Tunners: Fans Got Us Buzzing

Monday 2 November 2015 11:00

Ryan Tunnicliffe was full of praise for the travelling Fulham fans on Saturday after they watched their side come away from Ashton Gate with a 4-1 win.

All four of our strikes arrived in the first half, giving the 1,300 strong Whites faithful behind the goal the perfect view as Bristol City were put to the sword, with Tunnicliffe rounding off the scoring with a beauty of a lob.

Speaking to fulhamfc.com, he enthused: “I was saying in the dressing room that it’s a footballer’s dream to score in front of a packed away end. It was a nice goal as well so I was delighted.

“It massively lifts the team having that many fans there. You hear them all singing and when I scored my goal and they started singing my name, it gets you buzzing for it and it makes you want to run that 5-10 per cent harder to make them cheer, and when they cheer it just gives everyone that extra lift. They’re the 12th man, as they say.”

Fulham were in a prolific mood in the opening 45 minutes against the Robins and their ruthless attitude in front of goal meant the game was as good as over by the time the referee blew for half-time.

“We’re obviously delighted,” Tunnicliffe said of his side’s display. “Our first-half performance, I don’t think anyone could’ve lived with us.

“When you add in the second half the week before [against Reading], that’s eight goals we’ve scored in 90 minutes across two games. So that was good but we also defended well and didn’t really give them a sniff which was good as well. It was the complete performance really.”

Kit Symons made a tactical tweak for the fixture with the introduction of a third central defender and wing-backs to counter the similar formation preferred by City.

It worked to devastating effect, with left wing-back James Husband helping to create three goals.

“I think it helped us match up,” Tunnicliffe explained. “We’d watched videos of them and saw that they’ve always got a pass on, with five at the back there’s always an out ball.

“So we matched up with them and were able to pick them up accordingly, and I think it helped us get a good foothold in the game. And obviously we got the early goal which was nice.”

A five-game unbeaten run has seen Fulham climb up to 10th in the standings, four points off the Play-Offs, going into this week’s fixtures against Burnley and Birmingham City.

And while a difficult evening’s work lies ahead at Turf Moor on Tuesday, Tunnicliffe insists that his side don’t fear anyone in the league.

“We’re confident,” he stated. “But I think we have been going into every game we’ve played this year. When results weren’t going our way we were still playing well so we remained confident. It’s a short turnaround but we’ll recover properly and travel up there and hopefully come away with another win.

“If you look at the teams we’ve beaten this season, we beat QPR by four and we put four past Reading, and you’d think those are two of the top teams.

“Reading had only conceded eight goals before they played us, so I think that speaks for itself. We do believe we can beat anyone when we're playing like we are at the moment.”

Tickets for Tuesday's game will be available to buy at Turf Moor on the day, while tickets for Saturday's meeting with Birmingham are still available to purchase, priced from just £25 for adults and £15 for juniors.

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