Tough start for Ruiz – Kelly

Both sides came into the match on the back of miserable starts to

the season and the visitors took the lead through Ruben Rochina.

Bobby Zamora equalised for Fulham six minutes later but the home

side could not turn their pressure into the all-important winner.

Much of the talk in the pre-match build-up focused on Costa Rica

international Ruiz, who arrived on deadline day from FC Twente in a

deal worth £10.6million. However, the 26-year-old struggled on

his Fulham debut and was substituted by manager Martin Jol at

half-time, which team-mate Kelly believes was a good move. “It was

a baptism of fire, especially when you’re coming into a game

against Blackburn or someone like Stoke,” he said. “The Premier

League is a very different league and you don’t get to take two or

three touches on the ball, but he is going to learn. “He’s a

talented boy, he has come in and I am sure he will play well for us

and for the club. “It is just going to be a little bit of a

learning curve in the first couple of games. “I think the manager

was right in what he did. He gave him a half and a taste of things

so for the next few games he knows maybe what he needs to do. “But

it is a difficult one. You know you’re going to get challenges

flying in and in the Premier League that is what the game is like.

“That is what it is all about and it takes players time to adjust

but I am sure he will.” Ruiz was one of several late signings made

by Jol in a bid to bolster his ailing side. The Cottagers have

secured two points from a possible 12 but Kelly believes the signs

are promising. “It’s not a great [start],” he said. “We’ve had a

couple of difficult away games and we’ve never been famed for our

away form. “But two draws from home is not really like us. We

normally convert those draws into wins and it has been a bit

disappointing. “In the games we’ve had at home, I think we’ve had

the majority of chances and possession but have come away without

getting a win, which is disappointing. “But it is early on the

season. There is a new manager, new staff, new players and we’re

starting to gel. “I think it will come and there were glimpses of

it there, especially in the second half where we were putting on

the pressure and the crowd were really getting behind us.”