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16:08 20th March 2017

Dave Edwards says it means the world to him that he scored his 10th goal of the season at Fulham on Saturday.

The Wales International scored the third goal at Craven Cottage which made it 10 for the season for Edwards - the first time he has ever reached that total in one season, in his career.

Edwards scored his eighth and ninth goals at Barnsley back in January and has had to wait over a month to get his tenth.

He says he is delighted to score his 10th goal of the season and he thanked Helder Costa for providing the assist.

“Sometimes when you're playing a bit deeper it is harder to get picked up. I felt that when I was arriving in the box, I was ghosting in and the way that Fulham play, they’re not particularly going to track you," Edwards began.

“They're hoping that they can defend it and catch us out.

“For my goal, it was great work by Helder (costa), he’s done unbelievably for the first goal and unbelievably for the third goal as well - it should be his goal with all the hard work but he put it on a plate for me and I couldn't believe my luck.

“I was six yards out and I’ve broken that mental ceiling of getting into double figures, so it was nice and a huge relief for me.

“If you get 10 goals from midfield, it’s a good total.

“I’ve been desperate to break it - I’ve come close on a couple of occasions now and getting nine by January, I thought I would be able to go on a look towards 15. It’s been a difficult month, February, and we’ve ground out results recently - to get the 10th goal, personally, it does mean the world to me.

“I feel like now hopefully the floodgates will open and I can go and push on again.”

Delighted after the win at Fulham, Edwards believes that the defeat at Reading, two weeks previously, marked a huge turning-point for the team.

He says that the players felt that they didn't deserve to lose at Reading, and since then he feels that the team has ‘flourished’.

“Obviously, we’re in a lot better place than after Reading because coming of the pitch at Reading, it was a tough one to take as we though we played well that day and we didn't get the result," he admitted.

“From then, I think we really changed our attitude and said to ourselves ‘let’s just not get beaten’ and then we could see what we came away with.

“We got a gritty 0-0 at Ipswich which wasn't nice for anyone but it stopped the rot and from then we’ve flourished.

“I really believe that this team is capable of performing next year - if we can pull away from that bottom and finish the season well, I think next season can be a good one.

“If we can make a few key additions to the squad, I think that will help.

“We just need consistency off the pitch - I think people forget at times, we’ve had new owners, four  different managers, 15 or 16 new players - it’s never going to happen.

“As much as you wish that it will happen at the start of the year, if you look at the history books, it doesn't really go that well when you make that many changes and everyone has learnt from the experience, I’m sure!

“Off the pitch, the board and everyone know what we need now and I feel we’ve got a manager in charge, if given the time and the resources, who can really push us on next year.

“First of all, we’ve got a huge week after the international break - three massive games and if we can come through those games with some points, it should set us for for an emotion-free end to the season.”

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