Sidwell hoping for Fulham consistency with a settled squad

The former England Under-21s international is seeking more reliable performances with the Cottagers next campaign after a hit-and-miss year culminating in a 12th-place finish
Fulham midfielder Steve Sidwell hopes that having a settled squad will make for a more consistent campaign next season.


The Cottagers finished a disappointing 12th in 2012-13 after a inconsistent end to the season but the 30-year-old iis looking for any summer signings to be made swiftly to as a full pre-season together might prepare his side better for the year ahead.

"It was a bit of a transitional year for us, one where there were a few new faces," Sidwell told the club's official website.

"Obviously there will be more players arriving over the summer but the main body of the squad will have had that experience of playing together.

"It's important to get those new players in early and get the squad nice and settled ahead of the new campaign. I'm looking forward to seeing who else comes in, as last summer we saw the arrival of some very good players.

"The season started well but then we went through a bit of a sticky patch," he observed. "We picked things back up at the start of the year but, then, as we know, we didn't finish the season too well.

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"People would probably describe our season as a rollercoaster. We had some ups and downs and, okay, we didn't finish as high as we would have liked but there were still positives to be taken.

"On our day we are a very good side; perhaps we just struggled for a bit of consistency at times. We played well in patches and, at the same time, know that we could have played better in other parts of the season."

Despite the negatives, Sidwell was quick to highlight the positives, identifying games where key points were won that ensured that they remained in the top flight.

"There were a few games that we entered where we really needed to win," he added. "Newcastle at home was one of those. West Ham and Stoke City were other important games for us at Craven Cottage.

"Those were games that we were put under pressure to win – and we did. The boys really delivered and those were the games that stood out for me. Of course, you'd also throw the win at White Hart Lane in there too, with Dimitar [Berbatov] on target in a 1-0 win."