McDonald: Incredible Application

Sunday 25 February 2018 13:30

Kevin McDonald feels the calibre of opposition that was put to the sword on Saturday demonstrates just how far Fulham have come in the last few months.

Wolverhampton Wanderers had lost just four times all season prior to their 2-0 defeat at Craven Cottage, and McDonald was proud with the manner in which his side got one over on his former employers.

“Under the lights at the Cottage, it was a really good performance, a great win that was thoroughly deserved,” he told fulhamfc.com.

““They got going a bit at the start of the second half, but they needed to, they’re top of the league, they couldn’t afford to come here and lose, but I thought we did really well from start to finish.

“We applied ourselves incredibly, and it shows that we’re on a great run. They’re the best team in the league.

“They’re at the top, they deserve to be there as they’ve done fantastic throughout the whole season, so total respect to them but that shows you how far we’ve come.

“We’ve put in a great performance, at times played them off the park, they didn’t know what to do, and all in all it’s a great three points.”

Fulham led at half-time through Ryan Sessegnon’s 13th goal of the season, and effectively put the match to bed with Aleksandar Mitrović’s superb strike on 71 minutes.

“They’ve got good players, good attacking players,” McDonald admitted. “Their counter attack was unstoppable at times really.

“They got in a few times and it was really hard to deal with, so we coped with it well I thought and it could have gone either way, but we got the goal at the right time. I felt we were well worthy winners, and I’m sure they’d say the same.

“I thought Mitro was really good. He bullied their defence, he brought us up the pitch plenty of times.

“It’s a different option for us and he deserved that goal. Fair play to him, it topped off a good performance from him.”

Everyone to a man performed their duties impeccably on Saturday evening, with McDonald acknowledging that a monumental effort was required to defeat such an established outfit.

“I was in front of the back four as always and it was a tough game,” he stated. “I had a bit of an injury at the start, I was hopeful I’d get through it, and the adrenaline and the fans kept me going.

“Last 10 minutes I blew up, I was so tired at the end that I think I gave the ball away more in the last 10 minutes than I did the whole game! It was one of them, but I was happy to get through the game, and to get three points for the team is huge.”

The run of fixtures against promotion rivals continues next weekend with an intriguing test at Pride Park, but McDonald is in a positive mood courtesy of our 12 match unbeaten run.

“Wolves is a massive three points for us, the run keeps going as we head into Derby next week, which we know is another massive game,” he said.

“Wolves was a so-called ‘free game’ because a lot of people don’t expect you to beat a team of that quality, and we did. We went into it quietly confident, we knew we had the players in our squad to beat Wolves.

“It was such a good game, and now we go into Derby which is an even better game, one of the sides we’re really up against in the fight for second spot.

“It’s always a tough one at Derby, they always put us under pressure, but we’ve got to go there full of confidence like we did against Wolves, and hopefully get another three points.”

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