Monday 29 May 2017

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FULHAM 2 WIGAN O

Duncan Bech

Mark Hughes believes his Fulham side are beginning to benefit from a change in style -- after Clint Dempsey struck twice in the first half to complete an easy victory, which lifted the club into eighth place in the League.

"We made it easy for ourselves because of the manner of our performance. From the start we were on the front foot," said Hughes. "We had plenty of energy and dictated to the opposition, which is what we want to do this season.

"The guys are enjoying the type of football we're playing and we were rewarded. We felt that maybe we haven't been getting the points our performances deserve."

"We weren't worried about dropping down the table but you want to be in the top half when you wake up on a Sunday morning. I feel we are a top-10 side and I won't be persuaded from that."

Dempsey profited from excellent approach play from full-backs Carlos Salcido and Chris Baird. The USA forward nodded in Salcido's cross for the opener on the half-hour mark before rifling home the second, teed up by a clever pass from Baird.

If Dempsey was man of the match, then the outstanding Salcido was not far behind him. "Salcido is a good player -- everybody could see that today," said Hughes.

"His enjoyment of the Premier League is clear. He likes the intensity and wants to be involved. He's had a real impact for us."

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