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Fulham manager Kit Symons hailed Fulham's resilience after they twice fought back to earn a point at Wigan as both sides finished with 10 men in the 3-3 draw.

Bryan Ruiz scored twice and his late penalty rescued a point for the Whites, who had Ross McCormack sent off.

"It was an entertaining affair - I think the Wigan fans and our supporters who travelled would be quite happy with their entertainment," Symons said.

"There are two ways of looking at the result.To be 2-1 up at half-time leaves you a little bit disappointed not to win the game.

"But to be 3-2 down and a man light inside the last 10 minutes, you'd take a point so that's what we'll be focusing on."

"They have got real character," Symons said.

"The three things I talk about all the time are trust, honesty and belief - they showed that in abundance today and delighted with them to a man."

"I don't think I'll last too long if they're all like that," he said.



"It was similar to Rotherham a few weeks ago when we were behind three times but fought back.

"There's some real character in this squad, and the resilience was on show once again.

"The three things I always talk about are trust, honesty and belief, and they were there in abundance today.

"I was as amazed as anyone to see us sitting there on one point from the first seven games with the quality in the squad.

"It beggared belief, but I can't do anything about what went on before.

"What I can say is that the players have responded well, and I will keep challenging them to raise that bar."

The result continued Fulham's upturn in fortunes under Symons, who took caretaker charge following the sacking of Felix Magath and was this week installed as manager on a permanent basis.

"As a group they were very low when I first took over, they have shown resilience and character," Symons added.

But he was less impressed with Konstantinos Stafylidis giving away a penalty for a clumsy tackle on Callum McManaman and McCormack being sent off for a second booking following a heated exchange with James McClean.

"Something that will cost us is ill-discipline, and I've spoken to them about it - giving away silly penalties as we did in the first half and picking up a silly yellow for the sending off," Symons said.

"If we could tighten up on our some of our discipline in things we do on the pitch we will be alright."























Source Andrew Aloia at WestLondonSport/London24

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