Fulham manager Chris Coleman admitted his side were fortunate to beat West Brom at Craven Cottage this afternoon but was delighted with the three points that propelled the Whites further clear of the drop zone.

“West Brom were better than us. They should have beaten us,” he said.

“But I don’t mind us being a bit lucky to win. We’ll take that. I don’t know what to say to Robbo, though. He’s devastated.

“Our quality of play was poor and I didn’t expect us to get a goal from a set-piece because we rarely do, but we are having a good little spell and if we beat Birmingham next week we might be able to start thinking about climbing the table.

“At least we stuck out to the end. That’s what got us through and it was well worked from the corner.”

Coleman confirmed his interest in signing Manchester City’s London-born defender Ben Thatcher, who is unsettled in the north-west, and said: “We could fix up something next week. We’ve spoken to Kevin Keegan and the player’s agent.”

But Coleman said he was determined to keep all his top players during the transfer window.

Boa Morte last week signed a new deal which will keep him at the club until 2008 while goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar is expected to agree a new contract this week.

Another transfer target for Premiership clubs, Frenchman Steed Malbranque, twisted an ankle against Albion and looks certain to miss Wednesday’s FA Cup replay at home to Watford.