Fulham captain Brian McBride
calls for final effort
Fulham captain Brian McBride insists there is no room for complacency on the final day of the season against Portsmouth.
Victory for Fulham will see them retain their Premier
League status and complete
one of the greatest escapes in the history of the top flight.
Fulham looked doomed last week when they trailed 2-0 to Manchester City but a stunning
fightback secured a 3-2 win and a solid 2-0 success over relegation rivals Birmingham on Saturday has left the Cottagers in a great position to beat the drop.
"It has been a great turnaround," said McBride. "It was always going to be emotional
on Saturday as it was a very important game for both teams.
"We've worked so hard to make sure we maintain the right focus and right attitude
going into our games.
"The manager has kept us focused and we went about our business in the same way.
We focus on the game itself and not worry about the position because going into
a game you can't be worrying about where you're at.
"As you can expect the atmosphere in the dressing room was very good
after the game
but we're not under any illusions that this is over. We still have a job to do and
it's going to be a tough one.
"Our confidence has grown for sure and you can see that with our composure. It's
going to be a very difficult game on Sunday and I don't think any team in this league
looks past the next game.
They (Portsmouth) have great support there and they'll
want to do well.
"Our fans were incredible on Saturday and they have been since we've been in this
position. They've been extremely vocal and extremely supportive and it makes a big
"Last weekend when we were 2-0 down against Manchester City we came out at half-time
and they were still belting away - that can only do good things to you as a player.
"You play this game for the enjoyment and for the passion and you can see that in
our players and supporters. The support has been great and our fans will play a
huge part on Sunday and one we are grateful for."
Fulham chairman Mohamed Al Fayed paid his team a visit prior to Saturday's kick-off
against City and McBride revealed that he has been an inspirational figurehead during
their fight for survival.
"It was a great gesture when the chairman came in before the game," said McBride.
"He's had a great influence on us. He's come in and showed his great desire for
this club and it's been impressive to see him come in and try and help us keep going."