René's Reaction

Tuesday 28 January 2014 22:30

René Meulensteen was left ruing missed opportunities as Fulham left Swansea with a 2-0 defeat on Tuesday evening.

In an evenly matched first half, Fulham had two golden chances to break the deadlock through Brede Hangeland and Ashkan Dejagah headers, but the first sailed over, before Dejagah nodded into the arms of Swansea stopper Gerhard Tremmel.

And the Whites were made to pay as the home side flew out of the blocks in the second half and nabbed the points through a fortunate Jonjo Shelvey strike, and Chico Flores’ header.

“The first one [Hangeland’s header] I thought was a really, really big chance,” Meulensteen said after the game.  “It was a great delivery, the goalkeeper completely misjudged it and it was really an open net, and we need to start taking those chances.

“I thought that we should have come away with at least something considering the first half and the chances we had. We should have got our noses in front and it’s very disappointing that we didn’t.

“The second half was much better from Swansea’s point of view and not good from our point of view but it took a goal with two deflections, another deflection to get the second one in, and it really typifies the situation we’re in. As soon as you go behind it becomes a big mountain to overcome.”

The Head Coach continued: “We came here with the right intentions. We knew that if we could nick a win here, then we would have gone above Swansea, and then Swansea are dragged in.

“And you could sense that a little bit with them as well and I do think, if we’d got in front, it would probably have turned out to be a completely different game. But as soon as they got in front it gave them a lot of relief and it gave us an even harder task to turn the game around.”

With the transfer window slamming shut on Friday night, Meulensteen was asked if there was any progress made regarding players coming in.

“I have to catch up with Alastair Mackintosh,” he said. “As we know, it’s the last three days which will be very hectic so hopefully the things that we have in our minds we can materialise, but at the moment there’s not really any concrete news.”