Manager Reaction

Tuesday 24 February 2015 22:35

A furious Kit Symons berated his side’s defending as Fulham lost 3-0 at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Tuesday evening.

The Whites dominated for long periods at Molineux, but Danny Batth’s header from a corner and Bakary Sako’s brace at the end of the first half meant they left the West Midlands empty handed.

It was a case of his team shooting themselves in the foot, having caused Wolves no end of problems, and when asked if he was frustrated at how events unfolded, Symons stated: “Frustrated is an understatement. I’m absolutely fuming, livid – call it what you want.

“The performance, both halves, was good. But if you defend and concede goals like that you’re asking for trouble and you don’t deserve anymore.”

Batth’s goal was Wolves’ first chance of the game, but Fulham heads did not drop and they looked the more likely to score next. But an inability to take chances proved crucial.

Our Manager said: “The way we played at 1-0 down, we had a couple of gilt-edged chances, Ross [McCormack] had a fantastic opportunity, we should have had an absolute stonewall penalty for handball at 1-0 – how the referee’s missed that goodness only knows.

“And up to the last five minutes we’re by far the better team. But we don’t take our chances and then concede two really sloppy goals in the last four or five minutes of the first half and suddenly 3-0 becomes a mountain to climb.”

Symons was visibly still furious in his post-match press conference, and he insisted that his players know exactly how he feels about what happened in Wolverhampton.

“The players are well aware that some of the defending, and also not taking our chances, has got to be collectively better all round,” he said. “People are well aware of that – I made myself very clear with that.

“Obviously we had some strong words at half-time about our defending and certain aspects of our game. I said you’ve got to play for pride and second half they did that and worked hard.

“Again, we had some really good opportunities – I think we had a lot more crosses, a lot more shots, better possession, but I felt we probably could have played all night tonight and not scored.

“I think it was going to be one of those nights, but when you do get those nights, that’s when you’ve got to dig in and defend properly and come away with a 0-0 and take a point out of it. But, like I say, if we defend like we did in the first half for the three goals then that’s never going to happen.”

The result saw Fulham slip to 20th in the Sky Bet Championship, and when asked if he’s worried about the teams below them in the table, Symons replied: “There’s always a concern until you get the necessary points.

“There’s always a concern about what’s over your shoulder and we’re well aware of where we are. We’ve got tough games coming up as well so we’re under absolutely no illusions whatsoever.

“But we’re saying the same things week in, week out; the performance is alright but we’re a bit unlucky here and there, things like that, and I’m getting fed up of it.

“We’ve got to actually get what we deserve now, and that’s by rolling your sleeves up and fighting, scrapping, doing the dirty side of it, defending properly, and then getting what you deserve, and we’re not doing that at the moment.”