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‘We can’t start like that again’ – Fulham keeper’s message ahead of Town visit

PUBLISHED: 13:39 01 January 2018

Fulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli. Photo: PA

Fulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli. Photo: PA

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Fulham keeper Marcus Bettinelli has warned his team-mates they can’t afford to start so sluggishly again ahead of tomorrow night’s Championship visit of Ipswich Town.

The Cottagers went 2-0 down inside 36 minutes at Hull on Saturday. Boss Slavisa Jokanovic responded with a double change moments later and one of those substitutes, Aboubakar Kamara, scored twice in the second half to salvage a draw.

Fulham had won five of their previous seven games, including a fine 4-2 victory at high-flying Cardiff, to climb up the table following a slow start to the campaign.

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“It was a totally different game at Cardiff, we’re not always going to have it our own way,” Bettinelli told getwestlondon.com.

“Cardiff we were at it from the start and it looked like our game the whole game. Against Hull, it only looked like one team was going to win the game and that was them.

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“We turned that around, we showed great passion and great commitment. We said at half-time whatever happens we go out and win this half and turn up and that’s what we did.

“To be two goals down and draw 2-2 away from home and realistically it only looked like one team wanted to win it, we’ll take the positives.

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“We can’t start like that again though, we can’t give ourselves that mountain to climb, but we’ll take the positives and go from there.”

Town, who have been outclassed by Fulham in their last three meetings, are level on points with their hosts in the table.

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