Kit Symons believes that Tim Hoogland will be fit to start Tuesday’s game at Rotherham despite being taken off midway through the first half during this afternoon’s win over Norwich City.
The German full-back was substituted just after Sean Kavanagh scored the only goal of the game, but Symons told reporters after the match that the problem was more to do with illness than the bang to the face he took in the early stages of the contest.
He’s all right, he’s had a bad head cold in the last couple of days. So rather than it being a knock and a concussion he had a bad head cold and was feeling a bit light-headed.
I don’t think (the whack) helped but I don’t think it was from that, it was more from not feeling great. But to be fair to him, I spoke to him yesterday. I said if he’s not right I won’t play him. I would never put players out there who are not fully fit.
But Tim phoned up and said he was really good and wants to go for it. So that’s showing great character and commitment to his team-mates and the football club. It didn’t work out for him today but as soon as he flagged it up we brought him off and hopefully he’ll be OK for Tuesday.
The 29 year-old is currently Fulham’s top scorer having scored four times in thirteen appearances since signing from Schalke on a free transfer in June.
Kit Symons praised his Fulham side for a battling performance after they beat league leaders Norwich 1-0 at Craven Cottage this afternoon – and credited their defensive discipline for earning all three points.
Symons identified his team’s willingness to defend from the front and shut down a Norwich side that enjoyed the majority of the possession during an engrossing encounter as the main determinant of a result that will boost his chances of earning the manager’s position on a full-time basis.
I love to see all the silky soccer and link up play that we can do, it’s brilliant. But equally that’s got to come from a solid base and that’s what the boys had to show today. There was some real resolute defending out there and there are an awful lot of tired players in the dressing room as you can imagine.
Games like that do give you a great deal of satisfaction. More importantly, they give the players a lot of belief that they can win games in that manner.
Symons singled out young defender Sean Kavanagh for particular praise after the Republic of Ireland youth international’s first senior goal proved to be the difference between the sides.
I know him from the Under-18s and Under-21s and I’ve got to say that I wouldn’t want it to fall to anyone else’s left foot. It’s his first senior goal and one I’m sure he’ll remember for a long time.
The caretaker felt the victory would do his chances of becoming Felix Magath’s permanent successor little harm, but insisted he had been given no new indication of what the future held.
I’m sure that three points as often as possible is not going to hurt my chances so I’ll just keep plugging away. While I’m in situ in this position, I’ll keep doing what I do. It’s [about] working as hard as we can with the players on the training pitch and trying to win games of football for this great football club.
Nothing’s been said about [when a decision will be made] it. It won’t be a rushed decision, I know that, it will be a considered decision and it will be the right decision, when it’s made.