Fulham’s Under-23s suffered their first league defeat in 10 on Monday evening as they lost away 2-1 to West Bromwich Albion.
“We deserved to win the game” commented PL2 Head Coach Peter Grant. “We were excellent in periods in very trying conditions, it was a difficult pitch.
“I can understand why West Brom play the way they did, they made it difficult for us, but I thought we created chances without really working the goalkeeper as much as we should have.
“We got a lot of balls into the box but the final part wasn’t excellent, we should have seen the game out, once we went 1-0 in-front there should have only been one winner.
“We lost by two goals in the end, a set play in the box we didn’t deal with it and it cost us dearly. I said that was the only way I could see the opposition scoring, from set plays and that happened with two of them.
“I’m disappointed by that, but there were some excellent performances in difficult conditions.
“Luca de la Torre was excellent. To be fair to the young boys, Jayden Harris and Tyrese Francois, I thought they were fantastic after playing 90 minutes for the Under-18s on Saturday at Everton.
“So it was difficult for them but they acquitted themselves very well indeed, great to see Luca playing, and also Marlon Fossey got 60 minutes in the game. So those were the positives, the negative was obviously the result."
It was only the Baggies’ second league win of the season as they played a more direct style of football.
“They’re a big side,” he said. “They lump balls into the box with no fineness, and it was the only way I could see them scoring, the boys dealt with it well for big periods of the match. Unfortunately, at the most crucial time it cost us.
“The boys have done excellently for the last 10 games. If there is a way I wanted to lose, I’d rather someone outplayed us and out thought us, or created better chances than us, that wasn’t the case today."
Fulham are back in action this week as they play Blackburn Rovers at Motspur Park.
“We will buckle ourselves down and start again, that is the beauty of football. We know what we have to do.
“Blackburn gave us a bit of a doing up there, they put us under pressure, we didn’t have a few people available to us in that particular game and there were a few things that went their way as well. We know what we are up against, a very physical side that don’t ask anyone questions.
“They put the ball forward and we have to match that. We will want to get the ball down and create chances. If we match their commitment with guile, I expect us to do well.”