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Symons unimpressed with Hutchinsons tackle

last updated Saturday 15th August 2015, 10:49 PM

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Fulham Manager Kit Symons
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Fulham manager Kit Symons was critical of Shaun Hutchinson's late challenge that led to Brighton's match-winning penalty after seeing his side h it by what the Cottagers boss described as a " classic sucker-punch" .

The hosts, having seen Tom Cairney cancel out Sam Baldock's opener for Brighton in the first half, were pushing for the victory in the closing stages but a foul by Hutchinson on Kazenga Lualua on the edge of the box saw the visitors awarded a stoppage-time penalty.

Fulham defender Shaun Hutchinson
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And Tomer Hemed tucked away the resulting kick, much to the frustration of Symons, who felt his side were the only ones who looked likely to win the game in the closing stages.

Symons had no complaints about the awarding of Brighton's match-winning penalty, but was less than impressed about Hutchinson's challenge.

He added: "I have seen the penalty back a few times and it's very difficult to call.

Possibly the initial contact was just outside but he is travelling at pace and it's quite hard to tell even stopping and rewinding it back from a couple of different angles, it's hard to tell.

"I have no arguments with the award of the penalty but I have a few arguments with the defending that gave it away.

"It was a rash challenge absolutely. He (Hutchinson) thought the initial contact was outside.

I'm not going to complain about the referee giving it but Hutch knows it was a rash challenge at that stage of the game."

Symons said Brighton's winner was a "classic sucker-punch" as Fulham were trying to get the win.

He said: "In the first half we were poor, they were the better team, we rode our luck and were lucky to go in at 1-1 but saying that we could have gone it at 2-1 because Matty (Smith) hit the post.

"We bucked our ideas up in the second half and upped our tempo, and it was obvious to everyone we were the better side at that stage and looked the most like winning.

They made changes to shore it up and take a point but we got caught with a classic sucker-punch and I'm disappointed. We've got to our jobs at both ends of the pitch.".

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