Jack Grimmer was frustrated with the Whites’ performance after they went out of the FA Cup following a Fourth Round Replay defeat to Sunderland at Craven Cottage.
“We just didn’t get going at all,” the Scottish defender told fulhamfc.com after the match. “They changed their system, which didn’t really suit us as well as we thought it would. But we didn’t really play well. And you can definitely say that we should have taken our chance in Sunderland.”
The Whites started the match with confidence following a good showing up at the Stadium of Light in the first outing of the FA Cup Fourth Round, where they secured a 0-0 draw to force the Replay.
“I think everyone can safely say we were the better team up at Sunderland and deserved to get more than what we got,” said Grimmer. “People were saying well done for getting a draw but a club of Fulham’s stature shouldn’t be happy with that. So definitely coming into the Replay we were confident, but it just didn’t go our way.”
Despite Sunderland dominating possession in the first half, the Whites walked off the pitch at half-time 1-0 up thanks to a Hugo Rodallega goal that came after Cauley Woodrow’s effort was blocked.
“Even though we didn’t play really well, we came in at the end of the first half 1-0 up,” said Grimmer. “That’s just the way football is. There was definitely belief that we could do it because we just didn’t think that they would score
“Around us we always felt secure, and I thought we were going to win 1-0, or maybe even 2-0. But they showed their quality in the end and managed to get themselves back into the game and eventually they managed to go and get the win.”
Grimmer says the team must now 'knuckle down and move onto the next game' which comes this weekend against Birmingham City at Craven Cottage (3pm).
“Everyone thinks we're going in the right direction,” he insisted. “There are maybe a couple of ups and downs. We’d been having a good run before the games and Sunderland and Blackburn, but that’s just the way a Championship season goes.
“You’re never going to win every match but we spoke about it after the Blackburn game and everyone thinks we're doing the right thing, so hopefully we go into the next game very confident. They [Birmingham] have managed to turn their season around as well so it’s sure to be a good match.”
With the recent arrival of Jazz Richards on loan from Swansea City, it's also a match where Grimmer will be fighting for his spot in the team.
“Jazz has come in and done well, and he’s fitted right in,” said Grimmer. “Even though we’re competing for a place, it doesn’t really matter to me.
“He’s still one of my teammates and if he comes in and helps the team do well then so be it. But it definitely keeps you on your toes in training. You need to show every day why you deserve to play and then it’s just down to the Manager who he thinks is going to do the best job.
“You pretend not to think about that side of things when you're going out to play, but you can’t lie and say it’s not in your mind. But it can be a good thing because it can make you work harder.”
Grimmer also thanked the fans who came out on a cold London night to support the Whites against the Black Cats.
He stated: “It was great that the fans had a real buzz about them – a buzz from being back against a Premier League team. But we showed over the two games that the gap isn’t nearly what people might have thought it was.”