Fulham ‘couldn’t get going’ – Symons

Fulham boss Kit Symons blamed the 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Bournemouth on his players’ failure to match the intensity of recent performances.

The Whites were comprehensively routed at Craven Cottage, with Fernando Amorebieta sent off and Matt Smith scoring his first Fulham goal.

It was a complete reversal of the display against Derby, whom they beat 2-0, and was also well short of their performance in defeat at Watford.

Symons said: “All I can put it down to is three games in a week against three top sides.

“We managed to get ourselves up for the first two but we couldn’t get going at all tonight. It looked like a top-against-bottom clash.

“Bournemouth were very good but I’m bitterly disappointed with our performance.”

Symons admitted his side were still very much in a relegation battle, despite a gap of eight points to the bottom three.

He added: “Until we’re mathematically safe we’re going to be conscious of what’s below us.

“No-one is under any illusions. Everyone knows where we are. It’s a slight cushion but it’s nowhere near enough points.”

Ashley Richards missed the game against Bournemouth with an ankle injury but is expected to be fit for the trip to Sheffield Wednesday next Saturday.

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