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Dejagah hails Fulham ´character´

Fulham midfielder Ashkan Dejagah has praised his team-mates’ character by coming from behind to snatch a point against Everton on Saturday.

Tim Howard made a hash of Bryan Ruiz’s free kick to give the home side an early lead in their Premier League clash, before two second-half strikes from Marouane Fellaini shifted the advantage towards David Moyes’ men.

However, Steve Sidwell popped up in injury time to grab a share of the points in the 2-2 draw.

Summer signing Dejagah – who was introduced on the hour mark at the weekend – believes Fulham should take confidence from the performance against a strong Everton side.

“Everton probably should have won the game, but as we all know, football doesn’t always work out like that,” Ashkan told the club’s official website.

“I’m sure they will consider themselves unlucky, but we’ve been in that same position this season, losing points when we should have taken more.

“Having conceded late goals in recent weeks, it was nice to get one for ourselves. I think it was a very important point, we worked extremely hard for it.

“Okay, at 2-1 Everton had chances to go further in front with Mark Schwarzer making two or three really good saves. But we kept pushing right until the end, and thankfully we were rewarded with a late equaliser.

“Everton are a really good side, they have been one of the best so far. They have some very good players and they made life uncomfortable for us at times.

“Some teams might have rolled over or caved in under the pressure, but we kept our heads and kept the belief that we could take something – for me, that shows a lot of character.

“We know that we can play good football, and with the spirit that we showed, that is a great mix. This team has many strengths and we want to build on what we have done so far.”

Dejagah joined Fulham at the end of August and initially struggled to make his mark on Martin Jol’s first-team plans, but substitute appearances in the last three games has given the former Wolfsburg man hope of impressing his boss and team-mates.

The 26-year-old is happy with his new club’s start to the campaign, highlighting their close proximity to fourth-place Everton in the table, and believes Fulham’s four-match unbeaten run can continue with the right attitude.

“It’s just great to be out there and involved in games. It was a very difficult start for me, but thankfully that is behind me now. I feel fit and, although I probably need a few more games to catch up properly, I’m getting stronger every week,” he said.

“It’s been a good couple of weeks for me, but most importantly the team has been doing well. We started the week in seventh place, which is really good. When you consider the fact we have also been a little unlucky, perhaps we could be even higher right now.

“If you look at the table, we’re only two points off Everton in fourth place. But I don’t think we should be too hard on ourselves because I think it’s best to look at the positives. We’re playing some really good football, scoring goals and getting points.

“We have good momentum at the moment and we want to keep that for as long as possible. We have some tough fixtures coming up, but in honesty, they are all difficult games in this league. I think we can do well though.”

Tue 6 November, 2012
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