Dempsey hails Fulham heroics

Fulham hat-trick hero Clint Dempsey has praised his side after they beat Newcastle 5-2 on Saturday.

The United States international bagged three goals in the commanding win, with an impressive second half display by Martin Jol’s men.

Despite a fantastic individual showing, the attacker has stated the victory was down to a collective performance by the team.

“It was definitely a frustrating first half. We didn’t have any rhythm,” he told Sky Sports.

“It had to do with them being confident from their form but also I think maybe it was in the back of our mind a little bit the result against Blackburn, being a man up, and not taking advantage of that game and losing.

“But in the second half I thought we showed a lot of character and got the early penalty and Danny Murphy put it in the back of the net, which gave us confidence.

“Their mentality switched from thinking they were going to get three points to trying to salvage a point.

“We never took our foot off the gas and we were able to take advantage of our opportunities and put the ball in the back of the net.

“I’m happy with the way things are going and hopefully I can keep putting the ball in the back of the net,” he finished.

The Cottagers face Everton next in the FA Cup.

By Gareth McKnight