Kit Symons admitted Fulham rode their luck to secure a 1-1 draw at home to Rotherham United on Wednesday night.
After Matt Derbyshire had put the visitors into an early lead, the Millers missed a hatful of chances to wrap it up in what was a lacklustre first-half display by Fulham.
The Whites were improved after the break and ensured the spoils were shared when Ross McCormack scored his 16th goal of the campaign.
In an honest appraisal of Fulham’s opening 45 minutes, Symons said: “First half I thought we were awful, terrible, we were nowhere near it. Credit to Rotherham, they pressed us and we weren’t at it. We didn’t get the ball down and pass it and we didn’t compete well enough either.
“We couldn’t get our flair players into the game but you still need to be able to dig in and compete and that wasn’t really happening first half. We rode our luck and the one positive at half-time was that we were still in the game. They could have been out of sight.
“Second half we got the goal back and had a couple of half-decent chances. The players showed good character to come from a goal behind. We competed better, got the goal and had a few other chances.
“But first half we looked very nervous. It’s an anxious time for the Club and people are concerned and worried. But you have to deal with the situation.”
The point edged Fulham seven points clear of the drop zone, although 22nd-place Millwall have a game in hand. The Whites have drawn their last three matches.
“There’s still a bit to do,” said Symons. “We’re limping closer. I would have liked to have seen us sprinting over the line but we’re edging closer. The sooner we do it the happier I’ll be.
“Nervousness and confidence are very difficult to affect and change. You try your upmost to gee the boys up and you can say all the right things, but once that whistle goes it’s down to the lads on the pitch.
“It’s tough and it’s hard work at the minute. I’d be gloomier if we’d lost all three, we’re getting there but it’s quite painful for everyone. It’s getting through this season, maintaining our championship status and doing a lot of hard work over the summer.”
Asked on the progress of the injured Lasse Vigen Christensen and Emerson Hyndman, Symons added: “Hyndman is likely to be fit sooner than Christensen. Neither are back in training. Both are unlikely for Middlesbrough. We’ll have to wait and see.”