Kit Symons ‘livid’ with Fulham’s defending after first-half collapse against Wolverhampton Wanderers

Kit Symons was seething at his Fulham side after conceding three first-half goals as they succumbed to defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers last night.

Wolves skipper Danny Bath put the hosts in front before Bakary Sako struck twice in the final five minutes of the first-half.

Fulham looked more dangerous before the break but couldn’t find the net and Symons felt his side deserved nothing from the game after conceding poor goals.

“Frustrated is an understatement. I’m absolutely fuming, livid – call it what you want,” said Symons.

“The performance, both halves, was good. But if you defend and concede goals like that you’re asking for trouble and you don’t deserve anymore.

“The way we played at 1-0 down, we had a couple of gilt-edged chances, Ross [McCormack] had a fantastic opportunity, we should have had an absolute stonewall penalty for handball at 1-0 – how the referee’s missed that goodness only knows.

“But we don’t take our chances and then concede two really sloppy goals in the last four or five minutes of the first half and suddenly 3-0 becomes a mountain to climb.”

Fulham looked lively in the first hour following Bath’s near-post header from Sako’s corner in the tenth minute with Ross McCormack wasting their best opening when he fired straight at home keeper Tomasz Kuszczak.

The visitors kept pushing forward but couldn’t find the net and were punished when Sako’s 40th minute strike from the edge of the box flew into keeper Marcus Bettinelli’s right-hand corner of the goal.

Sako added a third five minutes later when he scored a similar goal from the left side of the box which beat Bettinelli at his near post.

Fulham tried to reduce the deficit after the break but they struggled to create opportunities allowing Wolves to take the three points.

Symons added: “There’s always a concern about what’s over your shoulder and we’re well aware of where we are.”

“We’ve got tough games coming up as well so we’re under absolutely no illusions whatsoever.

“But we’re saying the same things week in, week out – the performance is alright but we’re a bit unlucky here and there, things like that, and I’m getting fed up of it.”

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