Kit needs miracle play-off push
FULHAM manager Kit Symons all but wrote off his side’s chances of making the Championship play-offs following defeat at Blackburn.
Symons watched his team go two goals behind when Ben Marshall and Jordan Rhodes gave the Cottagers a mountain to climb before Ross McCormack hit back to throw Fulham a lifeline.
But despite Symons’ admission, he firmly believes his squad still have a bright future ahead of them, while Rovers boss Gary Bowyer lauded his own team’s winning display.
“It would take a monumental run of games for us to make the play-offs now,” Symons said.
“We are capable of putting it together but it will be very, very difficult from here.
“We created quite a few opportunities but I am very disappointed because we didn’t get what we deserved.
“We put in a good shift and played some really good football so it is a tough one to take. The substitutions gave us a different dimension and from then on we started causing Blackburn big problems.
“I was proud of the performance but we gave away two poor goals. But this team is developing all the time and I have high hopes. I believe in this group of players massively and they are starting to believe in themselves more too.”
Blackburn’s Jason Steele reacted well to keep out Cauley Woodrow’s ninth-minute effort after McCormack’s through ball gave him a clean sight of goal.
And Marshall responded to put Rovers ahead three minutes later when he slotted past Marcus Bettinelli in the Fulham goal.
Rhodes’ volley was saved by Bettinelli moments later before Woodrow missed the target at the other end after running onto Scott Parker’s pass.
Craig Conway then struck the Fulham upright with a delightful curling strike.
But Woodrow almost equalised for the Cottagers two minutes before half-time when his header shaved the Rovers post.
Rhodes headed over from Conway’s free-kick ten minutes into the second-half and Hugo Rodallega failed to find a killer touch when Ashley Richards drifted a Fulham set-piece his way on the hour.
Rhodes then bagged his tenth of the season, heading home from six yards when he met Marcus Olsson’s 61st-minute cross.
But Woodrow soon rattled the Blackburn crossbar from Lasse Vigen Christensen’s cut-back.
And Fulham halved the deficit when McCormack tapped in on 66 minutes to spark new life into the game. However, it was Rovers who went closest in the final stages, Conway’s 83rd-minute shot being beaten away by Bettinelli with Rhodes putting the rebound over the bar.
Blackburn boss Bowyer said: “Full credit has to go to the players because they showed great confidence to bounce back from a disappointing result at Derby.
“They thoroughly deserved the win but it’s important that we keep a level head.
“We knew we would have our hands full with Fulham’s attacking options but we defended ever so well.
“We showed the threat we have and we took our goals really well. Inside the dressing room we all know what we’re capable of.
“Now we want to try and get a run going because the games will come thick and fast.”
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