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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.