Craven Cottage to be ‘fortress’ over festive period says Christensen

Lasse Vigen Christensen believes that Fulham can make Craven Cottage a fortress over the next few games to give them solid foundations for the festive run.

The Cottagers will play three games in the space of less than a week at the end of the month and all together will play six games between now and January 10.

Three of these games will be played at home and Christensen believes this gives the team a good chance of getting some vital points.

Speaking to SW Londoner, he said: “Home games are very important for us. We talked about making Craven Cottage a fortress, where we don’t lose any games and get a lot of wins.

“That’s where we feel comfortable playing and we always go in to the game comfortable that we get three points.”

However, Fulham’s home form took a hit last Friday after suffering a 5-0 loss to promotion chasing Watford.

Four first half goals, two from Almen Abdi and two from Troy Deeney, put the game beyond Fulham before Deeney completed his hat trick late on.

Christensen wants to put that game behind him and prove that Fulham are a better side than that result suggests.

“We want to show everyone that the Watford game was a one-off. We didn’t show up in that game and all of us are gutted about that.

“Now, we just need to make sure that we come out and show everyone that we can bounce back from a defeat like that and start another good run.

“We want to win games, we need to win games and we want to get to where we need to be for the end of the season,” he said.

Fitness will also be crucial over the festive period with games coming thick and fast meaning any knock or injury could see a player miss a number of games.

Any suspensions, such as Marcus Betinelli’s, will also have a big impact on the team.

Therefore rotation is likely to play a key part in Kit Symon’s selection process over the period and Christensen believes he is the right man to pick the team.

“Kit is the kind of manager to put out the best team whenever he can and I think he’ll play the right players for each game.

“Obviously, he might need to mix the bag a bit but I think he’ll try to play the team that is right for the game.

“Hopefully, I can stay fit and play as many games as I can over that period of time. We’ll just have to wait and see, there can be injuries and there can be bans but I think Kit will put out the best team that he can,” he said.

The recently relegated side were early favourites for promotion this year but after an awful start find themselves in 16th.

Felix Magath’s poor run led to the side floundering in the relegation zone and looking in danger of a truly disastrous season.

Symons came in and is beginning to turn things round for the side and is bedding in a number of promising youngsters.

Speaking about Fulham’s season so far, Christensen said: “There’s potential in the team to finish in a strong position this year even though we had a poor start.

“I think we have worked well in the last few months and I feel that if we keep working hard and keep developing as a team we have a good chance of finishing in the top half or maybe even up there in the play-off places.”

Fulham’s ‘Christmas at the Cottage’ match against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday 20 December @ 3pm, will offer junior tickets from just £1.

A visit from Santa, carol singers, giveaways for junior supporters and plenty of entertainment will all add to the festive cheer.

Adult tickets start from just £25 and junior tickets (under 16s) are just £1 when purchased in advance of match day.

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