Nervous time for Fulham, Symons admits

Fulham manager Kit Symons admitted his players were affected by anxiety in their 1-1 draw at home to fellow strugglers Rotherham.

The Whites had to come from behind to rescue a point and their Championship survival is not yet guaranteed.

Symons said: “It’s an anxious time for the football club and people are getting concerned and worried, as you might expect.

“It was a very nervous start. In the first half we were awful and it took a huge improvement in the second half to get to just a bit better than awful.

“We showed good character to come from a goal behind but didn’t play anywhere near as well as we can do.

“When you’re not getting it all your own way you need to be able to dig and fight, and it wasn’t happening in the first half.”

Third-from-bottom Millwall have a game in hand on Symons’ side, who face relegated Blackpool on Saturday.

Symons added: “Nervousness and confidence are difficult things to affect and change.

“You try your best by talking to the players, trying to to take the pressure off, but it’s a difficult thing to do. You can say all you like until that whistle goes, then it’s down to the boys on the pitch.

“There’s still a bit to do. We are limping closer to safety. I would have liked to see us sprinting over the line but it’s not to be.

“The sooner we get the points needed I might start sleeping and eating a bit better.”

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