Moussa Dembele was delighted to score his first Fulham goal since October in yesterday’s win over Sunderland and believes that reaching the fifty point mark shows the club are making consistent progress.

The Belgian midfielder put Fulham back in front with a deflected effort shortly after Phil Bardsley’s stunning strike had drawn Martin O’Neill’s side level in the first half at Craven Cottage. It was his second goal of the season and the 24 year-old has already spoken at length about his desire to score more goals. Such are the high standards that former AC Alkmaar man sets himself that Dembele feels he should have added to his goal against the Black Cats during a typically mesmerising display:

Of course I’m delighted to get on the scoresheet but I think we should have won by more goals. I could have scored two more so it would have been nice if those had gone in but we’re happy overall.

Dembele feels that both the victory over Sunderland, which came after Fulham survived a concerted spell of pressure from their visitors late in the second half, and the fact that the three points takes Martin Jol’s side past the points tally that Mark Hughes amassed last season are very significant.

It was an important game against a team who played with confidence and who have very good players so we are very happy. We know that at home we are a very strong side and we managed to get the win which is very good.

It’s good that we have beaten last season’s points total because it is important that we keep improving as a team. We’ve played some really good stuff this season and we’re happy that we’re now on more than 50 points which is a great achievement.

It is a barometer of the current confident amongst the squad that Dembele feels Fulham could finish the season on a high at White Hart Lane on Sunday:

We’re not finished yet though because we want to win the next game against Tottenham away. It will be hard but we have confidence in ourselves so why not?