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Fulham defender Alain Goma was disappointed that Fulham failed to claim all three points against Manchester City last weekend.

The classy French centre half told the club’s official website:

“To get a draw was a shame because we showed some good qualities during the match but on the other hand we weren’t strong enough to keep hold of a winning score. We worked very hard to get ahead after being one goal down – so to lose the lead so late in the game was very disappointing.

Manchester City have a good squad and it’s always been difficult to play against them. I remember last season we lost 4-1 against them and they certainly have some good individual players – in that respect the draw was a good result but we were still very disappointed.”

Goma admitted that he pays little attention to form in the early weeks of the season and is instead concentrating on replicating Fulham’s high levels of recent displays as they look to return to winning ways at Blackburn this weekend.

For me that doesn’t mean anything, each game is different. We know that it’s going to be difficult to play there but hopefully we can play with the same spirit as we did on Saturday and get a good result.”

The former Newcastle centre half was full of praise for Zat Knight’s progression after the young defender justified Chris Coleman’s faith with a series of composed performances at the heart of the Fulham defence.

Zat has been excellent. It’s important for us to have this kind of tall player who is good at dealing with long balls and set pieces. He has been doing really well. The one area of his game he needed to improve on from last season was his concentration. He needed to be switched on all the time and that’s what he has been doing. We communicate with each other quite well on the pitch and it’s clear to see that he’s more focussed on the game and is making a big difference to the team.

Goma insisted that his best form remains somewhere in the future.

The best part of my season doesn’t usually come at the start. I’m like a diesel engine; it takes me a while to warm up!”