Reed: High Standards

Wednesday 16 October 2019 14:30

Despite acknowledging a solid start to the season, Harrison Reed insists there is “a lot more to come” from Fulham.

The Whites sit just three points off top spot in what has been a competitive start to the Championship season, but Reed believes we should be in an even better position.

“I think if you look at the table and the points we are off the top of the league, it’s a strong start,” he told fulhamfc.com. “But, reflecting over this last couple of weeks, we feel like there’s a few games where we should’ve picked up more points.

“That’s a good thing, to be where we are and thinking we could’ve done better. It shows how high our standards are that as a team we’re not happy with where we are, that we want to push on and be even better.

“It’s a good platform to build on, but I think there’s a lot more to come from us.”

The Fulham faithful have taken quickly to Reed since his deadline day loan from Southampton. A quick look on Twitter and the phrases ‘elite baller’, ‘little rottweiler’, and ‘Fulham’s N’Golo Kante’ all come up when you search his name.

“You see little bits,” he said when asked if he was aware of his fan club. “It’s like anything, you try not to read too much into it, whether it’s negative or positive. You have to keep your feet on the floor and keep working.

“But I do hear things and obviously it’s a real good feeling for me, a confidence booster to see and hear that the work I’m doing on the pitch in front of the fans is leaving them with a good impression.

“I had a three or four game spell in the team and felt like I was settling in well, becoming stronger physically, learning how we play, everything becoming more automatic.

“The last two games I didn’t start but I felt like I had a positive impact when I came on against Charlton. I’ve just got to look to build on that now and hopefully get back in the team.”

Reed is in a unique position in the Fulham side, in that he’s the only man who’s regularly featured who is yet to taste defeat.

His seven appearances have yielded three wins and four draws. But, naturally, he’s keen to tip the scales a bit more in our favour: “I didn’t know that, that’s a good stat!

“Unbeaten, but definitely want to be turning those draws into wins and picking up more points. I want to come off the pitch feeling a lot more upbeat than I have done on a couple of occasions where we’ve conceded late and ended up with a 1-1 draw.

“It’s a good stat but I’d like to be picking up three points more often than not.”

Reed and co are back in action this weekend when we face Stoke City – a side who picked up their first win of the campaign against high-flying Swansea City last time out.

“It’s been a tough season for them,” Reed admitted. “You see a lot in the press about pressure on the manager and the players, but they got a great result against Swansea and that will lift the spirits in the camp.

“But we’re preparing like we would for any game, concentrating on ourselves and making sure when the whistle blows at three o’clock on Saturday that we’re raring to go.”

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