Following the 2-2 draw against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday, a disappointed Dan Burn caught up with fulhamfc.com and voiced his displeasure at the inability of the team to maintain their first half form and capitalise on their dominance.
“After the Ipswich game we wanted to work a lot harder defensively and to iron out any problems that we had,” Burn said.
“I thought in the first half we did really, really well. Defensively we were tidy and looking a lot better. In the second half to an extent I think we defended a lot better but it just goes to show that you have to be ruthless in this game. We can’t play like that for 45 minutes and not take our chances.
“It’s law of averages that they are going to get shots on goal. It is very disappointing that their first goal came straight from Kača’s chance, it is a really tough one to take. We should without a doubt be winning games like this.”
Burn mirrored the sentiment expressed by both Stuart Gray and Ross McCormack when they reacted to the game, feeling the team were unfortunate not to take one of the opportunities to extend the lead, but was proud with the determination showed to get back and earn the draw.
“We had so many chances to put them away and push on to the win but we just didn’t do it and then we conceded,” he continued. “When they got that goal, the crowd got behind them and they grew in confidence.
“When we fell behind I think we did well to fight back. When you have players like Ross, Kača and Moussa in form you always believe that you can grab another at some point.”
Ross McCormack scored with another exceptional free-kick to salvage a point for the Whites and Burn was quick to acknowledge the importance of his goals of late.
“Ross has scored three free-kicks recently I think," he said. "He did it again to pull us up and earn the point again and then went really close to giving us the win late on. He has been brilliant for us.”
The Whites will look to bounce back on Boxing Day against a Derby County side sitting second in the table, two points behind Middlesbrough. Burn insists the squad will continue to iron out any defensive frailties and believes the team needs to be more clinical.
“I think we have to be a lot more ruthless going forward when we face Derby," he stated. "There were mistakes leading up to the two goals that we conceded at Bolton so on Monday we will have a look at them and continue to work.
“It is a massive game against Derby, an opportunity to pick up three points and start pressing on.”