Billy McKinlay professed himself delighted with Fulham’s response to Saturday’s 4-0 drubbing at Everton after the Whites grabbed their first-ever win at Anfield this evening.
The Fulham first-team coach deputised for ill manager Martin Jol on the touchline again and had a far better experience than the one he endured across Stanley Park at the weekend. A strike from Alex Kacaniklic, which deflected in off Martin Skrtel, gave the visitors an early lead that they rarely looked like relinquishing. Indeed, Fulham might have made their margin of victory more impressive with Alexander Doni twice denying Clint Dempsey and substitute Kerim Frei striking a post in the second half.
I’m delighted with the result. We started really well, got an early goal and played some good football. Overall, I’m really delighted with the performance.
Saturday was a difficult result for us. We were unhappy with how we performed so I knew I would get a reaction here. Liverpool put us under a little bit of pressure and in the second half they started on the front foot with some dangerous balls into the box which I thought we coped with quite well.
As the game progressed we had two or three chances to sew it up, so I am really pleased. We are always confident we can get a result, regardless of who we play, so that was uppermost in our mind.
McKinlay admitted he was looking forward to reporting back to Jol, who is still recovering from a chest infection, this evening with more positive news than he had to relay after the dismal defeat at Everton:
It will be a better conversation than I had with him after the game on Saturday, so I will give him a call soon.