Symons frustrated by poor performance after Fulham lose to Brighton

Kit Symons was downhearted following Fulham’s 2-0 defeat to Brighton which lifted them out of the Sky Bet Championship relegation zone.

The Seagulls earned their first win in nine games courtesy of a penalty from Adrian Colunga in the 60th minute, and a late strike from substitute Solly March.

Fulham manager Symons offered no excuses, and felt his side just weren’t good enough on the day to warrant anything from the match.

“It was a poor first half. It took them to score the penalty to spur us into any sort of life at all really. We had a little bit of a spell but we just weren’t good enough tonight, the quality wasn’t there, so it was very disappointing,” he said.

“There are no excuses for being as poor as we were tonight. I can’t put my finger on why, but there weren’t many positives to take from tonight and it’s very frustrating and disappointing.”

The first-half was dominated by the Seagulls as Marcus Bettinelli made fine saves from Colunga and Elliott Bennett.

However, the pressure eventually told on Fulham’s defence as Kostas Stafylidis brought down Elliott Bennett in the penalty area. Colunga calmly dispatched the penalty scoring his fourth goal of the season.

The Cottagers briefly burst into life as David Stockdale was forced into a fantastic save from Sean Kavanagh’s curling effort, but the game was put beyond Fulham’s reach as March clipped the ball into the net following Joao Teixeira’s through ball.

Symons gave credit to Brighton for their performance, but felt the manner of the defeat was the most difficult thing to accept.

He said: “[Brighton] had a right go, and fair do to them, you’d expect nothing else from any team really.

“They’re not in the greatest of positions themselves so they should be fighting and scrapping and that’s what they did so full credit to them.

“I wouldn’t take anything away from them at all but I was more disappointed with our performance than anything else.”

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