Scott Parker warned Fulham that they need to find motivation from within after admitting their reaction against Everton came too late.
Fulham have won just one of their first nine games back in the Premier League after winning promotion last season. Their latest defeat was a 3-2 reverse to Everton.
Parker’s side went behind inside the first minute. Although they equalised, Everton were 3-1 up by half-time.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek reduced the deficit with 20 minutes to go, but the fightback was too little, too late – and Parker knows it.
He told BBC Sport: “Improved in the second half but three goals down, I have stood here many times, you can’t go on to score four goals to win games.
“A reaction? Yes for sure but it came too late. First half as always we played some nice stuff, showed what we were about but any second ball we came out second best. It is not the way it needs to be.
“There were errors of course, there needs to be an intensity about us. A football match is first and foremost is decided on putting an aggression, putting your stamp on things and after that you build your way into the game but we didn’t do that.”
Fulham shouldn’t need ‘telling off at half-time’
“We gave a reaction in the second half but it shouldn’t have to come from a telling off at half-time, it should come from within.
“Fine margins in this game and I get the fine margins but what I can’t accept from my team is that in the first half at times we were second best to 50-50 challenges. We got it out in the second half but it was too late.
“Some big positives as always but I want to win football matches, I want us to be successful and I feel for sure we can.”