Clint Dempsey is determined to build on his double against Wigan when he leads Fulham’s attack again against Aston Villa tomorrow.

With Bobby Zamora sidelined by a knee problem and Andy Johnson only just coming back from his serious knee injury, the pressure has been on Dempsey up front.

The striker responded to the challenge last Saturday with both goals as Fulham claimed their first win in seven.

He said: “Bobby has definitely been missed as he was on top form so everyone has been trying to chip in as much as we can.

“Any time you can score it helps your confidence and that was the case for me against Wigan last week. We were down towards the bottom before the game and didn’t feel we deserved to be there. Now we can look up the table again.”