Emerson Hyndman insists Fulham have put the disappointment of losing their first two Championship games behind them and are now targeting a first win of the season when newly-promoted Wolves visit Craven Cottage on Wednesday night.
Felix Magath’s side have played promising football at times but have no points to show for their endeavour after being beaten by both Ipswich and Millwall on their return to English football’s second tier, although the composed nature of the American midfielder’s displays since stepping into the first team for the first time at Portman Road has been a real positive. Hyndman believes that once Fulham’s forward line begins to function the Cottagers can quickly climb the table.
It was similar to the Ipswich match. We really controlled the first half against Millwall and then most of the second but we were unlucky with our finishing. Once we get that going, we’ll be in good shape.
We’re not panicking yet. We’re a strong group, we realise we’ve been unlucky but at the same time we need to work on things. We’ll do that all this week until Wednesday and hope for another good performance. We’ll put this one behind us now and concentrate on Wolves. Like we did at Ipswich, we worked very hard against Millwall but we’ve just got to work harder. We’ll go into training all this week, work our hardest and make sure we’re ready.
The seamless nature with which Hyndman has fitted into the Fulham midfielder has surprised many – including his own manager – but behind the scenes at Motspur Park they have talked in glowing terms about the Texan’s talent for a few years now.
The more I play, the more I feel comfortable. It’s still early days and we’re still getting used to each other as a new group.
I want the manager to trust me. I’m young but I try my hardest to be professional and I hope that’s what he sees. It’s great to be playing alongside these younger guys in the first team as I’ve been playing with them for the last two years. When you look at the way we’ve been playing, okay not the results, but it’s only good for the future
Hyndman knows that Wolves, who will be bringing around 2,000 supporters with them to London for tomorrow night’s fixture, will be keen to add to Fulham’s difficult start.
Wolves will be really up for it after returning to this division in the summer. We’re a big scalp in this league. For any club to take points at the Cottage is a big thing. Wolves have just come up so it will be a big event for them.