Fulham’s top scorer Andrew Cole concedes the players have not done themselves justice this season.

Cole was on target during The Cottagers’ 3-1 victory over Portsmouth on Sunday which boosted the club’s quest to stay in The Premiership.

A six-point cushion now separates Fulham from the relegation zone, as Chris Coleman’s troops edge closer to safety.

Experienced striker Cole, who was a summer signing from Blackburn Rovers, acknowledged that the onus is on the players to keep the club in the top flight as they are responsible for their present plight.

“I don’t think we’ve done ourselves justice this season,”

“As a team we have been very disappointing at times.

“We’ve got ourselves into this position so we’ve got to get ourselves out of it.”

Cole put Fulham back into the match against Pompey before defensive mistakes allowed Brian McBride and Luis Boa Morte to clinch a valuable three points for the hosts.

A half time pep talk from manager Coleman lifted Fulham’s performance and Cole admits it was a crucial three points to collect. He added: “It’s a big win for us.

“Cookie’s (Coleman) been on about it all week. The players have been on about it for the past two weeks.

“Hopefully with performances like that in the second half we can only go up.”