Symons Reaction

Friday 1 March 2013 23:33

Fulham’s Under-21s made it two wins in five days as Kit Symons’ side secured a 1-0 victory over Chelsea on Friday evening.

The Whites impressed, and should have had more to show than Lasse Vigen Christensen’s goal. Christensen also hit the woodwork, as did Eyong Enoh and Josh Passley. Cauley Woodrow also went close with two efforts in the first half.

“It was a good three points for us tonight,” said Kit to “I thought we played particularly well in the first half and created a lot of chances throughout. If I’m honest, though, I thought the second half was a little sloppy.

“Chelsea could have scored, they had a bit of pressure and for a little spell we didn’t defend as well as we should have. But overall, I think we deserved the win. It’s just disappointing that we didn’t score more because we should have had three or four.

“But don’t get me wrong, there were a lot of positives to take. I was pleased with the performance, but at the same time, it’s all about the players’ development – and there were a lot of things that they can learn from tonight.

“Like being disciplined enough to stay on the right track and build on a one-goal lead. There were points when we strayed away from the plan that was in place. I’ve been a bit tough on them in the changing room, which may sound bizarre considering we’ve just won but it’s not just about winning, it’s also about winning in the right way and individuals doing their best.”

There was a start for Fulham favourite Simon Davies, who joined Enoh as two overage players. The Welshman impressed as he continues to gain match fitness following a long injury layoff.

“We had Simon in there tonight, and it was great for the boys to play alongside someone like that – someone that has so much enthusiasm for the game,” said Kit. “His professionalism stands for everyone to see.

“It’s all about giving young players a game, but when the older pros come in, it’s good for their education and can only help them long-term. Enoh was excellent too, and it was good to see Kerim Frei and Boumesca Tu Na Bangna playing after their respective injuries.”

Fulham made it back-to-back wins following Monday’s defeat of Aston Villa to make it a memorable week in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League Group One fixtures.

“We played on Monday night in a game I thought we were absolutely fantastic in,” added Kit. “Two wins in five days is obviously very pleasing, but there’s still a lot of work to do.

“It’s nice to get the win against Chelsea, the boys know all about what games with them are all about. They secured the SW6 bragging rights I suppose. We did have a bit more experience in our team than they did, but that doesn’t take anything away because Chelsea is always a strong side to go up against.

“It was good to play at Craven Cottage too, under the lights and it’s a special ground. Hopefully some of the boys can go on and play here on a regular basis in the not-too-distant future - that’s certainly the aim.”