Fulham forward Clint Dempsey is pleased that he has made double figures for goals for the first time in his career at the Cottagers.

The American international scored a vital header at Aston Villa on Saturday to make the game 2-2, despite having a relatively quiet game throughout.

Dempsey joined Fulham in 2007 from New England Revolution, but has never managed to reach more than nine goals for the club.

However, now that he had overtaken that margin, he was eager to continue scoring and see how many he could get this season.

“I always wanted to get to double digits, I came close a few times getting nine, but it feels good and hopefully I’ll push on from here,” he said.

“We’ve got some more games left so I’ll just see how many I can get.

“I didn’t get on the ball as much as I’d have liked and ended up playing a bit more defensive than I’d have liked. But sometimes you’ve got to grind out results and we’ve got a good point, especially coming from behind.”

The 27-year-old paid tribute to the team for their fightback, and that the competition for places now at Craven Cottage was making the players work harder and maintain a high standard.

“We’re on a good run of form so we’ll keep it going right now, we’re almost mid-table and looking to push on from there.

“There’s more competition for spots and I think we can finish the season strongly.

“When you’re down at the bottom it’s definitely difficult, but we’ve got ourselves out of that position and now we’re trying to move up.”