Manager Reaction

Saturday 22 August 2015 18:10

Kit Symons hopes Fulham’s last-gasp equaliser against Huddersfield Town will provide the spark the Whites need to kickstart their season.

Fulham had conceded late goals in their first three league games but finally the tables turned as an injury-time strike by substitute Cauley Woodrow earned the Whites a point in a 1-1 draw with the Terriers after Nahki Wells had put the visitors in front just after the hour mark.

“I didn’t think it was a particularly good game at all,” said Symons afterwards. “I felt the first goal would be key but luckily we got back into it. Maybe getting a late goal, rather than conceding one, will provide the little bit of luck we need to get us going.”

The draw leaves Fulham on two points for the season and still looking for their first win of the campaign.

“We’ve been involved in four Championship games and they’ve all been incredibly tight which is what this league is all about,” continued Symons. “I would have liked a bigger points return from the four, that’s obvious, but we’ve been in touch in every match and should have got more out of them. At least today we had a late rally and grabbed a point and maybe that’s the kickstart we need.

“The points return isn’t particularly good, I’d like that to be a lot better but I think that will come. There are things that aren’t right which we know aren’t right but we’re trying to rectify them.

“We want a little bit of luck. We get a boy [Sakari Matilla] injured in the warm-up, we get another [Shaun Hutchinson] injured after five minutes. We need something to go our way and it will.

“It wasn’t a good game today. I’m not saying we battered them. We dominated possession and had more shots on target, so statistically we were the better side but it was a scrappy game, both teams were making unforced errors. It was roasting hot out there so it wasn’t easy for both sets of players and they worked their socks off.

“We’ve got a lot of craft and guile but some of our more creative players didn’t show what they could do today.”

There was some unrest from the home support at the final whistle and Symons responded: “I understand it. I’ve been around football a long time and I know how the game works. People get restless. But also I know you need to show real character to get through tough times and it makes you all the better for it. I will always do the right things for this Club.”

Matilla was replaced by Tim Ream on the bench after being injured in the warm-up and Hutchinson was forced off early on following a whack to the head.

Symons stated: “I think Shaun’s okay. Within half an hour he was back to normal. It knocked the wind out of his sails, but he’ll be in tomorrow and will be assessed to see if he’s fit for training on Monday. We’ll follow the protocol for that sort of thing.

“Tim has just come in and hasn’t played for about four weeks. It was a bit too early to involve him but he was our 19th man and came along with the squad. Matilla picked up the injury and Ream had to come on to the bench but it was too early too start him.”

With the transfer window closing soon, Symons confirmed he was still keen to strengthen his side, adding: “Hopefully, as there are certain things that we need. The Chairman has been supportive; it’s about getting the right players in. I’m told things are close but until they sign anything can happen. You can be quite confident you’ve got someone and it falls through last minute.”

One deal that is close is a loan move for a goalkeeper following the long-term injury to Marcus Bettinelli.

“Marcus has damaged two ligaments - his MCL and PCL - so we’re waiting on surgeon advice as to what the procedure is going to be,” said Symons. “But it’s going to be a good few months.”