Ryan Fredericks insists Friday night’s 5-0 defeat at Brighton was a ‘blip’ in Fulham’s recent run.
The Whites went into the game with three wins and a draw in their last four games but suffered a heavy loss at the Amex to promotion-chasing Brighton.
There was nothing in for the opening 25 minutes but the Seagulls were awarded a hugely debatable penalty just before the half-hour mark when Richard Stearman was alleged to have fouled James Wilson, a decision which knocked the stuffing out of Fulham and one they never recovered from.
“I felt like we lost a bit of confidence after the first goal went in,” Fredericks told the official website. “We were dejected because we didn’t think it was a penalty. Instead of digging in after that, we stopped playing our football and started going a bit longer, which wasn’t our game plan, and, as a result, conceded more goals.
“The penalty was really soft, there was hardly any contact at all; he [Wilson] played for it. Stears was behind him and Wilson stopped and brought on the contact. The ref said to Stears at half-time that he might have made a mistake but it’s too late now and we conceded four more goals after that so we’ve got no excuses.
“We lost all sort of shape and couldn’t really break them down. They were solid and had nine or 10 men behind the ball so it was hard to breakthrough. Then when they got their chances, they took them.”
The Whites were backed by more than 2,200 travelling fans but gave them little to shout about on a miserable evening.
“Thanks for everyone to coming out, we could still hear them cheering,” said Fredericks. “We’re just sorry we couldn’t get the result for them.”
The right-back picked up his 12th booking of the season in the clash by the seaside but isn’t worried by his increasing tally of yellow cards.
“I had to make the foul, it was a tactical one as the player would have been through onto the defence,” stated Fredericks. “As long as I don’t get suspended, I’ve got no problems with the record.”
Fulham have little time to dwell on the result at Brighton with an away trip to Ipswich Town on Tuesday night.
“We know how quickly we can go on a run,” added Fredericks. “We’ve had four good results on the spin, this is a blip. We know what we can do and we’re going to get back to it on Tuesday. I’m sure we can pick ourselves up.”