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McDonald says going down to 10 men not ideal

last updated Tuesday 15th August 2017, 9:55 AM


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Fulhan midfielder Kevin McDonald admitted Saturday's situation of going down ten men so early at Reading wasn't ideal for him on a personal level.

After battling back from injury, the Scotsman started in central midfield, arguably the toughest position in a starting XI.

McDonald spent a whole day recovering on Sunday and Monday morning before the Cottagers travelled north ahead of Tuesday's game at Leeds United.

Reflecting on Tomas Kalas' early dismissal, he knew he was in for a tough afternoon.

"I didn't really need that, to be honest. I told that to the coaches after the game," McDonald said post-match.

"When I saw the red card for Kalas, I thought 'I'm going to be in danger here heading into the final minutes', but I managed to get through it and it was nice to be back out on the pitch.

"We aren't getting a day off (at the time of speaking), there will be all sorts of recovery for me. Then we'll be travelling up to Leeds and it's a long journey, but that's the life of a footballer.

"You have got your shakes, your therapies, massage - it's part and parcel of what we do so we'll recover right."

The opening couple of games have produced draws, but considering the circumstances, McDonald was delighted to come away with a result against the odds.

And now he says if Fulham can play like that with a man less, imagine playing the same way with 11.

"Some games in the league you get bad points, but this one was fantastic coming to a difficult place and playing 11vs10 for the 90 minutes," said McDonald.

"We knew it was going to hard but fortunately enough we stuck to our jobs and changed the shape a bit and we managed to get a goal later on. That was a bonus.

"Lucas (Piazon) runs around and gives us 110 per cent, whether it's ten minutes or 90 minutes, so I am glad for him getting the equaliser.

"We kept our shape well throughout, shuffling across for the 90 minutes, and it shows that this Fulham team can do that.

"If we can do that with ten men we need to show we can do it with 11."



















Source Mark Ritson at GetWestLondon
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