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The former Sunderland man hopes his goal-scoring cameo against Southampton on Sunday will force him into Martin Jol’s plans after being sidelined through injury on debut

Kieran Richardson hopes his goal-scoring substitute performance against Southampton on Sunday will force Martin Jol to give him a regular place in Fulham's starting XI.

Richardson moved from Sunderland for a reported £3 million fee in the summer but has struggled to make an impact at Craven Cottage after suffering an injury on debut against West Ham over a month ago.

But after a strong return against the Saints, the 27-year-old hopes that the worst is behind him.

"I’m slowly getting there," he told the Cottagers' official website

"The fitness coaches have been working with me over the last few weeks and they’ve been top drawer. Hopefully by the time of the Aston Villa game I’ll be fully up to speed.

"It was frustrating but we’ve got great physios here and a great rehab team and they’ve been tremendous for me. When I came on against Southampton I felt sharp and that’s all credit to them."

Jol’s side take on Aston Villa in their next Premier League encounter after the international break, and Richardson is confident of making his first start at home for his new club.

"I wasn’t happy after my first game," he continued.

"But that’s just me, I always strive to be as good as I can be and my standard was below par that day. Hopefully I’ll get my first home start against Villa and put things right."

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