Harry Wilson was delighted with the professional way Fulham broke down a stubborn Cardiff side as they moved into the automatic promotion places following a 2-0 win tonight.
The Welsh winger, who spent last season on loan at the Bluebirds, had a hand in both of the goals as Fulham had to wait until well after half time to take the lead. His shot was deflected into the path of Tom Cairney, who crashed home from the edge of the box on his return from ten months out injured, and Wilson won the ball high up the pitch to start the move that saw Aleksandar Mitrovic double lead.
Wilson told FFCTV after the final whistle that he knew it was likely to be a tough assignment against Mick McCarthy’s men and felt Fulham more than merited the three points:
“Going into the game, we knew it was going to be a tough game. We know that they’re not in the best run of form at the minute, but that could have changed for them tonight so we were desperate to make sure we went out there and got the win to follow up the win we got at the weekend. First half was tough. We created chances, but I thought they played well. Second half, it was a great strike from TC and then that set us on the way and we could have had quite a few more.
“There was a bit of water on the pitch but we said at half time we just need to keep moving the ball, keep them working and the chances will appear. I think once we got the first that settled us down and we got the second and, as I said, we probably could have got a few more. At the other end, Marek makes a good save at 2-0 and if they score then it would have been a nervy last ten minutes or so.
The winger admitted he was a little disappointed with the fact that his assists have dropped off a bit in recent games but was pleased with his contribution to a crucial win.
“I think I am. The last few weeks I’ve been a bit disappointed that my numbers have dropped a bit for goals and assists but as long as the team are winning and I can help – like you say, winning the ball back high for Mitrovic’s goal. I think my shot was deflected for Tom’s goal as well. I’d like to think I played my part in both of the goals.”
He had plenty of praise for Cairney’s determination and quality after such a dispiriting spell on the sidelines.
“I’ve seen in my short time at the club all the hard work he’s been putting in off the pitch that of course the fans don’t see. When we’re at training, he’s in the gym working hard. He’s joined back in the last few weeks upping his fitness. He’s probably not at fittest tonight but when he came in, it was like he’d never been away. He was keeping the ball, getting forward and when he got his chance he didn’t think twice about it and to see it fly in the back of net was a great moment. You can see the technique he’s got, we know he’s got that quality – and for him to do it so quickly in his comeback was brilliant.”