Kit Symons was thrilled his Fulham side were able to send their supporters home happy after comfortably seeing off Queens Park Rangers at Craven Cottage.
Goals from Moussa Dembélé, Ben Pringle and Ross McCormack (2) earned the Whites an emphatic win over their local rivals, and when asked if that was the best result of his tenure, Symons responded: “I think so. It’s the most pleasing one, what with it being a local derby as well.
“It was a massive night for everyone connected with the football club, as we spoke about in the pre-game press conference. It’s a huge thing and I wanted to make sure we had the bragging rights come tomorrow morning, and Fulham fans will be crowing after that one, and rightly so.”
It’s the sort of result which can kickstart a club’s season, but the Whites boss wasn’t surprised to see his troops secure that sort of win.
“I think we’ve played well this season,” he said. “We had a real solid pre-season, I was delighted with that, and I think we’ve played well this season. First few games we didn’t get what I felt we deserved, but if you keep doing the right things you’ll end up getting what you deserve.
“It’s not that long ago it was ‘Symons out’ walking off after Huddersfield, and we were still doing the right things then, and we’ve continued to do that. I’ve got a really strong belief in the way we work.
“I’ve got total faith in the players as a group and the way we’ve done our recruitment, I think it’s been excellent, so I’m really pleased with it and it was just waiting for it to click and for everything to fall into place, and it did tonight.
“It’s only three points so we need to kick on from this now and this will give us great confidence, without a doubt, and we need to make sure this sort of performance becomes the norm and we can really start moving up the table.”
Whilst the goal scorers will get the headlines, any one of the Fulham team could have been named Man of the Match. Tim Ream and Richard Stearman were rocks at the back as we secured a first league clean sheet of the term, Ryan Fredericks and James Husband were a threat from full-back, while Jamie O’Hara and Ryan Tunnicliffe ran the show in the middle of the park.
“We’ve got really good players, but we’re a really good team, which is what I’m most pleased about,” Symons explained. “That, and the fact that we got a clean sheet. Those two things delighted me.
“The sum of the whole with us is without doubt worth more than the sum of the parts. Because of the types of characters we’ve got, and the spirit within the camp and the willingness to work for each other, the sum of the whole is always more and that gives us a fantastic chance to do very, very well.
“Things are coming. There’s been a lot of work, and a lot of changes that we’ve had to make, and they’re starting to pay off. If you keep doing the right things and you’ve got the right people, that will give you the right outcome.”