Aaron's Assessment

Monday 3 December 2012 11:55

Aaron Hughes was in disbelief at full-time on Saturday as Fulham went down 3-0 to Tottenham Hotspur at Craven Cottage.

After an even opening 45 minutes, Spurs were clinical in the second period and left SW6 with a flattering scoreline to their name.

Sandro’s speculative drive from 35 yards broke the deadlock, before a brace from in-form frontman Jermain Defoe made the game safe for the visitors, and Aaron believes that losing by three goals was harsh on his side.

“I thought first half we did okay, even in the second half,” Aaron told fulhamfc.com. “We just conceded three weird goals, I guess.

“It didn’t feel like a 3-0 defeat. I stood there looking at the scoreboard and couldn’t believe it was 3-0, so it must have just been one of those games. But we’ve just got to accept it and get on with it now and deal with it, and it’s important we don’t let our heads drop too much.

“We’ll have a look at it and see where we could have improved and what we could have done a little bit better, defensively and attackingly, and we’ll go from there.

“When you’re at home you want to try and take the game to the opposition and that can sometimes leave you a little bit exposed in midfield and at the back. I thought it was just one of those days where we’ll have to write it off and go on and pick things up again.”

The defeat was a frustrating end to a week which had already seen us pick up a valuable point at Stamford Bridge, but our centre-back insists it’s important we don’t dwell on the weekend’s disappointment.

“After the great performance and the great point we got in midweek at Chelsea, I think it’s important to try and keep level headed about it,” he explained. “Everyone was really high and buoyant after Wednesday, so it’s important that we don’t get too low after the Spurs game.

“We have to try and stay somewhere in the middle and keep going because there’s a long way to go and we’ve got a busy period at Christmas where we can pick up points, so let’s just keep going.”

After playing three games in eight days, the Whites now have a little more recuperation time before we welcome Newcastle United to the Cottage on Monday 10th December (8pm).

“We’ve got a little bit of time between now and the next match so we can recharge a little bit and we’ve got plenty of time for recovery,” Aaron said. “We’ve got a few little niggles and knocks so hopefully it gives them a couple of days to heal and repair and that means we go into the game with Newcastle with as full a squad as we can.”