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Fulham moving forward - Dempsey
Published : 05 Jan 2011 16:30:07
Clint Dempsey is confident Fulham have turned the corner after the 3-0 victory over West Brom propelled them from the relegation zone to 13th place in the Barclays Premier League.
The bottom half of the table is congested, with Fulham one of eight teams separated by just four points, but that makes momentum and goal difference vital. Fulham have now taken six points from their three games since the galling Boxing Day defeat at home to West Ham, and the victory over West Brom was comprehensive.
Dempsey, who scored the second goal at Craven Cottage, said: "It's such a tight league that if we get a good run of results we can start to move up very quickly. Hopefully, we can do that now. The West Ham game was very frustrating but we've bounced back from that. We've shown character and a willingness to move forward."
He added: "In our last three games we've set a standard with our commitment and work-rate. Now it is up to us to maintain that standard.
"I certainly think you'll see us starting to play better football.
"It's difficult to play when things don't seem to be going your way, you don't get the rub of the green, your fans are frustrated and you find yourself in the bottom three."
Fulham responded to the West Ham setback, and the jeers from their fans, with a victory at Stoke and encouraging performance against Tottenham before putting West Brom to the sword.
Simon Davies fired them ahead just before the interval and a first home victory in six attempts was secured with headers from Dempsey and Brede Hangeland.
"You sense the frustration in the crowd but we have got ourselves out of that situation," Dempsey added.
"Now players are coming back to fitness and as soon as we get a full team we'll see what we're capable of achieving."