BURN’S NIGHT

Ful­ham de­fender Dan Burn scores on his first ap­pear­ance as cap­tain

The Football League Paper - - INSIDE - By Rajan Man­gat

IF FUL­HAM fans have heard enough about Felix Ma­gath and dairy prod­ucts, then Dan Burn has good news with the gi­ant de­fender be­liev­ing Kit Sy­mons and the Ger­man are like chalk and cheese.

With just one point from the first eight Cham­pi­onship games fol­low­ing last sea­son’s rel­e­ga­tion, Ma­gath was shown the Craven Cot­tage exit door ten days ago.

No sooner had the Ger­man – once de­scribed as the last dic­ta­tor in Europe – been booted out the hor­ror sto­ries started, the most bizarre be­ing him urg­ing for­mer cap­tain Brede Han­ge­land to cure an in­jured thigh with a block of cheese soaked in al­co­hol.

Tak­ing the reins since Ma­gath’s de­par­ture has been Sy­mons, the Welsh­man in­stalled as care­taker hav­ing led Ful­ham’s U21s to the FA Youth Cup fi­nal last year, los­ing out over two legs to Chelsea.

And it was two of his for­mer pro­teges who shone in the mid­week Cap­i­tal One Cup vic­tory over Don­caster Rovers with Burn in­stalled as cap­tain and scor­ing, while goal­keeper Mar­cus Bet­tinelli saved a Theo Robin­son penalty in the 2-1 win.

Adamant

That was just Ful­ham’s sec­ond win of the sea­son but Burn is adamant Sy­mons would be the per­fect man for the job.

“I’d like to see Sy­mons stay on, I had him as my U21s coach, and he’s a very good coach, a very good guy, and he’s popular with the fans,” Burn said.

“I think we need sta­bil­ity in the club, and I’m sure the chair­man is as­sess­ing his op­tions, but I’d love Kit to get the job.

“It feels a lot more or­gan­ised on the pitch, ev­ery­one knows their po­si­tions and we’ve been do­ing a lot of video anal­y­sis on teams we’re play­ing.

“You saw Bryan Ruiz, Hugo Ro­dal­lega, and Ross McCor­mack link­ing up against Don­caster and they were just amaz­ing, I’m glad I wasn’t Don­caster’s two cen­tre­halves.

“We’re a lot more or­gan­ised, Kit just wants peo­ple en­joy­ing their foot­ball, train­ing’s been re­ally good, there a lot of small­sided games, and it’s more about con­fi­dence.”

Ahead of yes­ter­day’s clash with Birm­ing­ham, Ful­ham had shipped 19 goals, the worst in the Cham­pi­onship.

Us­ing three goal­keep­ers al­ready this sea­son hasn’t helped mat­ters, but Burn be­lieves they have more than enough fire­power at the other end to keep them afloat – and he is keen to get in on the act after break­ing his duck on Wed­nes­day.

“We know with the squad we’ve got we shouldn’t be any­where near the bot­tom of the ta­ble,” he added.

“We’ve got Bryan, a World Cup player, Ross who bags goals for fun, and if we can shut up shop at the back, there’s no doubt we can score goals.

“For one rea­son or another Bryan wasn’t start­ing, and Hugo needed a boost, con­fi­dence wise, and I think after the Not­ting­ham For­est game, where he and Ross scored, they showed they can rip this league up on their day.

Hon­our

“Just be­fore the Don­caster game Kit said that I would be skip­per for the night, and it’s an ab­so­lute hon­our, I’ve al­ways said I’d love to cap­tain this club. It was great to walk out, I had my girl­friend and brother up in the Cot­tage as well, so it was a re­ally good night.

“I’ve not scored for Ful­ham at all, not even in the U21s, and I’ve been here three-and-a-bit sea­sons, so it’s about time I got a goal.

“Last time I scored was about a year ago and for me I should re­ally be adding a few more goals.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Images

SMILES BET­TER: Dan Burn salutes his Cup goal in mid­week. In­set: Felix Ma­gath. Be­low: Kit Sy­mons

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