John Arne Riise apologised to our travelling fans, as six second-half goals made it a day to forget at the KC Stadium.
Hull City swept René Meulensteen’s team aside as Ahmed Elmohamady and Robert Koren started and finished the 6-0 rout. The Whites had entered the game in positive mood following their Boxing Day defeat of Norwich City.
However, Steve Bruce’s side put a stop to any extension of the festivities as Fulham failed to build on their recent improvement.
“Before I talk about the game itself I’d just like to apologise to all the fans,” explained John to fulhamfc.com. “They deserved more than that, we let them down. We appreciate the support that they give both at home and on our travels.
“I don’t think we played particularly well in the first half but, at the same time, I don’t think Hull put us under too much pressure either. At the break, we really believed that we could get something from the game. I’d had a good chance earlier on, but we needed to create more.
“But what unfolded was a dumbfounding 45 minutes of football. They scored six goals in quick succession and, as a result, we looked totally shocked. I don’t think anyone saw that result coming and, of course, it was very difficult to take.”
Under the guidance of Head Coach Meulensteen, Fulham have made strides. Although results may not have gone their way, the application and desire shown by the players has been impressive.
“We came into the game with a lot of confidence and we wanted to build on the win at Norwich and the performances of late,” added 33-year-old Riise. “I’ve been in the game for a long time, and sometimes you just have to hold your hands up and admit that you weren’t good enough.
“This defeat has hurt us, make no mistake about that. There’s no getting away from it, but we just have to do our best to move on and put things right. We didn’t keep the ball very well, we gave them too much time in key areas of the pitch and made too many mistakes.
“This serves as a reminder of what happens when you take your foot off the gas – at this level you get punished. But it’s important that we don’t forget the good progress that we've made lately; we need to concentrate on moving out of the bottom three.”
The Whites have a chance to do just that when they host West Ham United at the Cottage on Wednesday. We go into that encounter in 18th place, one position and one point above our opponents from East London.
“It would have been nice to have ended the year with a win, but we just have to make sure that we open 2014 with three points,” said John. “The game against West Ham on New Year’s Day is a big one, and a chance to open a bit of a gap between us and them.
“It’s still very tight down at the bottom and we know that one win could move us out of the danger zone and into a better position. We have 16 points, while Swansea City and Stoke City, who are 11th and 12th respectively, have 21.
“It’s not easy, and we know that there's a lot of hard work ahead, but we’re determined to turn things around. We need to make it up to the fans in a big way, so hopefully we can give them something to cheer in the next game.”