Joachim Andersen says he will be ‘angry and embarrassed’ if Fulham are relegated this season as he vows to save Scott Parker’s side from the drop… and insists Cottagers ‘can beat anyone’ ahead of Manchester City visit
- Fulham have boosted their survival bid with 11 points from a possible last 18
- Scott Parker’s Cottagers also have four clean sheets in their last six matches
- Stand-in captain Joachim Andersen has been pivotal to Fulham’s recent rise
- The 24-year-old claims he would be embarrassed and angry if Fulham went down
Joachim Andersen would be embarrassed and angry if Fulham were relegated from the Premier League this season.
Scott Parker’s Cottagers looked to be heading for the drop earlier in the season and were eight points from safety at the beginning of February – but a run of 11 points from a possible 18 means they are now level on points with 17th-placed Brighton.
Andersen’s excellent defensive performances have been crucial to Fulham’s recent resurgence – particularly in the recent wins over Everton, Sheffield United and Liverpool – and the on-loan centre-back claims there is personal fury behind his run.
Joachim Andersen would be embarrassed and angry if Fulham were relegated this season
Scott Parker’s (right) side have picked up 11 points from a possible 18 to reignite their season
Speaking about Fulham potentially surviving in the top-flight, the 24-year-old told the club’s official website: ‘That’s why I came here.
‘Of course I came here to play football, have an important role, and of course to keep Fulham in the Premier League.
‘Because if we don’t stay in the Premier League, for me it won’t be a successful year because football is a team sport and I want Fulham to stay here now I know everyone within the club, and how much it means for everyone.
‘For me it is embarrassing if you don’t stay up because I always want to win. And when I don’t win I am really angry.’
Stand-in captain Andersen (left) has led Fulham to four clean sheets in their last six matches
The Danish international moved to Fulham on an October deadline day loan deal from French giants Lyon and has become a key figure in the west Londoners’ side.
It took Andersen just four games to be given the captains’ armband amid Tom Cairney’s persistent injury struggles and the 24-year-old has skippered the Cottagers in their last three league games.
His leadership qualities for Fulham were epitomised by his goal-saving challenge in their 1-0 win at Liverpool last weekend which stopped Sadio Mane from claiming a late equaliser through an easy tap-in.
Andersen (fifth left) made a brilliant last-ditch challenge to help Fulham to a win at Liverpool
Next up for Parker’s Fulham are league leaders Manchester City, who have won 22 out of their last 23 matches in all competitions and have a 14-point at the top-flight summit.
Andersen is confident that Fulham can upset the applecart once again on Saturday evening as the west Londoners are brimming with confidence at the moment.
The defender added: ‘City are unbelievable. I have been really impressed by them and how they’re playing.
‘We have to go and believe. We have so much confidence and, like I said many times, we can beat anyone.’
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