Lasse Vigen Christensen was delighted to make his return to first team action for Fulham on Saturday – and hopes to build on the lively substitute appearance that helped Slavisa Jokanovic’s side secure a third successive win over Cardiff City.

The Danish under-21 international has been missing since February after limping off during the early stages of Fulham’s memorable victory at Queens Park Rangers with a hamstring strain and Christensen was conscious of not rushing back too quickly. He was introduced as a second half replacement for Ryan Tunnicliffe and helped create the winning goal for birthday Emerson Hyndman in stoppage time.

It feels great to be back. Every time you get a setback like that you’re waiting for the moment when you can return. This time it’s taken quite a while, but I think I waited the right length of time.

I’m hopefully getting to a new place now physically where I can stay injury free, because that’s the thing I need to do, to get back to consistently playing and consistently playing well. I need a little bit more time without injuries and those stop-start periods, which it’s been for nearly 18 months now.

So, for me, it was really positive to come back in and feel like I can make a difference and help the team on my first game back. I’m just crossing my fingers that it will keep going like this.

He was typically modest about his part in Hyndman’s winner – which was certainly not to be sniffed at.

It came out from a corner and Rohan [Ince] collected it. I had someone on me and I kind of just committed him a bit with the touch, and he did well not to give away a penalty, but it nearly went out so I thought I’ll get it back into play.

Next thing I knew I was in the boards and when I looked up I saw it was in the goal. It all happened very quickly but it was a great feeling for all the lads.

It feels great to get a late winner like that. It’s a game that could have really gone either way, so it’s really nice that for once it was us who got that chance and put it away.

I thought Cardiff pinned us in quite well in the first half. We didn’t really get out and didn’t really start playing and have the good spells that we normally have. Second half it opened up a little bit and we started passing a bit more and were more positive.

Especially with Ryan [Fredericks] on, it gave us a different outlet in behind and we made good use of that to get up the pitch and win some corners and pin them in a little bit. It was really good, a few results went our way as well, and it was just a really, really good time for Emerson to pop up and get his first goal on his birthday.


Scott Parker was delighted to score a crucial equaliser in Saturday’s vital victory over Cardiff City – but the Fulham captain was even more pleased that his side came from behind to beat the promotion contenders and move ten points clear of the Championship relegation zone.

The Fulham skipper struck a superb leveller just seconds into the second half that gave his side real momentum after a lacklustre first half performance. Parker admits that Fulham have been performing well below par in recent months but feels the three important victories over the past week have shown just what Slavisa Jokanovic’s side are capable of.

The 35 year-old says the dressing room, just like the famous old ground, was buzzing after Emerson Hyndman’s injury time winner.

There was an amazing atmosphere in the dressing room afterwards. We couldn’t have had a better week, nine points out of three games, maximum points, so we’re absolutely delighted. After a tricky first half where they really dominated and put us under a lot of pressure, to come out second half and do what we did was really pleasing.

I think we all knew at half-time that the intensity wasn’t there. We were playing a bit too deep and giving them too much time, so we decided to step up the field a bit more, 15 yards or so, make the pitch a bit smaller, and it worked well for us.

Everyone involved in the club, it’s for them really; fans, staff. We’ve obviously been in a bit of a mess over the last few months and that’s our responsibility as players. It’s not finished obviously but now, after the last week, everyone can take a little bit of a sigh.

The former West Ham and Tottenham midfielder took special pleasure in a rare goal that came from a move he started by winning an important header in central midfield.

I made a run and Moussa’s put a lovely ball in for me. I just watched it onto my foot and I couldn’t have hit it any better. As soon as it left my foot it was one of those that you knew was going in, so I was really pleased, really buzzing. They don’t come around often so I’ve got to savour those moments, especially at my age!

He was full of praise for the younger members of Fulham’s midfield, especially birthday boy Hyndman and the returning Lasse Vigen Christensen, who made a telling impact as a second half substitute.

Emmo played really well I thought. Everyone to a man played well. People like Lasse coming on with legs, he always looks a threat and obviously he did very well getting to the byline and pulling it back, and it was a lovely finish from Emmo.

Where we were just over a week ago going into the MK Dons game, it was tough for all of us. I think we’ve all realised what we’re capable of now, everyone to a man should realise that, and hopefully we can take good heart and good steps from this.

We can’t live on this, obviously. We’ll enjoy the moment but we’ve got another game coming up against Brighton so we’ll look to go again. We’re four unbeaten now so we’re going there in good form and hopefully we’ll get a good result.


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