The Cottagers poor start to the season has ensured that the sides performance now becomes very much secondary and the 3 points everything. The victory against Brighton earlier today wasn't fully convincing and the hosts may complain of rotten luck in defeat but the valuable points were won and at this stage that is all that really matters.
What has become noticeable in the Kit Symons era is the new found resilience and fight to the death attitude he has instilled in the team. Today was another example of this as his Fulham side battled back from 1-0 down to earn an invaluable 2-1 win over Brighton. This comeback followed the pattern of a few recent matches such as the victory over Birmingham and draws with Wigan, followed by Blackpool.
After an even first half in which a mixture poor attacking play and last ditch defending kept the score at 0-0, an old face would come back to haunt Fulham. Having looked a threat all match, Darren Bent opened the scoring with a first time finish past the despairing Marcus Bettinelli. The away sides response was impressive though. Ross McCormack twice threatened before new fan favourite, Hugo Rodallega, tucked home emphatically from a Lasse Vigen Christenson assist. The Colombian making up for a bad miss in the opening stages of the second period in the process.
Energized by the equalizer Fulham pushed for a winner and got it in the 77th minute, after Christenson stuck out a leg to divert a Bryan Ruiz shot past former Cottager, David Stockdale. In all honesty either side could have nicked it in an end-to-end second half. On the whole the Whites had the better chances but Brighton will still be ruing a result that could well have gone in their favor. Adrian Colunga was dismissed for the hosts near the end as Fulham clung on to earn a memorable away win and the perfect response to a sickening West-London derby defeat at the hands of Brentford. Next up Watford on Friday as Symons men look to instill some much needed consistency in the race for the play-offs!