Kamara's fine performance is yet another example of a player stepping up in a big situation for Roy Hodgson's team. All season long players like Clint Dempsey, Andy Johnson, Danny Murphy, Erik Nevland, Dickson Etuhu, Brede Hangeland and many others have stepped up in match after match to put the Cottagers on the brink of European football.
What is somewhat overshadowed by Fulham's push for Europe is the fact that Fulham has a great opportunity to finish the season above 9th place which would give the Cottagers their best ever Premier League finish. The 2003-2004 team finished 9th on the season. That team started the season flying and despite a shaky second half was able to complete the season in 9th. This year's team has been consistent all season long. Very few losing streaks, some wins on the road and fine form at Craven Cottage has put Fulham in a big position with two weeks to play.
Fulham's final two matches will not be easy though. On Saturday the Cottagers travel up to St James Park to take on relegation threatened Newcastle. Pending the Magpies result with Middlesbrough on Monday there is a possibility that Fulham could relegate Alan Shearer's team with a win on Saturday in front of what would be 50,000 mourning Geordies. Winning against a team such as Newcastle who have their back against the wall will be tall feat but this Fulham team has shown throughout the season with they can win under any circumstance at any given time. As we Fulham supporters know weird things happen when a team is facing relegation. Let's just hope that Newcastle do not suddenly find their form and come good next Saturday against the Cottagers.
The final match of the season is at home against Everton. While Everton are a tough team, the Cottagers might be facing an under strength squad as David Moyes' team have already qualified for the Europa Cup and will be preparing for the FA Cup final the following Saturday against Chelsea.
Regardless of who Everton put on the pitch in that final match you can be sure that Fulham will be up to the challenge and understand what is at stake for the club. If Fulham needs a win to earn that 7th spot, I feel confident that this team can get the three points it needs to qualify for Europe.
At present time Fulham are two points ahead of West Ham and Tottenham and three points ahead of Manchester City. Fulham also have a better goal differential than all but West Ham. With Manchester City and Tottenham playing one another next weekend and West Ham at Everton, a lot of positive things could happen for the Cottagers if they can take care of business against Newcastle.
In the final weekend Fulham play Everton while Tottenham have a tall task against Liverpool. Manchester City plays host to Bolton while West Ham host Middlesbrough. I do not expect Tottenham to defeat Liverpool and with Middlesbrough in a relegation battle anything is possible when they go to Upton Park to take on the Hammers. I do expect Manchester City to defeat Bolton though.
Last year at this time Fulham pulled off "The Great Escape". This season could be dubbed "The Improbable Ascent". So one might be asking what the chances are of Fulham actually pulling this feat off and qualifying for Europe. In looking at the aforemention fixtures and noting Fulham's consistent performances all season long, I would say there is a better than 50% chance of the Cottagers getting that 7th place finish and qualifying for the Europa Cup. A neutral would likely say the same thing.
However, writing about it is not going to get it done. Fulham need to back up my words with performances on the pitch. That all starts Saturday at Newcastle. For one reason or another I have never been too fond of Newcastle. It would put a smile on my face seeing the Cottagers relegate the Magpies and Alan Shearer.
So what are your thoughts on the Fulham's chances in the last two matches? Are you like me and think we have a pretty good chance to qualify for the Europa Cup? I would like to hear your thoughts. Post your comments.