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Chris Coleman was bitterly disappointed after Fulham surrendered a two-goal lead to lose to Liverpool at Craven Cottage this afternoon.

The Fulham boss told his post-match press conference: “We need to wake up and smell the coffee and we have to learn to be at the races. Sure, Liverpool got two lucky goals to put them back in the match – but you can’t make that an excuse. We never seem to get lucky goals, only difficult ones.

“I’m very disappointed. You shouldn’t lose any match if you are 2-0 up at half-time. But signs of panic set in after they got their first off Zat’s backside. We were still in it at 2-2 when Josemi was sent off. It is not good enough to say we were unlucky. Our heads went down, and that’s a shame because largely they are all good honest pros.

“I’m still convinced our system is right and I am going to stick with it. I won’t make excuses about suspensions or injuries.”