On the back of Fulham securing a Play-Off spot, bar a 13-goal swing from Leeds United on the final day of the season, Ryan Fredericks says the journey is only just beginning for Fulham.
The Whites drew 1-1 in the West London derby with Brentford but a 3-3 draw between Leeds and Norwich was enough to trigger wild celebrations at the Cottage after the final whistle.
“The lads are buzzing, we have worked so hard for this,” Fredericks told the Club’s official website.
“I think six or seven games ago we were 11 points behind Leeds so we’ve been on an unbelievable run to make up the points.
“We will be going into the Play-Offs with confidence but we know the job is not done.
“Our goal is not to get into the top six, our goal is to get promoted so this is just the first step and the real fight starts now.”
The circumstances surrounding the game and all the permutations going into it meant this was one of the most eagerly anticipated West London derbies in years but Fredericks insists the squad were kept grounded.
“It was no different to any other game, there was no talk of “We need to win this to make the Play-Offs”, we just approached it like any other normal game,” he said.
“We are confident we can beat anyone and we approached it exactly the same way, we trained hard all week and focussed on winning today.
“I know we didn’t win but we are where we are and we are all happy.”
With the significance of the result at Elland Road it was important for the players to stay focussed on the task at hand as the Whites only had to equal or better Leeds’s result but some information was coming through to the Fulham players.
“Someone came in at half-time and said Leeds were losing 3-1 and then I heard one of the fans shout: ‘Get a move on its 3-3 now!’.
“As a player we can’t really focus too much on that, we play attacking football anyway no matter what the score is or what other scores around us are looking like,” said Fredericks.
The result at Hillsborough next Sunday cannot alter Fulham’s league position but Fredericks insists the team are still eager to get the win.
“We are going to approach the Sheffield Wednesday game the exact same way, we want to hit good form and build up some steam for the Play-Offs.
“We aren’t going to relax all week, we are going to train hard and stay focussed on winning the game on Saturday but it will be nice knowing that no matter what, we are in the Play-Offs.”
There was also a special mention to the Fulham faithful after the game as the right-back recognised the huge effort that was put in by the home crowd.
“The atmosphere was the best I’ve heard it, there couldn’t have been a better scenario, for us to play our local rivals in a game to make the Play-Offs, I wouldn’t have expected any less from these fans.”