Marcus Bettinelli hailed Fulham’s grit and determination after the Whites came from behind to secure a last-gasp victory over Cardiff City at Craven Cottage yesterday to move ten points clear of the Championship relegation zone.
Slavisa Jokanovic’s side had to recover from the severe blow of going behind to a Lex Immers header just before half-time but recovered superbly to roar back with a much improved second half display. Skipper Scott Parker levelled matters just seconds after the break and birthday boy Emerson Hyndman clinched the win with an instinctive close-range finish in the third minute of stoppage time.
The victory was Fulham’s third straight win in the league that has transformed the Londoners’ run-in since what looked like a mortally damaging defeat by fellow relegation rivals Bristol City at Craven Cottage a fortnight ago. The Cottagers’ timely resurgence has coincided with Bettinelli replacing Andrew Lonergan in goal after a long injury lay-off but the Fulham academy graduate was far too modest to claim any of the credit himself.
If you look back at this time last week, we were in a real different position than the one we are in now. It says the resilience that we’ve had in the last couple of games, it has not been pretty at times.
We didn’t play great during the first half, there were times when we could have passed the ball a bit better. But we went in, came back out in the second half knowing what we had to do, we regrouped and played great, Scotty has got a great goal there – he’s worked tirelessly.
We put in a lot today, we deserved a win – definitely at least a result. We’re buzzing with that. We put so much hard work and at times this season we haven’t had the rub of the green.
It feels great, great to be part of and it’s such a comfortable position we are in now. Obviously, it’s not done but we can get it done at Brighton next week. We’re going to prepare for that in the same way as we have done the last two or three games.