April 22, 2021

Cairney: We must keep dressing room spirit this time

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Ex-Fulham left-back Paul Konchesky expects club to target a new No 9 and defensive cover during the summer

Last Updated: 05/08/20 1:51pm

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Fulham captain Tom Cairney shares details of the celebrations following their Championship play-off final victory, including which song he performed during a karaoke session

Fulham captain Tom Cairney shares details of the celebrations following their Championship play-off final victory, including which song he performed during a karaoke session

Tom Cairney says Fulham must add Premier League-quality players to their squad this summer, but has warned the club against making the same mistakes as their previous spell in the top flight.

Fulham secured their return to the Premier League at the first time of asking after a 2-1 extra-time win over rivals Brentford on Tuesday.

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Scott Parker says Fulham must learn from their past mistakes in the Premier League if they are to avoid immediate relegation back to the Championship

Scott Parker says Fulham must learn from their past mistakes in the Premier League if they are to avoid immediate relegation back to the Championship

Their previous spell in the top flight, during the 2018-19 season, saw them relegated after just one year despite spending around £100m in the transfer market.

Several of those big-money signings failed to impress, and Cairney told Sky Sports News: “We need to keep the dressing room and the team spirit together – I think we lost that a little bit too early the last time we went up.

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Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship play-off final between Brentford and Fulham

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship play-off final between Brentford and Fulham

“I think we’ve got to add quality. We’ve got to add Premier League players because it’s a tough league. It’s a different ball game. So hopefully we can learn a little bit from last time.

“The main objective is to stay in the league. We haven’t got long to enjoy it really – I think the season starts next month, which is a bit scary. But I’m excited.”

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Fulham lift the play-off trophy after beating Brentford 2-1 in the final

Fulham lift the play-off trophy after beating Brentford 2-1 in the final

‘Fulham should sign another No 9’

Fulham’s promotion would not have been possible without the 26 goals scored by Championship Golden Boot winner Aleksandar Mitrovic, but that should not stop them signing a new striker, says their former left-back, says Paul Konchesky.

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Former Fulham defender Paul Konchesky says they need to sign another striker this summer to take the scoring burden off Aleksandar Mitrovic

Former Fulham defender Paul Konchesky says they need to sign another striker this summer to take the scoring burden off Aleksandar Mitrovic

No other Fulham player reached double figures for goals this season and when asked by Sky Sports News where the side could be strengthened, Konchesky said: “Maybe another No 9.

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Former Fulham striker Barry Hayles says the club should replicate Wolves and Sheffield United’s templates after clinching promotion to the Premier League

Former Fulham striker Barry Hayles says the club should replicate Wolves and Sheffield United’s templates after clinching promotion to the Premier League

“With Mitrovic, you can’t just rely on him. He’s scored a lot of goals but you can’t just rely on that one person to score all your goals.

“Maybe he [Scott Parker] might bring in another centre-half. I know there’s talk of Alfie Mawson leaving the club, so it might be one in, one out.

“But they’ll know as a club where they need to strengthen and hopefully they’ve got the right recruitment staff to go and get their players.”

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