Nigerian international Sone Aluko was left delighted after yet another stellar home performance, with the 5-0 victory over Reading on Saturday afternoon.
Talking to Fulhamfc.co.uk, the forward revealed his indignation towards the harsh criticism received by the team: “That’s the quality we’ve got. When a lot of people say we’re not clinical and that we miss chances, we take it a bit personally because we know what we can do."
Aluko continued on by stating that the team is adapting well in training but need to rectify this during in-game scenarios emerge: “In training we finish goals well and our build-up play is fantastic, so it’s just getting the last touch on the ball and finishing the game well, and on Saturday we showed the quality we’ve got."
Whilst adding: “We’ve been working on being more clinical, finishing off teams. We’ve been dominating a lot of sides but allowing them back into the game and letting them off the hook."
The recently reformed winger managed to bag himself his fourth goal of the campaign, although it was met by tense period, as the linesman and referee discussed the dubious decision, in which Chris Martin appeared to help guide the ball into the net from an offside position.
“The referee took a bit of convincing that Chris hadn’t touched it,” clarified Aluko.
“So it was a bit of a tense moment, but eventually we got the goal and that ultimately closed off the game. I felt their spirits were broken after that.”
Before the game on Saturday afternoon, Reading had mustered up an impressive 5 game winning steak.
“Their consistency is what we’re aiming for,” stated the forward. “And we can do that. Huddersfield, when they came here, they were third in the league, Reading were flying high too, so to turn them over the way we did is testament to where we can be."
Aluko has personified the ambition of the club to to succeed, as he continued on in saying: “I’ve always said I feel we should be higher in the league, it’s just a case of turning our great performances into wins more consistently. But hopefully that’s coming."
“At the start of the season our home form wasn’t great, now it’s looking very strong, so we’re getting there, it’s starting to click.”
The Whites scintillating performance sees them merely remaining in 10th position but that is not getting Aluko’s spirits down.
“It’s all about the points,” he expressed. “The positions right now don’t really matter, it’s where we finish at the end of the season. But to collect another three points is huge, I think we’re just four points off fourth, so we’re not too far away.
“It doesn’t matter who we play in this league now, we’ve proved that we don’t fear anyone. On our day we can beat the top teams, as we showed on Saturday. We beat Newcastle, we did well against Brighton.
“We’re more concerned about how we play and how we finish moves, rather than the form of the other team. Reading had won five in a row and we’ve gone and beaten them comfortably, so we don’t fear anybody.”
Fulham travel to the Molinuex Stadium this Saturday, as The Cottagers face a Wolves side that resides just above the relegation zone, looking to re-establish consistency after the 5 star performance against Reading.