TC: Things Can Only Get Better

Sunday 8 May 2016 08:58

Saturday’s matchwinner Tom Cairney was happy to end a disappointing season on something of a high.

Cairney grabbed the only goal of the game against relegated Bolton Wanderers at the Cottage as Fulham finished an underwhelming campaign with three points and a clean sheet.

“I wanted to end on a positive note, I’ve enjoyed playing here this season and on a personal level, I feel like I’ve put in some good performances,” Cairney told the official website.

“I thought if we could finish with a win, it would give us a tiny bit of momentum going into pre-season. It’s mostly been disappointing but we had a job to do against Bolton and we did it.”

The Whites had been frustrated by Trotters keeper Ben Amos until Cairney made the breakthrough in the 77th minute.

“You have to give credit to Amos, he was their best player,” said Cairney. “He made a brilliant double save second half after we’d scored. We were struggling to beat him but I was glad when it went in.”

Cairney’s strike was his eighth goal of the season – a tally he was pleased with – but it wasn’t the campaign the midfielder envisaged when he joined Fulham in the summer.

“Eight goals from midfield in any team is good and I’ve got quite few assists as well,” he said. “Next season I’ll look to try and beat it.

“But we know we’ve had a poor season as a team. When I signed here... the squad is very good on paper. Maybe we just haven’t kept enough clean sheets, it’s as simple as that. Maybe we need to score a bit less, if that makes sense, and take a bit out of our game to give us a stronger foundation at the back.

“We conceded too many and we were poor on set-pieces. That’s a massive part of the game and if we can do that better then we’ll give ourselves a good base.”

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