Fulham caretaker manager Kit Symons has hailed goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli’s performance in Saturday’s 2-1 win at Birmingham City, after two vital saves either side of half-time allowed his side to produce an impressive comeback.
The 22-year-old was making his second-consecutive start for the Whites, after his spot-kick save on Tuesday night helped the club claim a 2-1 Capital One Cup victory over Doncaster Rovers, and that recent impact has not been lost on Symons.
‘Marcus is an excellent keeper, we’ve known that for a long, long time,’ he told the club’s official website.
‘He been throw in the first team maybe earlier than he would have imagined, and maybe we imagined. But he’s been given an opportunity and he’s taken it, and sometimes that’s the way things work out.
‘He can’t do a lot more than that, a penalty save to win us the cup game on Tuesday night and an inspired performance today. He’ll be very pleased, and I’m very pleased with him.’
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Saturday’s result was Fulham’s first league win since a 1-0 top-flight victory over Norwich City on 12 April, with the three points moving the club off the bottom of the Championship table at the expense of Blackpool.
Symons' chances of succeeding the much-maligned Felix Magath on a permanent basis have no doubt increased even further over the past week but, having taken just four points from their nine league games so far, there is some way to go to get the Cottagers back where fans expect them to be.