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Ranieri glad of a clean sheet and three points

last updated Sunday 30th December 2018, 4:04 PM


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Fulham Coach Claudio Ranieri was left with a bittersweet feeling after Fulham defeated Huddersfield Town in the final fixture of 2018.

A stoppage time Aleksandar Mitrovic strike earned the Whites a 1-0 win, but it was clouded by an incident that occurred 10 minutes earlier.

Aboubakar Kamara won a penalty when he flicked the ball into Chris Löwe’s arm, and subsequently thought he deserved to take the kick.

Mitrovic – who Ranieri confirmed is the Club’s designated taker – tried to take responsibility, but Kamara refused to hand over the ball, and subsequently missed his kick.

“It’s not possible to explain, or maybe it’s easy to explain,” Ranieri stated. “When the man thinks only of himself, it’s not right.

“He didn’t respect me, the Club, his teammates, the crowd. He took the penalty, he didn’t listen because he wanted to shoot.

“It’s unbelievable. It’s the first time in my life [I’ve seen this]. Sometimes there is two players, but at the end there is respect for the man who is the nominated penalty taker.

“I will not accept Kamara taking the ball and wanting to shoot.”

Nonetheless, Fulham took a vital three points courtesy of Mitrovic’s heroics, at the end of what was a hard fought contest.

“The first half was very difficult for us,” Ranieri said. “We knew they’d press from the front, and we lost a lot of balls.

“In the second half with [Tom] Cairney as a central midfielder we found a solution, we played better and created some chances to score goals.

“It was good to score a goal at the end of the match, it was very, very important for us; a clean sheet, and three points.”























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