Scott Parker reminded Fulham that their season will not be defined by results against the likes of Manchester City after losing to the league leaders.
Fulham have been creeping up the table recently and their form has made escaping the relegation zone a genuine possibility.
But their recent upturn in form suffered a setback when they lost 3-0 to City, despite holding them for the whole first half.
Fulham were the architects of their own downfall for several of those goals and were unable to bounce back. It keeps them in the relegation zone on goal difference.
Parker took plenty of positives from their brave performance, though, and vowed to bounce back.
He told BT Sport: “We tried to take the game to the best team in Europe and this division. I thought we did do that.
“We conceded silly goals in the second half, which is disappointing but the players know that.
“I asked the team to be brave and show a way about us to try and assert ourselves on Man City. For large parts they did very well but it was some silly goals really.
“We were solid and were in the game. We had our little tiny moments in the first half where we need to be more clinical.
“You have to stay more solid in the second half but the goal came straight after half time which is an uphill battle.”
Parker sees ‘massive positives’
Parker continued: “There are massive positives.
“People may look at the way the goals were conceded but if you try to take a team on like Manchester City there are risks that come from that.
“We fell short. Overall I’m very pleased.
“Big test now. Our season won’t be defined against a side like Man City. Now as always, we re-group, learn from the mistakes, take the positives and go again.”