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Chris Coleman admitted his thoughts were “unprintable” after Fulham lost a seven-goal thriller with relegation-haunted Blackburn by the odd goal.

Coleman fumed: “You couldn’t write in the papers what I feel about that match. To score three goals against a team fighting relegation but concede four is something I can’t explain. We’ve just had three clean sheets on the bounce and if you’d said Blackburn would score four goals here I wouldn’t have believed you.

“Every goal could have been avoided and that’s disappointing. We were sloppy defensively, gave away four bad goals and were a little bit cocky. We scored at a great time just before half-time but within five minutes were 3-2 down – and that was beyond me.”

Coleman is now sweating on a possible Football Association charge after Soho Square scrutinise video footage of Zat Knight appearing to headbutt Stead.

“I think Zat put his head into Stead,” he admitted. “He made contact with his head. If the ref saw it, he’d have been sent off – but he didn’t and it’s as simple as that.”

“I hope he doesn’t get a ban but we’ll have to wait and see what happens.

“Zat lost his head and we don’t condone that sort of thing. He’s a nice lad and not malicious so we’ll keep our fingers crossed.”