Fulham boss Claudio Ranieri hailed his sides ‘fighting spirit’ after their dramatic 4-2 comeback win over Brighton tonight.
The Cottagers chances of Premier League survival seemed to be slipping away when a double by veteran striker Glenn Murray put Brighton 2-0 up after just 17 minutes.
However, Fulham staged a remarkable second-half fightback, with goals from Calum Chambers, Luciano Vietto, and an Aleksandar Mitrovic brace sending Craven Cottage into hysterics and sealing a huge win for Ranieri’s side in their battle to beat the drop.
Speaking after the game, Ranieri admitted he didn’t expect his side to come back and seal all three points, but the Italian coach reckons tonight’s performance is proof that his team have the desire to stay up.
“I did not imagine this. It was great to score in the second half, and the reaction was unbelievable,” Ranieri told BBC Sport.
“I watched a very good fighting spirit. They want to survive.
“Mitrovic is a goalscorer. He plays this way, covers the ball, fights for every ball and gives spirit to everybody.
“It’s a little step but we are alive, which is very important. We know nothing is done, but we are a little more confident that something could happen.”
Despite tonight’s victory, Fulham remain in 19th place, five points from safety.