Oh I was buzzing, absolutely buzzing. It’s no secret that I didn’t want to leave when we got relegated, so I’ve kept a close eye on things and came down to the Cottage a lot when they were in the Championship. Fulham were easily the best team in the division for the last two years. You might say it’s been a blessing that it’s taken this long to get back because sometimes you need to get that experience with the lads gelling together, but now they’re back in the big time it’s brilliant. It was nice to be asked to do the message for the lads ahead of the Play-Off Final. I’ve followed them, and now they’re back I’ll be following them even more, and hoping to get down there to watch some games.
I’ve seen all of the games; I saw Palace at the beginning of the season and Burnley on Sunday, and I did the Spurs one for TV. I’ve kept tabs on it all, and it’s exciting. It was obviously important that the lads got the win last week, because going into a new campaign you want to get those first three points under your belt as soon as possible. That was brilliant, and hopefully there’s many more to come – after the weekend!
I knew you were going to ask that question! I have to sit on the fence, surely?! Listen, I’ve got massive respect for both football clubs, and the main thing for me is that both of them stay up. I’m actually doing the game this weekend for BT Sport, so I’ll be watching it closely. Hopefully there will be plenty of goals, and it finishes in a draw!
I think it’s going to be very similar to how it was when we played each other in the Championship that year. To be honest with you, those two games you absolutely battered us twice. How we won those games… The lads still talk about it even now. It was ridiculous. Especially the game at the Amex, first half Brighton could have been 5-0 down. So I see goals on Saturday, obviously with the way Fulham play. We’ll obviously try and be strong at home and try and come out on the front foot, so all the ingredients are there for plenty of goals, and hopefully it will be an entertaining match.