Manager Martin Jol was left disappointed for the Fulham fans as his side battled back but could not secure a win against Reading on Saturday.
The Whites were 2-0 and 3-1 down, but a Bryan Ruiz double almost secured a draw against the club who were relegated earlier this week. Hugo Rodallega hit the bar at 3-2 down as Fulham searched for the equaliser, but it was not be and Jol was sad that the fans were not able to celebrate this weekend.
“We had a chance in the first minute but in all the other games we have started off well but gave away the initiative,” he said. “Then there was the penalty-kick, which was an anti-climax and then another hill to climb. We had to change it as we were not dangerous enough up front. They were more relaxed and that is perhaps normal because they are relegated and have nothing to gain.
“But for us, we wanted to do something and play for the fans. We reached 40 points a couple of weeks ago and that seemed enough, but you never know and we would have liked to have taken some points. We really wanted to fight and get to 43 points.”
Jol admitted that he was ashamed of the performance for the Fulham fans as his side battled, but saw their hopes of a revival killed by goals from Adam Le Fondre and Jem Karacan.
“I said it last week, after the Arsenal game, that my players fought like lions, which means the application was there. It is not easy when you have 40 points to motivate yourself and each other, but in that respect we did okay and it was one of our better matches against Chelsea. We couldn’t get the results, and it was difficult for us against Everton, but against Reading we really wanted to win and get the points, so I am a little bit ashamed for the fans.
“The only positive thing is that, even at 2-1, we were still in it and we should have maybe had a penalty. Then at 3-2 we hit the bar which would have made it 3-3. So, although it was a horrible afternoon, the positive thing is that we scored a couple of goals and we could have scored more. We never gave up, but it was not the best performance either as a team or individuals.”