Fulham Under-21s brought the curtain down on the first part of their 2012/13 league campaign with a 1-1 draw at Manchester City on Monday afternoon.
Ryan Williams had opened the scoring for the Whites in the first period, only for England youth international George Evans to equalise for the home side with a long-range strike.
Manager Kit Symons was pleased with his side’s efforts in the game, but felt they should have perhaps been out of sight before the Blues equalised.
“We scored a good goal in the first half through Ryan,” Kit told fulhamfc.com. “It was good build-up play; a pull-back from Charles Banya and Ryan was there on the edge of the box to slot home with a calm finish.
“I thought we were by far the better team in the first half and should have gone in two or three up really. We didn’t make our dominance count so I stressed that point to the boys at half-time.
“Manchester City made a change at half-time and went 4-4-2 and equalised through a freak goal. Neil [Etheridge] came out to clear one, he shanked it and it went to the City boy who took a touch and put it in from just inside our half.
“Then, to be fair, it became very end to end with both teams having good chances and the second half was pretty even I’d say. The game became quite stretched and open with both sides counter-attacking and getting bodies forward and it could have gone either way I suppose. Overall, it was a decent performance from us but when you’re on top in games – like we were first half – you need to make it count.”
The result means the Under-21s finished fifth in their group and, while there have been plenty of positives to take from the campaign so far, Kit knows his side are capable of better.
“We’ve shown progression throughout the season with a young side,” he explained. “So, overall, it’s been okay. There’s plenty of room for improvement, though, and that’s what we’ll be expecting after Christmas.”
Fulham Team: 1. Etheridge, 2. Brister, 3. Briggs, 4. Tavares, 5. Musa, 6. Pritchard, 7. Williams, 8. Vigen Christensen, 9. Altman, 10. Frei, 11. Banya
Subs: 12. Bettinelli, 14. Donegan, 15. Islamovic, 16. Passley, 17. Woodrow