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Kit Symons hopes to start tonight

last updated Wednesday 29th November 2000, 10:05 AM
Fulham manager Jean Tigana tonight looks set to further his club's reputation for being the Manchester United of the Nationwide League.

The Frenchman has a large squad, uses a player rotation system and his team looks streets ahead of everyone else in the First Division.

He also has a habit of fielding weakened teams in the Worthington Cup. That is likely to continue against Premiership Derby in the fourth round at Craven Cottage tonight.

Tigana may not have the resources to make as many changes as Manchester United's Sir Alex Ferguson, but his policy gives fringe players a chance to shine.

"When you get a chance to play you just have to do your very best and hope it impresses the manager," said defender Kit Symons.

"I have been stuck on the sidelines for a lot of the season but have been used in the Worthington Cup games.

"I can only hope I can do enough to persuade the manager to give me a run in the first team."

Symons played 38 games last season before Tigana became manager.

This season the 29-year-old has played seven times, three of them cup matches, with nearly half the season gone. But it is testament to the set-up created by Tigana that he is prepared to bide his time at Fulham.

"This is like a top club already in terms of the organisation," said Symons.

"We may not be big enough yet but the infrastructure is right.

"Some people might think it is a bit odd for a First Division team to have squad rotation but promotion is the be all and end all for us this season and the manager wants to have good players to cover injuries, suspensions and tiredness."
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