Symons insists Fulham will not be safe until mathematically so after Bournemouth loss

Fulham 1-5 Bournemouth

Kit Symons knows his Fulham side are still in a battle to stay up after being thrashed at home by Bournemouth on Friday night.

Defeat, coupled with Rotherham’s win over Huddersfield today, left the Cottagers only one place above the drop zone after a run of one win in nine league games.

But they do have the safety of an eight-point gap to both Wigan Athletic and Millwall below them after the pair both lost this weekend – not that Symons is taking that for granted.

He said: “Until we are mathematically safe we have to get as many points as we can. We are conscious of what’s below us.

“No one is under any illusions. You only have to look at the table. Everyone is fully aware of where we are.

“It looked like top against bottom on Friday. All credit to Bournemouth but we are bitterly disappointed with the performance.”

Brett Pitman opened the scoring for the Cherries before Matt Ritchie doubled the lead at the end of the first half.

Pitman and Ritchie both scored again in the second half either side of a Matt Smith goal, with Steve Cook adding a fifth late on.

Fernando Amorebieta was also sent off when the score was 3-1 to compound Fulham’s misery.

Symons admitted his disappointment but was pleased with the contribution of Smith, who returned to the club last week after scoring 13 goals in 20 appearances on loan at Bristol City.

He said: “I wasn’t happy with the result at Watford but I took a lot of consolation out of the performance, but there’s not many positives to take from this game other than Matt coming on and scoring for us.

“I’m pleased for him, he’s come back in, he’s hungry and he took his goal very well and could have had a second one when he went through again, so that’s one small consolation I can take.

“They were very good, I said when we played them down there that I thought they were the real deal and I’m not going to change my opinion.”

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