Fulham boss: Confidence is fragile, but is coming back

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Kit Symons believes that Fulham are starting to find new confidence in themselves, and he wants that turned into good performances.

The Cottagers have yet to win a Championship game this season, although they have progressed into the League Cup fourth round with two victories.

Sitting bottom of the table, head coach Felix Magath was sacked last week, and was replaced by former Academy coach Kit Symons.

The Welshman failed to provide an immediate spark, losing 1-0 at home to Blackburn Rovers, although he successfully overcame a tricky tie with Doncaster Rovers midweek - winning 2-1 after an impressive first-half performance.

The Blackburn game showed on-pitch improvements though, with the Cottagers only going down to a fortuitous goal scored by Jordan Rhodes. The West Londoners all but controlled the game in the second half, but nerves showed, and mistakes started to take hold.

The Doncaster game was similar, but Fulham’s early lead remained, although a late penalty save from Marcus Bettinelli was all that prevented the tie heading into extra-time.

The game proved that Fulham could hold on to games, and Symons believes that it has gone a long way to repairing the shattered confidence amongst the Cottagers ranks.

Speaking to the official Fulham website, the caretaker boss said: "Confidence is a very fragile thing.

"That was quite evident at times against Blackburn, there wasn’t quite the fluidity that the players are capable of and we want to achieve.

"But we actually had better possession in the second half, whilst a man light, and we passed the ball better and created better chances, better opportunities.

"We were in the game, and I said to the players, and I honestly believed, that I expected to get get something from it - and we very nearly did.

"That’s what we are capable of doing, and as the confidence builds, which it is on a daily basis, the belief will come back into the players game.”

Fulham travel to Birmingham on Saturday, looking to record a first Championship win of the season - a win that could go a long way in helping the Cottagers catalyse their season.

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