Fulham boss Chris Coleman was at a loss to explain why his squad failed to produce the goods after the Whites slipped to a disappointing defeat at the hands of Charlton.

“The last three games we have played pretty well against Chelsea, Norwich and Manchester United – but it is these games which are the most important ones for us,” he said.

“It is easier to raise your games against people like that, but we have got to make sure our consistency is against Charlton, Southampton and Bolton, who are similar to us.

“I don’t think it was a lack of desire, we just could not get going in the final third.

“We looked like we had a few tired legs, and I don’t know why.”

Fulham now face Arsenal on Boxing Day and need to start putting some points on the board if they are to maintain some distance between themselves and the bottom three.

Coleman reflected: “We have 18 points at Christmas, which is way down on where we preferred to be, and there are some massive games coming up.”