Fredericks: Pleasing Comeback.

Sunday 6 March 2016 17:00

Ryan Fredericks was heartened by the determination shown to battle back but bemoaned the inability to hold the lead against Reading.

Ryan Fredericks was left with a “really disappointing” feeling as the Whites threw away a first half lead against Reading on Saturday.

Moussa Dembélé gave Fulham a dream start as he steered a Michael Madl header home in the eighth minute before Hal Robson-Kanu struck twice to give Reading the advantage at the half-time interval.

“It was very disappointing,” Fredericks said. “They were both very sloppy goals that we shouldn’t be giving away.

“We were prepared for set-pieces and looked at them before the match. We knew they were one of Reading’s strengths.

“So to concede the second one was disappointing and we were gutted to be going in one down at half-time.

“We felt like we were comfortable when we were one up and we didn’t need to go in like that.”

The second half saw the Whites fight back to grab the equaliser and solidify to earn a valuable point away from home. The desire, passion and determination to get back into the game pleased the Fulham defender and he admitted Head Coach Slaviša Jokanović had voiced his displeasure about the performance.

“We showed great determination to come back,” Fredericks said. “He [Jokanović] said that it wasn’t good enough. We all knew that. We are all players who have played enough games to know that.

“We shouldn’t be cruising at 1-0 and go in 2-1 down. For the first 20 minutes we were cruising and felt comfortable.

“We just said we have to sort ourselves out. This can’t be happening every week. We can’t concede goals like we did when we were on top.”

Fredericks was instrumental in the Fulham fight back; a constant threat to the Reading defenders with his blistering pace and directness.

Having beaten Jake Cooper on the outside with ease he was chopped down in the box in the 51st minute, and Fredericks admitted there was only one place he was going when he saw he only had Cooper to beat.

“I feel confident going up against anyone, especially up against a 6 foot 5 centre-back,” he stated. “I knew I had to be direct and head straight for goal.

“Luckily enough he brought me down and Ross tucked away the pen, which was nice.”

The Whites will be back in action on Tuesday night against table-topping Burnley. Despite their stature, Fredericks feels optimistic going in to the encounter.

“We feel really confident,” Fredericks admitted. “We felt confident when we went up there when they were top of the league.

“We are confident going up against anyone. At home, with the fans behind us we can beat anyone.

“With how the results went for us on Saturday it is crucial we pick up the three points.”

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