Josh Onomah was delighted after firing Fulham to ‘a valuable result’ over battling Birmingham deep into stoppage time at Craven Cottage this afternoon.
The midfielder described his second Fulham goal as ‘a proud moment’ that helped to secure back-to-back wins to help the Whites get back on track after a shocking restart to the Championship season following lockdown. The 23 year-old buried his late chance to end an afternoon of frustration and take Fulham above Nottingham Forest – their next opponents – in the table.
Onomah told FulhamFCTV after the final whistle:
It was a proud moment for me. I’m just happy that I could help the team. We deserved it. We played well from minute one, had a lot of chances and I was just happy to take my chance in the dying seconds.
We work on a lot of pattern play throughout training and when Bobby [Decordova-Reid] and Harrison [Reed] combined, I just knew that Harrison will play me in, so I was ready for it. Just before that I had a shot that got parried away, Ant came close and so did Bobby. I just thought, ‘Ah, it might not be our day,’ but thankfully I had the last shot and scored it!
Onomah admits he is getting used to having to make an impact from the substitutes’ bench after coming on and setting up the winner for Cyrus Christie against QPR in midweek, but he humbly stressed the importance of picking up three points over individual performances.
I feel like when you’re a sub you get a chance to see the game from a different point of view and as I come out I was just hoping to affect the game and help the team in any way I can. Obviously, I did that in the last game and I did that today – I’m just happy helping the team.
Credit to Birmingham. They made it quite difficult for us, it was never easy for us to score and they made it a challenge. To come out with a win after that is a good feeling.