Neeskens Kebano was delighted to grab another goal as Fulham brushed aside in-form Preston North End yesterday afternoon – but knows that the Whites will need a largely flawless end to the season in order to force their way into the Championship play-offs picture.
Kebano fired home his fourth goal in five league appearances to clinch the points against Preston, slotting home from an acute angle after timing his run perfectly to reach Sone Aluko’s through pass, and he also produced another clever run to draw defenders away from Chris Martin before the Scottish international scored his goal. The Congolese winger’s incessant workrate ensured he was a livewire throughout the contest – and Kebano’s insatiable appetite for success appears to know no bounds. He told the club’s after the final whistle official website:
We deserved the win and now we keep on going to try and reach our goals. We want to reach the play-offs so we have to get the best results.
We knew that it would be a tough game. Preston are only two places below us and we knew it wouldn’t be easy. So we were serious about it and we played well, so I think we deserved it.
The former Genk winger admitted that Preston’s goal acted as a wake-up call that galvanised Fulham to produce a more focused final twenty minutes and he was delighted to get his name on the scoresheet once again.
We knew in that moment that it was not over and that we had to concentrate until the end. But we knew that if we did that we would win the game.
I was very, very happy to score again, and I hope that I keep on going like that. I did maybe two or three celebrations because I didn’t really know what to do! I think you could see how happy I was.
Kebano, 24, admitted that the next few games – starting with Leeds on Tuesday and leaders Newcastle this weekend – could be vital in shaping what the final table looks like.
All the upcoming games, all the games that are in front of us, are so important. We just have to win and get the maximum amount of points we can, and then we will see if we’ve got our ticket for the play-offs.