TC: Make It Count

Sunday 30 December 2018 18:40

Tom Cairney hopes the manner of Fulham’s win over Huddersfield Town can be a springboard for the remainder of the campaign.

The sides went into the game as the Premier League’s bottom two, and looked set to share the spoils – a point which wouldn’t have been much good for either team.

But Aleksandar Mitrović popped up in the first minute of stoppage time at the end of the game to secure what could prove to be a huge three points for the Whites.

“It’s a massive relief,” Cairney told fulhamfc.com. “I think we had to win that game and the boys, especially second half, were brilliant.

“We were banging on the door for a while and it took until the end of the game to win it, but it’s moments like that which boost your morale and turn seasons around, so hopefully that’ll be the case for us.

“The first half was pretty dead really. We kept our shape for large periods but they probably shaded it.

“But second half we took the game by the scruff of the neck a little bit, played a little bit more football, got a few more men forward.

“The second half was a good one to play in and was a bit more like us last season so long may that continue.”

And of the matchwinner, Cairney said: “He 100 per cent deserved his goal at the end.

“He was ill on Friday as well, he wasn’t even at training, so he did well to stay on for 90 minutes and give everything like he did, so I was delighted for him to hit the back of the net.”

Prior to Mitrović’s heroics, the afternoon threatened to be overshadowed by Aboubakar Kamara’s missed penalty, one he insisted on taking.

But with the win in the bag, Cairney is keen to now move on from the incident.

“It’s a hard situation,” he stated. “We tried to give the ball to Mitro because he’s the penalty taker, the number nine, our top goal scorer. But how far do you go?

“Abou believed he could score which is fair enough but obviously everyone wanted Mitro to take it because he’s the designated taker.

“You all saw it, there’s no hiding place, but it’s just one of those things. Thank God we ended up winning the game so it doesn’t matter anywhere near as much as it could have. We’ll just move on now.”

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