Stephen Kelly has claimed that he is disappointed with the fact that Fulham were unable to convert a second half full of dominance into a win against Blackburn Rovers, but believes that the club’s fortunes will change soon as the team are beginning to gel.
Kelly did not start the game but came off of the bench to feature in a strong second half in which he felt Fulham should have gone on to secure the club’s first Premier League win of the season.
He told fulhamfc.com: “Overall we were disappointed that we didn’t come away with all three points on Sunday, especially considering the amount of possession we had in the second half,
“We coped well with them [Blackburn Rovers] defensively, but as I said, we’re just disappointed that we didn’t get the win. We’re starting to gel and you could see in the second half against Blackburn the pressure we put them under - we were really going for it.
"We’ve have a couple of tough away games and two draws at home is not like us because we usually turn those into wins so it’s been a bit disappointing.
"I think in the games we’ve played at home we’ve had the majority of chances and possession but not come away with the wins. It’ll come and it’s early in the season
“As a defender it’s not that often you get the chance to come on from the bench but you always have to be ready.
“I got the opportunity to come on and show what I can do on the back of a good result with Ireland earlier in the week.
“I was very happy with my performance. It was a good, solid performance and we were able to nullify their threat in the second half.”
Martin Jol will hope his side will have better luck on Thursday as they face FC Twente in their Europa League clash, they will be looking to take advantage of inside information from Brian Ruiz who has only recently signed for Fulham from the Dutch club.
Kelly went on to say: "We’ve got a lot of games coming up and the manager’s brought in players that can play in different positions and adapt. Bryan [Ruiz] can play on the wing, up front or off the front man in an attacking midfield position.
“The new singings give us more options so that when we need to change things we can. In the games we have [Europa League and Premier League] that is something we’re going to have to do to make sure our Premier League form remains strong.
“We’ll do our work and preparation on [FC Twente] this week and I’m sure we’ll be picking Bryan’s [Ruiz] brain for how they’ll attack us.
“They’re a good side that won the Dutch championship a few years ago and we’re expecting it to be a tough game. It’s an opportunity for us to get a good foothold in the group stage early on and get a home win.”
Kelly also moved to praise Ruiz ahead of the clash, and feels he will be a success at Craven Cottage.
“The Premier League is a very unique and you don’t get the chance to take two or three touches on the ball," Kelly added.
“It’s going to be a learning curve for him in the first couple of games and the manager’s given him a taste so now he knows what he needs to do.
“It’s difficult – you’re going to get challenges flying in because that’s what the Premier League is like. He’s a talented boy and I’m sure he’ll do well for the club.”
Martin Jol’s side have only managed to win once this season, against Dnipro in the Europa League qualifying stages, only managing two points so far in the Premier League.