Matt Targett was delighted that Fulham managed to capitalise on slip-ups from Cardiff City and Aston Villa with a narrow win at Sheffield Wednesday yesterday afternoon.
The Southampton loanee admitted that there was a good deal of extra pressure on Slavisa Jokanovic’s side after second-placed Cardiff had been beaten by Wolves in a frenetic ending to the top-two clash in Wales on Friday night, but Fulham successfully cut the deficit to Neil Warnock’s side to just two points thanks Aleksandar Mitrovic’s winning goal twelve minutes from time. Targett told BBC London after the final whistle at Hillsborough:
Obviously, with Cardiff losing last night and Villa losing in the early game, it was massive for us. It was a lot of pressure – every man was outstanding, but we’re on a nineteen game unbeaten run so everyone is playing with confidence and its nice to see.
The 22 year-old hailed Fulham’s patience as the visitors kept probing in front of a disciplined Sheffield Wednesday defence, even though the breakthrough looked unlikely at times.
The pitch is a big pitch. We kept playing our game, moving the ball around – we knew they would tire at the end. I think we’re one of the top sides [in the league this season] at scoring in the last fifteen minutes, so it is no coincidence that we’ve scored late. We keep doing what we’ve been doing, we don’t change our style and we got the late goal.
The attacking left back was involved in the match’s decisive moment, getting forward to slip a ball behind the Wednesday backline for Ryan Sessegnon to sprint onto and Mitrovic put away the low cross with little fuss.
My job is to feed Sess and his job is to put it in for Mitro – and his job is to score. It’s as simple as that! Obviously, if Sess keeps making the runs it is my job to find him and thankfully I’ve been doing that.
Targett emphasised that there is a real belief within the Fulham squad that Jokanovic’s side can win promotion after going so close last year.
I’m very confident. We’ve got five games left, we’ve got to do the business our end, but we have got some top, top players. For me, they are Premier League standard.
Fulham face two big home games against Reading and Brentford over the next week that could do much to shape their destiny and Targett is hoping that the home comforts of Craven Cottage could come in handy.
We’ve been good at the Cottage. We play with lots of confidence at the Cottage in front of our fans, so hopefully we can get six more points on the board.