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Aleksandar Mitrovic toasted Fulham’s winning mentality after his late header secured a precious three points against Sunderland last night and the Serbian striker believes the Whites can claim the second automatic promotion place after climbing above Cardiff City in the see-saw race for the Premier League.

The on-loan Newcastle striker’s decisive header was his twelve goal of a fruitful loan spell at Craven Cottage – and his impact since arriving in west London back in January has been massive. Mitrovic hasn’t lost a game in a Fulham shirt and has helped the club string together a 23 match unbeaten run that has seen the Londoners reel in Cardiff having languished well behind Neil Warnock’s men at the turn of the year.

Mitrovic told the press following his crucial winner:

I haven’t lost and I hope I won’t. Hopefully we only have one game left and we win that as well. This team have a winning mentality, to not lose 23 games in a row you have to show character, mentality, a good relation between the players on and off the pitch.

The 23 year-old was quick to pay tribute to both his team-mates and head coach Slavisa Jokanovic for offering him so many scoring opportunities with Fulham’s fluid style of football.

Yeah, I score goals but the team is doing well so it’s much easier for me when they create chances and play for me. When they get close to the goal every player looking for me. That’s our style, our tactic: to try to find me. Any striker would enjoy playing in that system. In this style as a striker I know I will get one or two chances but I don’t think much about other things. When my chance came I was ready.

Mitrovic gave his strongest hint yet that he would very happy to make his Fulham move permanent come the summer:

We’ll see what happens. I’m really happy, thankful to the fans, the staff, the players. Since the beginning I’ve really enjoyed it here. I don’t know to thank them for all the kind words that I get, all the support from the fans, staff and every person who works in the club. We deserve to be in the top two but we will see what happens.