Fulham are alive! – Ranieri revels in gorgeous comeback

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30 Jan 2019, 04:32 IST
Claudio Ranieri
Fulham boss Claudio Ranieri

Claudio Ranieri declared Fulham’s probabilities of Premier League survival “alive” after a shocking 4-2 comeback win at dwelling to Brighton and Hove Albion.

Glenn Murray struck twice within the opening 17 minutes to depart Fulham trying down and out, however Ranieri’s tinkering turned the sport again in his aspect’s favour.

Tim Ream was sacrificed halfway via the primary half, Ranieri having seen sufficient of defensive disarray from his again 5, with the introduction of Tom Cairney permitting him to change to a flat 4.

Luciano Vietto then changed Andre Schurrle at half-time, nevertheless it was Aleksandar Mitrovic who supplied the spark of inspiration, organising Calum Chambers for a high quality volley within the 47th minute.

Mitrovic then confirmed his want to beat Brighton’s static defence to a excessive ball, heading within the leveller, and he rose within the field to thump dwelling Joe Bryan’s left-wing cross to place Fulham in entrance.

Vietto struck his first Premier League objective to wrap up a beautiful comeback that left Ranieri hoping 19th-placed Fulham could make up a five-point hole to security.

“It means we’re alive,” Ranieri informed a information convention after a breathless encounter at a snowy Craven Cottage.

“It is a bit step however meaning we’re alive and it is crucial. I need to see this combating spirit once more. For us all of the matches are powerful.

“It was a really unusual match. We had been down after the 17th minute, 2-0, however consider me, in that second I stated it is a lot better [to be behind] firstly. We reacted and Chambers’ objective gave us extra confidence. We deserved to win.

“Tonight we gave some good balls to Mitrovic. He’s very harmful with the crosses into the field. It is vital to ship the ball and the help to Calum was nice.

“We consider at all times, however I inform to my gamers: Get pleasure from, however tomorrow morning we restart.”

Hughton was left pissed off by missed alternatives after seeing his aspect collapse to a mystifying loss, Brighton now having gained solely one in all their previous 9 Premier League video games.

“Nearly as good as we had been within the first half, that’s how unhealthy we had been within the second half,” the Brighton boss stated.

“I believed we had possibilities to increase our lead – even at 2-1 – however as quickly as they make it 2-2 life turns into very troublesome for us.

“They could be a handful in that last third in case you enable them that area and time that we did.

“It is a disgrace that after such a superb first-half efficiency, we could not proceed like that within the second half.”

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