Brazilian striker Rodrigo Muniz says he is loving life at Fulham – and wants to build on his brace against Blackburn on Wednesday night.
The former Flamengo forward scored twice in the space of ten minutes at Ewood Park in midweek as Fulham put seven goals put ten-man Rovers without reply. The 20 year-old, who combined a poacher’s far post finish with a fine header in stoppage time, was delighted to make the most of an opportunity to impress head coach Marco Silva. Muniz told Fulham’s official website this afternoon:
“I enjoyed it very much and I was happy for the two goals, but most importantly I was happy for the fans. The fans have shown me a lot of love from day one, and so have my teammates. They have supported me a lot which has helped me to settle in. It’s helped a lot that the team has been so welcoming. It’s the first season that I’ve been away from home, and my teammates have made everything so much easier, so I love them for that.”
He has had to wait for a first team chance given Aleksandar Mitrovic’s outstanding form this term, but Muniz revealed just how much he has taken from training alongside the Serbian striker.
“In training I’m always learning from Mitro, who’s having such a great season so far. I’ve been able to pick things up from Mitro. It’s a learning curve, but when my chance comes I’ll look forward to taking it, like I did against Blackburn. Obviously because Mitro is playing so well, whenever I have the chance to come on I have to keep up the same rhythm as him, if not better than him. That’s what I’m looking to do, but working with Mitro does bring out the best in me. The Gaffer has given me a lot of confidence, too. He gave me a chance on Wednesday and I was able to take it.”
Muniz thanked the travelling fans for their vocal support in Lancashire and is excited about the prospect of playing Peterborough in front of a large away following tomorrow.
“The fans always help us a lot. They bring out the best in the players because they are always shouting and screaming, backing the team, and that really helps when you’re on the pitch. I’m looking forward to seeing them.
“We have won our last five, which is very good for the whole team because the target is to win the Championship and get automatic promotion to the Premier League. These wins now will help us in the future so now we just need to keep the run going. It’s important before the international break that we have a good game against Peterborough. We trained well today and we’ll be looking to get the three points.