KIT KEEP­ING FUL­HAM FEET ON GROUND

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Michael Perkin

FUL­HAM’S fans might be look­ing up the ta­ble after a thump­ing win over Sh­effield Wed­nes­day but Kit Sy­mons is re­fus­ing to get car­ried away.

Goals from Ross McCor­mack, Shaun Hutchin­son, Lasse Vi­gen Chris­tensen and a late Cauley Woodrow penalty en­sured it was the most com­fort­able of af­ter­noons at Craven Cot­tage.

But Sy­mons knows that his side have a long way to go if they are to put their dread­ful start to the sea­sons be­hind them com­pletely and start dream­ing of the play­offs.

He said: “We’ve been on a good run but you’ve al­ways got one eye look­ing over your shoul­der and that won’t change un­til you’re math­e­mat­i­cally safe.

“There are a lot of good teams in de­cent form still be­hind us in the ta­ble, so I wouldn’t be con­ceited enough to think we’re out of that side of things.

“But at the same time we’re look­ing up as well. We’re in the kind of po­si­tion where we can look both ways in the ta­ble.

“I’m very pleased with the re­sult and per­for­mance.The most pleas­ing thing is that we started the game well and we haven’t done that enough re­cently.

“It’s another clean sheet as well. Our de­fend­ing at times hasn’t been as good as it should be but that’s two clean sheets on the spin and that gives us a great plat­form to win games.”

Ful­ham raced out of the blocks and looked to ap­ply pres­sure early on. Hugo Ro­dal­lega had a close-range shot blocked and Niko­lay Bo­durov headed over from a McCor­mack free-kick.

It was Sh­effield Wed­nes­day who had the first clear chance on 11 min­utes when Chris Maguire’s cor­ner fell to Tom Lees at the back post but the un­marked cen­tre-half could only blaze over.

The hosts re­gained their foothold in the game and Ro­dal­lega went close again mid­way through the first half with a low shot that was tipped round the post by Keiren West­wood.

But the Owls keeper had no chance on 35 min­utes after skip­per Glenn Loovens brought down Seko Fo­fana 25 yards out, al­low­ing McCor­mack to curl home a won­der­ful free-kick into the top cor­ner.

The vis­i­tors bat­tled back and almost equalised im­me­di­ately when Ste­vie May broke through but his shot was eas­ily saved by Mar­cus Bet­tinelli.

And they were made to pay on the stroke of half-time when Hutchin­son rose high­est to power in Bryan Ruiz’s free-kick from the right.

It was more of the same in the sec­ond half as Ful­ham took con­trol of the game, and McCor­mack nearly re­peated the trick on 52 min­utes but curled another free­kick wide.

Ful­ham did put the re­sult beyond doubt after 67 min­utes when a quick break from the back cul­mi­nated in Ro­dal­lega and Chris­tensen ex­chang­ing passes and the Dane slot­ting home.

And they rounded off the scor­ing in stop­page time when Woodrow drilled home from the penalty spot after Pa­trick Roberts had been hauled down by Claude Dielna, leav­ing Owls boss Stu­art Gray frus­trated with his side’s lack of scor­ing touch.

“It’s back-to-back games now where we’ve cre­ated chances,” he said. “We knew we could get down the sides of Ful­ham but at the end of the day you need to show more de­sire to get in be­hind to score a goal.

“The wor­ry­ing thing is we’re not putting the ball in the back of the net to give the de­fence a breather.

“We’ve been very solid de­fen­sively and it’s un­usual for us to con­cede two from set plays, but if you give them op­por­tu­ni­ties they have the abil­ity to score.

“We’re not ruth­less enough and we’re not tak­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity. The play­ers need to step up to the mark and start con­vert­ing.”

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Images

COT­TAGE HIGH: Ful­ham’s Ross McCor­mack cel­e­brates. In­set: Shaun Hutchin­son scores

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