselves under a little bit of pressure when they equalised through a great goal, but we fully deserved the points. I think we’ve shown in our performances recently that we deserve to be where we are.”

Fulham’s top-six quest was aided by Wolverhampton Wanderers’ win at Elland Road. And while McDonald was obviously pleased his former colleagues did his new side a favour, he wasn’t surprised by it.

“I really thought that if anyone was going to do Leeds at home it was going to be Wolves,” he explained. “They’re strong away from home, they showed it here against us, and they’ve obviously done the same again at Leeds. They’ve done us a massive bonus so I gave them a text saying thanks very much!

“There’s so many twists and turns, in this Championship anything can happen, but we’ve put ourselves in there and given ourselves a great chance.

“It might come down to the last game of the season, it might be done before then, but as long as we’re in there that’s all that matters.”

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