It’s a measure of the confidence he has in Martin Jol’s evolving Fulham side that Bryan Ruiz believed they could still beat Arsenal on Monday night despite trailing to a first-half goal from Laurent Koscielny.
The Costa Rican winger had another impressive game against the Gunners as he continues a strong spell in the Fulham midfield – and was delighted with Fulham’s second half comeback.
It was a really nice game to be involved in and I really enjoyed it. We knew we could turn it around against Arsenal because we were playing well, especially in the second half.
We were keeping possession and creating chances and I knew if we scored then we could go on to win the match. When we won that match at the end it was great and I could tell how happy the supporters were. We all enjoyed the result.
Ruiz admits that the frenetic festive schedule has taken some getting used to.
To be honest I’ve never played two matches in the space of three days. It’s hard because we’re playing at a very high level and all the teams are fighting very hard. We had one day’s rest between Norwich and Arsenal but I can get used to that.
He does feel that he’s beginning to develop an understanding with Fulham team-mates after an extended spell in the first-team.
I think we’re really getting to know each other on the field of play. When we play offensively I think we combine really well and defensively we’re doing well. We have some very creative players and that’s great for the Team and I’m really enjoying it here at Fulham.
Ruiz is also hoping to get his first taste of FA Cup action when Charlton Athletic visit the Cottage for the third round on Saturday.
I’ve always known about the two Cup competitions that are played in England. I’ve heard about Charlton as a former Premier League team and we’re expecting a tough game against them on Saturday.