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Kuqi thanks Sanchez

Shefki Kuqi has thanked Fulham manager Lawrie Sanchez for providing him with his second Premier League opportunity.

The Finnish striker joined Fulham on loan from Crystal Palace in August, and has had to wait two months for his bow after coming on as a substitute in the 3-1 win over Reading.

Kuqi explained that he did not have the backing from Palace manager Peter Taylor, but has praised the belief Sanchez has instilled in him.

“It was great to get the three points and getting out on the pitch for half an hour has given me a massive boost,” he told The Sun.

“I knew when I came here that I would have to be patient and wait for my chance. That’s why I’ve been working hard so that when my chance came I would be ready.

“I can’t thank the gaffer enough for giving me another chance to play in the Premiership.

“Things didn’t work out at Palace. I never got any back-up from manager Peter Taylor and when things go wrong you need his support. But it didn’t happen.

“I was so relieved to move to Fulham. I feel so relaxed and I am enjoying coming to work.”

Kuqi wants to seize second chance

Shefki Kuqi is determined to make the most of his second Premier League opportunity after making his Fulham debut.

The Finnish striker joined Fulham on loan from Crystal Palace in August, but has had to wait two months for his bow.

He appeared as a substitute in the weekend’s 1-1 draw at Sunderland and is now aiming to grab further chances in Lawrie Sanchez’s side.

Having scored seven goals in 34 appearances during his only previous season in the top flight with Blackburn Rovers, Kuqi plans to prove his worth.

“I’m pleased to be back in the Premiership,” Kuqi told the club’s official website. “My first season in the Premiership was with Blackburn, I thought I did well but that’s why I ended up leaving – because I wanted more minutes on the pitch.

“Blackburn bought a few more strikers and to be honest, Mark Hughes was fair to me, he said ‘I’m not going to promise you that you’re going to play every week, but you’re going to play loads of games’, but I just felt I wanted a little bit more.

“I’m really pleased to be here. Everything’s gone well so far and I just have to be patient, work hard and take my chance when it comes.

“It won’t be a case of just getting in to the team and everything’s there for you, but I’m training with the team and fitting in with the lads so everything’s going well – slowly but surely.”

Kuqi joins Fulham on loan

Crystal Palace striker Shefki Kuqi has joined Premier League club Fulham on loan until December.

The Finland international has endured a frustrating time at Selhurst Park since his £2million move from Blackburn this time last year.

Fulham are desperate for a target man after Brian McBride dislocated his kneecap while scoring in their 2-1 defeat to Middlesbrough earlier this month.

Kuqi has hit the net just eight times from 41 appearances and admits he’s been frustrated at his time on the bench this season.

He said: “If I was happy to stay on the bench then I would be in the Premiership, not the Championship.

“When I joined last season things didn’t go well straight away, and then I got stuck on the bench. But this season I’ve worked really hard in pre-season, and think I deserve a chance at least.

“I don’t care what anyone says, my goal scoring record is as good as anyone’s. I got 20 goals for Ipswich when I was playing week in week out, and the same happened when I was in Finland. I’m really happy about my form, I’ve done everything in pre-season that I could do to get my place.”