Fulham manager Scott Parker couldn’t hide his frustration after claiming “you can lose matches but there are ways to do that and I wasn’t pleased with this one.”
Fulham spurned the chance to lift themselves out of the relegation zone after a match that promised so much ultimately ended in defeat. Aleksandar Mitrovic capitalised on a Tyrone Mings blunder to put the Cottagers ahead.
But a late Trezeguet-inspired blitz would produce three unanswered goals as Fulham were powerless to prevent the contest slipping away.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the match, Parker said: “It’s a difficult one to be honest. We had a poor 15 minutes after we got our noses in front.
“I am disappointed with the way it goes. They got into the game at 1-1 and they were easy goals, silly goals. That has let us down.
“I have got half an idea how that happened. At certain moments in the game you have to understand where you are and what you need and we didn’t manage that. Sometimes you need to be horrible, play the game in the right territory. There are two sides to every football match.
“We were walking away with one point with 15 minutes to go and then we were sloppy. It’s a young team but we were naive and made silly mistakes. Where we are in the season and as a team you have to eradicate them.
“You can lose matches but there are ways to do that and I wasn’t pleased with this one.
“It’s easy to pick the players up. We were in an unbelievable position, this is a bump on the road. We have proven that we can respond and regroup all season.
“We will be brutally honest with ourselves, we were not good enough for 15 minutes but there are seven games left and everything to play for.”