ETUHU CONFIDENT OF VICTORY OVER WOLFSBURG
Fulham midfielder Dickson Etuhu insists the Whites will head into Thursday's UEFA Europa League quarterfinal match against Wolfsburg in confident mood.
Roy Hodgson's side takes a 2-1 lead to the Volkswagen Arena, and although the reigning Bundesliga champion remains in the tie, the 27-year-old believes his side has what it takes to extend the European adventure.
He told fulhamfc.com: 'We have a lot of quality in this side, and we have to have the confidence that we can go there and progress. Wolfsburg is a very good side and will also fancy its chances, but we're in a good position.
'We have some very good players in this team, and a lot of experience. We're used to playing in Europe now and know what we have to do.
'It's a massive game for us, one of the biggest the club has been part of. It's one that everyone is looking forward to and there's an opportunity to potentially play in a semi-final of a European competition. That would be a special moment for us all.'
The Nigerian international also praised Sunday's result, with Fulham moving past the 40-point mark following a resilient 2-1 win against Wigan.
He said, 'It was an important victory for us,' explained Dickson. 'It was a tough game and one that we knew that we needed to win. The Manager had been on at us, so we knew what needed to be done.
'It was a slow start, but I think we responded well and turned things around in the second-half – we kept going and claimed a deserved three points.
'Of course, our involvement in the UEFA Europa League has been fantastic, but it was vital that we consolidated our position in the Premier League. I don't think there was ever any danger of us not achieving that, but to have 41 points lifts a little bit of pressure.
'That's always the target and the figure that people tend to look towards. We achieved it last year as well, and hopefully we can kick on and finish this season as strong.
'It was a positive result and we have to take that into the game on Thursday. You always want to go into big games on the back of a victory and we can. We have to use that momentum now.'