Fulham boss Chris Coleman admitted his side were devastated after Francis Jeffers’ last-minute goal denied them a place in the FA Cup fifth round. The Cottagers had one foot in the next stage when Jeffers pounced to earn Everton a 1-1 draw and a replay.
“I’m disappointed for the players more than anything,” he said. “I thought they did more than enough to win. “To concede at the death was heart-breaking but overall I’m pleased with the performance.”
“Everton bombarded us with crosses and threw caution to the wind,” Coleman added. “I was critical at how we defended against Newcastle but defensively they shut me up – they were very solid and handled set-pieces very well.
“We had quite a few chances on the break to kill them off. The finishing was a bit disappointing, but I can’t ask for any more than the way they responded. Everton kept going and Franny did what he does best. But we will go back to Loftus Road and look to kill them off.”
Coleman paid tribute to goalscorer Sean Davis, who almost joined Everton last year before the deal fell through following a medical.
“Sean was outstanding and has really rediscovered his form of last season and is probably playing even better now. He has matured and is doing brilliantly at the moment.”
Davis admitted it was nice to get on the scoresheet.
“There was a lot of speculation I was going to be here but I failed a medical,” he said. “I’m a Fulham player and it’s nice to score anywhere. To concede an equaliser at the last minute – especially a scrappy goal – was devastating for us.”
Coleman confirmed he was still seeking to make another signing before the end of the January transfer window.
“I’ve got one or two people in mind but there’s not much time left. I’m still optimistic we can bring one more in though.”