Rui Fonte has urged his Fulham team-mates to ‘be ambitious’ if they want to reach the Premier League.
The Portuguese forward, who trebled his Fulham tally in yesterday’s 6-0 thrashing of Burton, believes the Whites need to match the intensity and expansive start against the Brewers in their upcoming fixtures to put real pressure on the Championship’s top six. Fonte also feels that his side’s exceptional recent home record could prove vital:
We have to be ambitious so we want to be up there like at the beginning of the season. We had a couple of games at the start of the season that left us a bit apart from that position but now that we’re close we want to be there for sure. We showed what we want, not just in this game of course because it was a six-nil game but we had a couple of wins away, at home we’ve been incredible so we just want to keep on going.
The 27 year-old played down his own personal impact – despite scoring twice in the first half – and instead lavished praise on the remainder of Slavisa Jokanovic’s side.
I think most important was the team because if the whole team performs well that helps me. That’s what we did, my teammates had an amazing, amazing game so at the end I am just the tip of the iceberg when they perform well so I try to do my best as well.
Fonte also felt Fulham deserved serious credit for the quality of their display, especially after Nigel Clough’s side had put together excellent performances on the road of late.
They won their last three games away and if I’m not mistaken kept six clean sheets away, so that shows it was a tough game – we just made it easy. People have to give us credit for this big win.