Emirates FA Cup progression was a just reward for a fine footballing performance, says Man of the Match Ryan Fredericks.
You could have been forgiven for thinking Fulham were the home side on Sunday, having twice as many efforts on goal as Cardiff City, while enjoying a remarkable 71.2 per cent possession.
“We dominated for 90 minutes, and that’s what we wanted,” Fredericks told fulhamfc.com. “We played pretty much a full strength team, only made three changes, so we’re happy.
“The last 10/15 games now we’ve been playing in a certain way with plenty of ball possession, and it’s paying off. We’re dominating every game we play, and once we become a little bit more clinical in both boxes, we’ll be in a good place.
“We know we’re going to dominate pretty much every time we play and that we’re going to have chances. We had a lot of opportunities on Sunday and should have made the result a bit more convincing than it was.
“We never panic if we go 1-0 down because we know we’re good enough to get goals, as we did in Cardiff.”
The 24-year-old took up a more attacking position than usual, and it paid dividends as he helped to create two goals for his side.
“The Gaffer went with wing-backs, which isn’t too dissimilar to how we play normally,” he explained. “Even when I play right-back we have so much of the ball that I get plenty of chances to go forward.
“He gave me licence just to keep bombing on and told me to get at the full-back every time I got on the ball. That’s what I did, and it paid off.”
Attentions now return to league matters when a Barnsley side two points above the Whites visit Craven Cottage at the weekend.
“It’s back to business now,” Fredericks stated. “The FA Cup game’s over with and we’re looking forward to Barnsley.
“They’re a decent team who are up where we are, so we need to push on and work our way into the Play-Offs, so it’s a big game for us on Saturday.”