Pajtim Kasami was delighted with what he described as ‘a magnificent performance’ after Fulham fought back to draw 2-2 with Manchester City afternoon.
The Swiss midfielder made an impression as a second half substitute, delivering an eye-catching cameo after replacing Damien Duff.
This was always going to be a difficult game for us. Alongside United, City are the team to beat at the moment. They had won all their previous league games and I think some had predicted that would continue today.
That certainly looked the case as they had they enjoyed the better first-half and scored that early goal in the second. We needed to find a response and what followed was probably the best football we have played this season. The second-half performance was magnificent.
We kept the ball, frustrated them when they had it and really put them under pressure. On another day we could well have sneaked three points, because we had a couple of chances.
It was good to be involved in a game like that. I came on at a point when we were chasing the game, which was difficult. But as the game swung we sensed we could do something.
This is what the Premier League is all about – it’s exciting. I haven’t been at the Club for too long, but I’ve really enjoyed myself so far. Hopefully I can be involved in more games like this and play my part for the team.
We have a game against Chelsea in the League Cup on Wednesday and then West Brom in the league next weekend. This performance will serve as a real boost and hopefully we can use the momentum.
It had been widely known for a while, even when Mark Hughes was still in charge at Fulham, that Diomansy Kamara was on his way at the end of the season. He was released without any great fanfare and had been tipped to complete a free transfer to Leicester City, where he had spent part of last season on loan.
It turns out Kamara has opted to sign a three-year contract with Eski?ehirspor, who were promoted to the Turkish top flight in 2008. For much of his four years at Craven Cottage, Kamara was frustrating and enigmatic. He had plenty of skills and could score some sublime goals, but too often he would go missing during games. He certainly wasn’t disciplined enough to lead the line for Roy but one could argue that he was jettisoned too quickly by Hughes at a time when we were short of strikers, especially after snatching a timely equaliser at Arsenal.
Things didn’t work out the way we might have hoped after Lawrie Sanchez flashed the cash at West Brom but we probably have Kamara to thank for our Premier League safety. That brace at Manchester City on that crazy afternoon was truly inspired and came at a time when the boys looked absolutely doomed. Then, there was the bicycle kick against Spurs when time seemed to be against us and that calm finish in Sofia that earned Fulham their first Europa League point. Plenty of fine memories – just a shame Dio couldn’t deliver a little more regularly. Good luck to him in the future, though.
It seems as though John Pantsil is still set to leave Fulham, despite their recent change in management.
The Ghana full-back, who only made nineteen appearances for the club last season, was relegated to second choice under Mark Hughes after a disappointing season, which included scoring three own goals. Whilst Jol has apparently moved to try and persuade Zoltan Gera to stay at Craven Cottage, Pantsil is still set to leave Fulham.
Leicester City are rumoured to be interested in signing the right back, but Pantsil’s wages – of around £25,000 a week – may be a sticking point for the Championship side. The Foxes are also preparing to offer Diomansy Kamara, who spent the second half of last season on loan at the Walkers’ Stadium, a contract but the Senegalese forward might prefer to move to the Middle East. Kamara’s contract will also not be renewed by Fulham and Jol is also ready to release American striker Eddie Johnson and midfielder Matthew Saunders.
The story the other day suggesting Diomansy Kamara was certain to return to Fulham in the summer after Tony Mowbray was sacked by Celtic always had to taken with a hefty degree of salt given that the quotes were supplied by his former agent.
This afternoon, Kamara’s been talking in a more positive fashion about the possibility of a permanent move north of the border.
I read some wrong things in the newspaper when someone called Fabrizio Ferrari was talking in my name. But he was not talking for me at all.
Leaving Celtic is not in my plan. This is a massive club that I have a lot of respect for.
I started well here and scored some goals. I am still playing with good players in a good team. I have been so impressed with the club and the supporters and I am still enjoying my time here. My only problem has been this injury.
I am sad that Tony Mowbray left as I have a lot of respect for him, but this is football. I hope to stay at Celtic as I have been so impressed by this club and I think we can do some good things in the future and I would like to be part of it.
Looking on from afar, I’m a bit disappointed as I feel Kamara could provide a bit of unpredictability that seems to be sorely lacking in our attack at the moment. But, you can see Hodgson’s point as view as, first under Sanchez and then with Roy at the helm, Kamara’s struggled to put together performances on a consistent basis.
Tony Mowbray’s sacking as Celtic coach means Diomansy Kamara will definitely return to Fulham in the summer, according to the Senegalese international”s former agent.
Fabrizio Ferrari, who represented the former West Brom forward when he sealed a £6m switch to Fulham in the summer of 2007, reckons that the reason Kamara was keen to head north of the border on loan was because of his success under Mowbray at the Hawthorns. With the former Celtic player paying the price for failing to keep pace with Rangers at the top of the SPL and a shock 4-0 defeat by lowly St. Mirren, Ferrari thinks Celtic have little chance of keeping Kamara on a permanent basis, even though such a condition was written into the loan deal.
Tony Mowbray was the reason Diomansy signed for Celtic. They worked well together at West Brom and he wanted to play for him again.
It’s very sad what happened with Tony and it will have a big impact on Diomansy’s future. He will be very disappointed.
I can’t see him staying at Celtic now. He will probably wait until the end of the season and then go back to Fulham.
Long-term, I don’t know what the future will be for Diomansy. He will speak to Fulham and make a decision, but I don’t expect him to be at Celtic next season.