We are setting 'high standards', says Fulham star

Fulham recorded their first home win of the Championship season with a 4-0 victory over Bolton Wanderers.

Caretaker manager Kit Symons has overseen the change in form, winning two of the three games he has taken charge of.

A 2-1 victory at Birmingham on Saturday gave the Cottagers their first three points of the season, before a midweek destruction of Bolton took the West Londoners to seven points - just two points from safety.

Despite Bolton’s weaknesses this season, with the Trotters currently sitting in the relegation places themselves, the performance put in by Fulham was undoubtedly their best display of the season, and a fourth goal of the season for Tim Hoogland capped the performance heading into the final 10 minutes of action.

Hoogland has been the Cottagers standout performer this season, and he told the official Fulham website how delighted he was with the victory, and the high standards being set in the last two games.

The former Schalke man said: “It’s absolutely amazing.

A win like that has been a long time coming, but now we have our first home win and we’re very happy about that.

“We set a high standard on Wednesday and now we have to do this every week, and then it will be difficult to beat us.

“This is very important for the whole season, that we had a clean sheet and scored four goals, and it’s a little bit better for our goal difference.”

Since the arrival of Symons, performances have noticeably improved from under the reign of former head coach Felix Magath, although the squad have managed to only uphold the better performances for one half of playing action. However, the victory over Bolton was the first full game that brought an improvement, and Hoogland revealed that the squad had been working on improving the consistency during match days.

The midfielder added: "This is what we talked about inside the dressing room over the last few days; that we have to keep it up for 90 minutes.

“I think against Bolton it was great in both halves and I’m absolutely happy with how it went. We will continue to develop every day.”

Fulham will be looking to continue their strong run of form this weekend, with the Cottagers traveling to the Riverside Stadium on Saturday to face promotion chasing Middlesbrough.

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