Gaffer talks Kit Symons, defenders and delight with his younger players.
UWE ON KIT SYMONS
Gaffer joins Symons and Peter Beardsley in celebration after the Welsh defender gave Manchester City the lead against Ipswich Town in 1998.
"Congratulations to Kit for getting the job; he’s been in the system at Fulham for a long time and he worked himself up the ladder and has experience on the international stage with Wales too.
He knows all the young players coming up through the youth system at Fulham and I think it’s a good choice from Fulham.
We have a lot of respect for each other and we wish each other well but obviously we’re competing – we’ll see how it goes, I’m happy he’s got the opportunity, though."
"For me, Fulham are still one of the favourites for automatic promotion.
I think they have a squad with a lot of experience but also a lot of youth; they have a good momentum."
ON TRAINING THIS WEEK
"We’ve had a good week; a few players have returned to fitness so we have a big pool to choose from.
That is needed, though, because we have three games in six days and we have to think forward – especially between Tuesday and Friday because we’ll have the long trip back from Brighton on the coach.
To be honest, the training before the Derby win wasn’t bad but I think after a win like that, things get easier.
There are people returning and that means we have a strong squad to train with and that affects the quality in training immediately so that’s good, the mood is good and hopefully we can take that into the game."
ON FOLLOWING UP THE DERBY PERFORMANCE
"I think we have to follow that up tomorrow; we have to make sure that is not a one-off performance because it was so strong.
It’s possible to repeat that because we’ve had a week to prepare ourselves.
Tomorrow it’s important to produce it in front of our home fans because even though it’s important to win away, it’s even more important to do it at home.
We need to score goals and be on the front like we were at Derby, if we can do that, I’m very optimistic going into our next few games where we have to compete with our whole squad."
ON ADAM FORSHAW AND EMYR HUWS IN CENTRAL MIDFIELD
"I think you saw the performance of Adam and Emyr in midfield against Derby was very impressive, especially given that Emyr had not trained very much and he’d been injured.
What they produced on the day makes me very optimistic that our younger players are now flourishing and establishing themselves in the Championship."
ON ROGER ESPINOZA
"Roger was exceptional; he was exactly how he was last year away from home because he played that role to perfection last year.
There has been a big change in Roger in the last three weeks – a very positive change – and Roger is back where he was with me last season.
In the form he’s in now, he deserves his place in the team."
ON NOT GETTING CARRIED AWAY
"I think we all have to be realistic and we all have to be calm when things aren’t going our way.
Equally, we can’t get over-excited because we won at Derby, the win was extremely important, the fashion of it was very impressive but now it’s Fulham.
We have to play in the same way on the front foot and be brave; when I talk about bravery I don’t mean kicking people about, I mean our back four on the halfway line, pressuring them in their half and I want to see that, even with the risk of the break against us.
We need to win games, we need to take some calculated chances of being on the front foot – you will win more than you lose playing like that.
In general, we have not conceded many goals but we haven’t scored many goals either so the problem we have worked on was higher up the pitch."
ON LATICS' DEFENDERS
"Compliments to the lads coming in because Emmerson Boyce, Ivan Ramis, James Perch and Andrew Taylor have been out and the players who have come in like James Tavernier and young Rob Kiernan have done well.
James was up against one of the best wingers in the division on Saturday and he also had Craig Bryson’s runs to deal with on that side as well, he had a lot of challenges but I felt he answered them and he was very good.
For him now, there’s opportunity to stay in the team by reproducing those levels of concentration and focus that he has shown in recent games.
Rob came in on short notice, did well and I think too add Maynor Figueroa to the defence as well has given us stability.
I know Maynor can, and will, defend the left side on his own, he’s a top player."