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Fulham defender Denis Odoi just happy to help the team

last updated Monday 13th February 2017, 12:06 PM

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Fulham defender Denis Odoi is looking forward to seeing his 35-yard goal against Wigan on replay - but reckons at the end where he should be doing the business, all was far from well.

Whites took an early lead through Floyd Ayite, before the tables were turned by Scott Malone’s own goal and Wigan's Jakobs before the interval.

Odoi’s screamer levelled the tie before Neeskens Kebano’s injury-time winner sealed the points for the hosts in a rollercoaster affair.

And the Belgium international said although the Cottagers’ never-say-die attitude saw them claim the points, defensively they must improve.

He said: “I think we were relieved, we got the three points and the win, but we also need to think about our performance.

“Possession-wise we were strong as always but we weren’t solid enough in defence, that’s what made it hard for us. If we had defended more solidly, it would’ve been an easy game.

“You know that if you can draw, can get the equaliser, it’s going to be hard for them. We kept on pushing, kept on pushing, then we got the equaliser.

“Then they were just defending, and we were lucky enough to get a late win.”

Fulham were struggling to find a way through Wigan when a quick free-kick ploy saw the ball laid off to Odoi, who rocketed an effort through a series of bodies and beyond substitute goalkeeper Matt Gilks.

It set up the way for the Whites to force all three points, but the 28-year-old says not to expect thunderbolts from him every week - or ever again, really.

“If you’re in the moment, you don’t really see it that way, so I need to re-see the images, apparently it quite far out.

“That’s not my speciality so I’m happy I was able to help the team that way - it was a nice first goal.

“We didn’t fear the worst, but we were obviously frustrated with ourselves that they didn’t have one chance - we just gave them the goals, made it way too easy for them.

“We were frustrated about our defensive level, but we still had 45 minutes to make up for it, we knew what we needed to do, keeping on playing and more solid defensively.”

Source Dimitri Kondonis at GetWestLondon
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