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Clint Dempsey was delighted to be able to help Fulham to a much-needed victory over Wigan Athletic this afternoon.

Fulham were on the back foot for much of the encounter, but Dempsey’s opening goal just before the break gave them the cushion of a lead to cling to. The midfielder’s close range strike drew him level with legendary former Fulham striker Brian McBride on 36 Premier League goals – the joint-highest for an American – although Dempsey felt the three points were far more important.

I’m happy we got the points today and I’m sure people back home in the States like to see me doing well.

The good thing is that after losing at home against Everton we’ve bounced back with a win away today. Now hopefully we can push on.

The funny thing is we’ve played some good football in the last few weeks and not got the results, whereas today we may not have played our best but we got the points. It’s crazy how it works sometimes.

Hopefully we can take some confidence from grinding out a result today and keeping a clean sheet. Now we’ve got to push on.