Despite 60 points separating Newcastle and Rotherham, Tomas Kalas insists that it doesn’t matter to him.
The Fulham defender says that he and his teammates are desperate to keep their unbeaten run going, that has taken them to the brink of the play-off places, and that he believes they can ‘play against anyone’ – whether top or bottom.
The Czech defender is, like Christian Atsu, one of a legion of players on loan from Chelsea and has been an important player in this recent run of form.
Fulham are unbeaten since February 4 and the latest of that six game run saw them snatch a 95th minute equaliser at home to Leeds on Tuesday.
However, they come up against a Newcastle team who haven’t been beaten in the league since 2 January, a run of 11 matches.
Tomas Kalas believes that they deserved a win after ‘battering’ Leeds and the stats certainly back that up, with 73% possession, 14 corners and 23 shots.
Fulham looked really poor on the opening day of the season when over seven thousand Newcastle fans descended on Craven Cottage – only for Newcastle to turn in what has probably proved to be their worst display of this campaign so far. Tomas Kalas played centre-back that day and helped his team keep a clean sheet against Dwight Gayle and co.
Newcastle could go six points clear of Brighton and 12 ahead of Huddersfield with a win on Saturday, whilst Fulham could close to within two points of the play-offs with a game in hand.
Both teams look far better now than that earlier meeting and hopefully we will see a far better match, with a different result…
“We’re still on the unbeaten run and we want to keep that going against anyone.
“We know that we can play against anyone, it doesn’t matter if it’s Newcastle or Rotherham away.
“It doesn’t really matter – we have to focus on ourselves and keep going game by game.
“We probably deserved more than that (drawing 1-1 with Leeds) but you don’t always get the results that you deserve.
“We scored two and it finished 1-1. As a central defender, I could see that Neeskens’ shot looked as though it bounced over the line.
“I couldn’t see if it was completely behind the line but afterwards I saw that it went in and then out again – but what can we do if the linesman couldn’t see it properly.
“It was obviously satisfying at the end with that goal and the character we showed but from another side it’s disappointing because when you see that we are battering a team that’s chasing promotion, and is one of the better sides, then it’s frustrating when we don’t win.”