Manager Reaction

Saturday 21 March 2015 17:30

Kit Symons was thrilled to see his Fulham side come out on top of what was a frenetic game at Huddersfield Town.

Goals at the start and end of the match from Alexander Kačaniklić and Seko Fofana won the game, but that doesn’t tell the whole story.

Nahki Wells missed two penalties for the home side, the first of which saw Shaun Hutchinson eventually sent off, while Marcus Bettinelli made a plethora of saves.

“It’s probably the most bizarre game I’ve been involved in,” an exhausted Symons admitted. “Wednesday night against Leeds we played 10 times better but ended with a 3-0 defeat. We had 28 shots to their eight and lost 3-0.

“Today was almost the exact opposite. We scored direct from a corner and one in the last minute of time added on. In between that, Huddersfield were by far the better team and had by far the better chances.

“It’s one of those things. We massively rode our luck, Marcus made a few great saves, a few unorthodox saves, we had some manful defending, some poor defending as well to get us into trouble but then somehow managed to get ourselves out of it.

“It was just a crazy, bizarre game. We had a man sent off, the wrong one to start with, then they finally get it right so that made it six minutes of time added on at the end. It felt like an eternity but by hook or by crook we got there in the end.”

With Fulham sitting six points outside of the drop zone prior to kick-off – it’s now eight – Symons praised his men for digging in and grinding out a big victory.

“I said before the game to the players that with the situation we’re in we need to show character, proper character, and I thought we did that, without a doubt,” he said. “We didn’t play well but sometimes if you show that character you get the luck you need.

“We had an awful lot of luck today but we haven’t had much lately at all so I’m just delighted for those players and the travelling fans as well, who had a bit of a party when the second one went in.”