Tim Hoogland has urged his Fulham team-mates to put together a more complete performance against Bolton Wanderers after their come from behind victory at Birmingham on Saturday.
The German right back, who has switched to a defensive role again after a spell in midfield, has echoed the words of caretaker manager Kit Symons in calling for an end to the patchy displays that has characterised Fulham’s slow start to life in the Championship.
It’s a tough league, the second half at Birmingham was really great, but we have to remember it and play like that for 90 minutes in the next game.
Hoogland has proved an unexpected source of goals since his summer move from Schalke, with his crucial equaliser at St. Andrew’s his third in eleven appearances for Fulham.
It got a little deflection, but you need a bit of luck. If you don’t shoot, you don’t score, and it was the turning point of the game. If we were to have won 4-1 it wouldn’t have been a surprise.
Victory over Bolton at Craven Cottage tomorrow night could lift te Cottagers out of the Championship relegation zone.
Kit Symons will be offered the Fulham’s manager job on a full-time basis if he can steer his side to victory over fellow strugglers Bolton Wanderers at Craven Cottage on Wednesday, according to the Daily Telegraph.
The paper reports that the current caretaker manager has the support of the key members of Fulham’s board after winning two of his first three matches in charge, including recording the club’s first win in a traumatic Championship campaign at Birmingham on Saturday. Shahid Khan could be close to calling off what he had previously described as a ‘thorough search’ for a replacement for the sacked Felix Magath as Symons’ has impressed club officials with the way he has boosted morale during his short time in charge.
Already having regarded at Motspur Park for his impressive work with the club’s Under 18 and Under 21 sides, Symons also has three years as a player – including two promotions – at Craven Cottage and was the fans’ favourite to take over from Magath, even prior to the German coach’s dismissal after the 5-3 defeat at Nottingham Forest. His closeness to the club’s Academy set-up is seen as crucial given Fulham’s current reliance on young players.
Although Fulham were beaten 1-0 at home by Blackburn Rovers in Symons’ first game in charge, the 43 year-old former centre back guided the Whites into the fourth round of the Capital One Cup with a win over Doncaster Rovers and inspired a comeback at St. Andrew’s on Saturday to lift the Londoners off the foot of the league table.