Hugo Rodallega scored a vital winner for Fulham at Aston Villa this season – and the forward says he’s ready to lead the line in the club’s fight against relegation.

The 28 year-old’s late header lifted Fulham off the foot of the Premier League table and up to 18th, setting up a tantalising clash with Norwich City at Craven Cottage next weekend. Rodallega has had to wait for his chance since Felix Magath replaced Rene Meulensteen at Fulham – but hopes his goalscoring exploits have given the German coach a timely reminder of his ability.

Rodallega told Talksport:

When I have this opportunity [to play] for 45 minutes it’s very important for me. I have to show the manager I’m here and I’m ready to help the team.

When you score and you’re a striker you’re very happy. I’m a striker, I have to score every week if I can but sometimes you can’t score in every game. I tried to help the team today and support everybody.

It was a nice goal but the most important thing today was winning and getting three points.