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Damien Duff’s a fairly modest individual. From my vantage point, his equaliser was much more than ‘alright’ but like the pro that Roy Hodgson likes, he values the three points for Fulham ahead of the glory of his own spectacular strike.

The goal was alright but it was more important that the team managed to get back into the game more than myself adding to my goals tally. Whoever scored it was an important goal.

Of course, it is always nice to score and as we know Bobby [Zamora] went on to score the winner which made it a good day for us. They [Birmingham] are a good side and when they go in front like they did against us they usually don’t let that lead slip – so that made the victory very satisfying.

I think the team spirit and desire is there for all to see. hat was the case last Thursday and again on Sunday. The two games were very different; Shakhtar, as everyone will agree, were a fantastic footballing side – one of the best perhaps – and moved the ball around very nicely, whilst the match with Birmingham was more of a physical battle.

Despite the efforts in midweek I thought we looked energetic enough, it has been a tough week for us because not long before that game we also played in the FA Cup. I think we can be very pleased with how we have played.

The Irish winger sounds very excited about how Fulham’s season could pan out.

When I signed I hadn’t thought too much about what could be achieved this season. I just wanted to get back and enjoy my football again. I have to say that I am very pleased with how things are going both for me personally and for the team. Hopefully that will carry on for the rest of the season.

We have an FA Cup Quarter-Final to look forward to, as well as the second leg with Shakhtar this week. That will be another exciting game and it will be an exciting place to go.

But the League is our bread and butter, and it’s important that we keep picking up points. We have a nice amount already, but there is a long way to go. However, we’re certainly not looking downwards, we’re definitely looking up.

And that mere fact is evidence of progress Fulham have made in Hodgson’s action-packed spell at the helm.