Fulham manager Chris Coleman was upset at referee Mark Halsey after his decision to deny Fulham a penalty and disallow a Collins John goal.
A first half clash between Ashley and Andy Cole saw Halsey initially give the penalty. However, he retracted the spot-kick after consulting with both assistant referees.
“The referee got it all wrong,” Coleman said. “I don’t make excuses and I won’t make any today. We scored a perfectly good goal and we had a penalty amazingly turned down. To be fair, the referee came to me afterwards and said: ‘I got it wrong’. I’m not sure if he meant the goal or the penalty but, for me, he got them both wrong. We should have been one or two-nil up at half time.”
Coleman praised his team despite the defeat and is confident Fulham will return to winning ways after three straight defeats.
“My team were immense,” the Welshman continued. “We started brightly and we were in the game for 65 minutes. We have to show the same commitment against West Brom in our next game. I’m sure we will give them a good game.”