A devastated Ryan Fredericks admitted Fulham’s fans deserved better than the performance in the defeat at local rivals Brentford on Saturday.
Fredericks was one of the few bright spots to come out of the game. He was introduced at half-time and his energy down the right caused problems for the Bees. The Whites, though, were already 3-0 down at that stage. Early goals from Sam Saunders and Scott Hogan put the hosts in control at Griffin Park and the latter then wrapped things up with a volley five minutes before the break.
“Everyone is devastated,” Fredericks told the official website. “A local London derby is always one of the biggest games of the season, no matter where you are in the league. We killed ourselves being 2-0 down 10 minutes in and it was only going to go one way from there, it was going to be pretty hard for us to pull it back.
“We normally start games on the front foot but it felt like we weren’t really awake for the first five or 10 minutes and that’s why we got punished. They were clinical, they took their chances, and the game was really over after 10 minutes.”
More than 1,600 Fulham supporters made the short journey to Brentford only to see their neighbours take the bragging rights.
Fredericks added: “Credit to the fans, it’s been a hard season for them and we haven’t given them much to cheer about. But the main thing is we’re still in the league, even though our ambition was to be fighting at the top of the table.
“I’m sure we’ll be in a better state next season, but thanks to the fans for being there for us at all the games this term. Hopefully next season we can give them something to shout about.”