Carlo Cudicini aims to maintain our fine recent form at Fulham ahead of the latest international break.
We take our current sequence of six wins and a draw from our last seven matches in the Premier League to Craven Cottage for a 4pm kick-off on Sunday.
Always one of the toughest away fixtures on the calendar, Fulham have lost just one of five matches at home so far this term, although they’ve drawn three.
Nevertheless, we won at the Cottage last season and goalkeeper Carlo – inspired against Rubin Kazan in the Europa League on Thursday night – is looking for a repeat with a number of players set to jet-off on international duty next week.
“It’s always a difficult game but we are on a great run, we want to continue that run and then we have the international break, so it’s important to get the win on Sunday,” said Carlo.
Indeed, our next match isn’t until Villa come to the Lane for a Monday night game on November 21.
Kevin Bond was full of superlatives for Carlo’s wonderful display in Kazan.
The Italian produced at least five top-drawer saves to keep out the Russians, who needed a moment of inspiration from Bebras Natcho to win it, curling home a free-kick in the 55th minute.
Typically of our goalkeepers, Carlo quickly deflected any praise away from his performance.
“I’m happy because I think we can take positives from the game,” he said.
“The young lads did very well, we also have good news from William Gallas, he played 70 minutes and he felt well, so that’s important.
“We lost, so of course we’re not happy, but the group is still very open."
Pressed on his own performance, he added: “I’m there to try and prevent the ball going into the back of the net. Unfortunately, I was quite busy and I couldn’t stop the free-kick.
“Personally I’m pretty happy. It was like a session with Parksy (coach Tony Parks)!
“The most important thing is the result and we didn’t manage to get at least a point, but as I said, there were positives from the younger lads and William.”