Fulham Manager Martin Jol admitted his side were well beaten at Southampton on Saturday.
In a one-sided first half, the impressive front pairing of Rickie Lambert and Jay Rodriguez struck to put the Saints firmly in control at St Mary’s. Fulham were improved after the break but failed to test Artur Boruc, leaving Jol to reflect on a disappointing display.
“I thought it was a game of two halves,” he said afterwards. “In the first half, I thought it could be a hammering but in the second half we held them 0-0. That was the only good thing to come out of today.
“Of course, it was disappointing. We had a problem with Adam Lallana and Rodriguez and Lambert. We conceded a goal from a corner-kick again and to come back away to Southampton, who’ve only conceded three goals all season, was always going to be difficult.
“We couldn’t get the ball forward because they pressed us. We forgot to play football and even Manchester United couldn’t get out of their half against them last week. Like we did in the second half against Crystal Palace we needed a good passing game to get the ball to our best players. We didn’t do that today. We weren’t aggressive enough to keep the ball.”
Jol made a tactical switch at half-time, with Aaron Hughes replacing Sascha Riether and the boss continued: “After the first half I really thought we needed to try and repair the damage and that’s what we tried to do with Hughes. That helped a bit because we didn’t defend well in the first half with Lallana drifting infield and Sascha staying out on the right.
“But Southampton have a good team. They’ve spent a lot of money and they have good players, strong midfielders. Even Nathaniel Clyne, who was probably the cheapest of the lot, is getting better and better.”